Alex Wade – doctoral studies

Alex Wade is a senior research fellow who is working at the edge of where videogames meet society. Using game theory to explore the intersection is his speciality examining the history of games to explore the formation of society during the Cold War and beyond. Of particular interest in his work are concepts of space, time, consumption as a function of production and the role of science and technology applied to the development of the contemporary world.


Areas of Expertise
  1. Histories of Videogames in the UK
  2. French Social Theory
  3. Research Methods
Postgraduate Supervision

Alex Wade currently supervises a number of PhD students in all areas of across the Social Sciences. He welcomes enquiries from students working in the area of Games Studies; Space, Time and Society; Social Theory and Cultural Theory. 



Wade, Alex. (2018) The Pac-Man Principle:  A User’s Guide to Capitalism, Hampstead: Zero Books

Alex Wade, A. (2016) Playback: A Genealogy of British Videogames of the 1980s, New York: Bloomsbury  

Journal Articles:

Dakka, F. and Alex Wade, A. (2019) ‘Writing Time: A Rhythmic Analysis of Contemporary Academic Writing’ Higher Education Research and Development, ‘Special Issue: Reading and Writing Across Disciplines’ Eds: Tully Barnett and Judith Seaboyer 38(1): 185-197

Jørgensen, C.; Turner, J; Alex Wade, A. and Weckesser, A; (2019) ‘Young people’s views on sexting education and support needs: findings and recommendations from a UK-based study’ Sex Education 19(1): 25-40

Alex Wade, A. (2018) ‘The Midnight Sun of the Cold War’ International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, 15(1)

Lee, N; Hewett, A; Jørgensen, C; Turner, J; Alex Wade, A. and Weckesser, A. (2018) ‘Children and sexting: the case for intergenerational co-learning’ Childhood  25(3): 385-399

Alex Wade, A. and Webber, N. (2016) ‘A Future for Games Histories?’ Cogent OA Arts and Humanities, 3(1): 2016

Alex Wade, A. (2015) ‘Speed, Dots, Fruit and Pills: The Happy Consciousness of Pac-Man’ Journal of Cultural Research, 19(3): 248-261

Alex Wade, A. (2015) ‘Driving, Dashboards and Dromology: Analysing 1980s Videogames Using Paul Virilio’s Theory of Speed’ Fast Capitalism, 12:1

Alex Wade, A. (2014) ‘Social Metaphors and Meaning in Fourth Order Simulacra’ International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, 11:1

Alex Wade A., (2008) ‘The State of the Art: Western Modes of Videogame Production’, Journal of the Digital Games Research Association, 2 (1): 102-14