Iain Donald


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Personal Profile

Prior to joining Abertay as a lecturer in 2010, I worked in IT and Game Development.

I currently combine my industry experience with my doctoral field (history) by exploring the intersection of games, digital media and history. My recent work explores commemoration and memorialization in videogames and interactive media.

I primarily teach game production and am actively engaged through the Biome Collective in researching production and management within the creative industries, particularly project methodologies for SMEs and for multiplatform development.

I have led several award-winning Applied Games projects, and have written and presented on creating and developing games for digital health, education, cybersecurity and social change.



AG0761A - Quality Assurance and User Experience

AG0960A - Prototype Game Development

AG0961A - Game Application Development

AG0963A - The Producer in Interactive Media

AG0980A - Professional Project

AG1060A - Game Professional Awareness

AG1063A - Games Industry Awareness


AG1160A - The Games Marketplace

Research Interests

My principal research interests lie in production and management within the creative industries, with particular reference to the area of project methodologies across multiplatform development. Recent research includes a study in balancing traditional and agile approaches within a multiplatform environment.

I am actively engaged in researching in the field of digital media where I have written and presented on the topics of practice-based teaching, user engagement, collaborative working models and the sharing of intellectual property for the Digital Media and Games industries.

Combining my industry experience with my doctoral field I am investigating the history of computer games and their cultural significance and relationship with public opinion. Other research interests include quality assurance, user experience, continued professional development, sector diversification, sector incentivisation, quality of life and unionisation.


2014 - Interface Follow-on Funding £30k

2013 - Care Inspectorate £7.5k

2013 - NHS Education LaMP Project £9.9k

2012 - BP/Odjfell Game prototype Funding £18k

2011 - CPD Quality Assurance £5k

Knowledge Exchange

2011 - Samsung Bada Challenge, University of Abertay Organiser http://www.badastudentdeveloperchallenge.com/450/university-of-abertay-dundee/http://www.abertay.ac.uk/about/news/newsarchive/2012/name,8989,en.html

2011 - Evolution and Convergence of Games and Platforms, BBC Production Masters Workshop. BBC Scotland.

2011 - Understanding Games and Gamers. BBC Production Masters Workshop. BBC Scotland


2011 - The Full Spectrum : A History of Dundee's Gaming Industry, The McManus, Dundee http://www.thecourier.co.uk/News/Dundee/article/13071/mcmanus-hosting-the-full-spectrum-a-history-of-dundee-s-gaming-industry.html

2011 - Making Digital Dundee – Scottish Television, Dundee http://www.abertay.ac.uk/about/news/newsarchive/2011/name,8351,en.html

2011 - Scotland Stand, Games Developer Conference, San Francisco - attendance directly led to Samsung Bada Challenge

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Research Output 2014 2019

Back to people, back to basics

Messer, S., Donald, I. & Hayes, M., 5 May 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

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Just war? War games, war crimes, and game design

Donald, I., 1 Jun 2019, In : Games and Culture. 14, 4, p. 367-386 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
War Crimes
war crime
Red Cross

Lest they forget: exploring commemoration and remembrance through games and digital technologies

Donald, I., 2019, The Palgrave handbook of artistic and cultural response to war since 1914: the British Isles, the United States and Australasia. Kerby, M., Baguley, M. & McDonald, J. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 427-446 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Finding the will to go on

Donald, I., 2018, First World War: the Scottish soldier's story. Lindsay, C. (ed.). Dundee: DCT Media & Co. Ltd, p. 132-133 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther chapter contribution

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Gaming the heart of darkness

Pittner, F. & Donald, I., 4 Sep 2018, In : Arts. 7, 3, 13 p., 46.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Open Access
Heart of Darkness
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Establishing methodologies for the analysis and development of interactive documentary

Author: Galloway, D., Sep 2013

Supervisor: Dempster, E. W. (Supervisor) & Donald, I. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis