Dr. Mattia Thibault


Dr. Mattia Thibault is a Senior Researcher at Tampere University. He joined the Gamification Group in 2018 with his project ReClaim, (Marie Sklodowska Curie IF) dedicated to the study of Urban Gamification. In 2021 he has joined the Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies (GAMECULT).

Dr. Thibault has earned a PhD in Semiotics and Media at Turin University a within SEMKNOW, the first pan-European doctoral program on semiotics with a dissertation on Playfulness and Meaning-Making. He has been visiting researcher at Tartu University (Estonia), The Strong Museum of Play (Rochester, NY, US), Helsinki University (Finland), Waag technology and Society (Netherlands) and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands).

His research interests revolve around urban play, spatial gamification, speculative design, urban futures and cultural semiotics. To these topics he has dedicated dozens of papers and talks as well as co-design workshops and activist interventions.

He is passionate about play, memes, toys, and little rubber dinosaurs. No, he does not plan to grow up.


Contact Information:

email: mattia.thibault [at] tuni.fi

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Full list of publications can be found here



Thibault, M. (2021) ReClaim, Urban Gamification for City Reappropriations – Final Report (link)

-Thibault, M. (2020) Ludosemiotica, il Gioco tra Segni, testi, pratiche e Discorsi, Rome: Aracne. 236 Pages (link)

-Thibault, M. (ed.)(2016) Gamification Urbana – Letture e riscritture ludiche degli spazi urbani. Rome: Aracne. 276 pages.(link)