Academic and Teaching Staff

Dr Paul Cairns MA(Oxon) DPhil(Oxon) FHEA


My interests are in Human Computer Interaction generally but I have a particular interest in the experience of playing digital games. I have looked extensively at what it means to be immersed in games and I am also investigating the wider community experience of games. Because of the multidisciplinary nature of HCI, I get very excited about research methods, experimental and statistical methods particularly but also qualitative methods like grounded theory and discourse analysis.


Pg Cert in Higher Education
DPhil in Mathematics
BA in Mathematics


Senior lecturer in HCI at York
Lecturer and the senior lecturer at the UCL Interaction Centre.
Lecturer at Middlesex University.
Analyst programmer for The Technology Partnership.

Departmental and University Roles

  • Member of Research Studies Committee
  • IGGI Training Officer


Contact details

Department of Computer Science
University of York
Deramore Lane
YO10 5GH

Phone: +44 (0)1904 325674

Fax: +44 (0)1904 325599

Office: CSE/242

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