Rowan Daneels is a research and teaching assistant at the University of Antwerp. As an assistant, he is responsible for the guidance of the courses of prof. dr. Heidi Vandebosch (communication sciences) and for several scientific method courses within FSW. Besides this, he works as a PhD student within the research group Media & ICT in Organisations and Society (MIOS) under prof. dr. Heidi Vandebosch en prof. dr. Michel Walrave. Specifically, he studies positive and eudaimonic/meaningful experiences among adolescents playing digital games, and how this can influence adolescents' moral identity development and prosocial attitudes/behavior.
As a Master in Communication Studies at the University of Antwerp (Media Studies, 2014) and Ghent University (New Media & Society, 2015), Rowan has some experience in digital games research, specifically focusing on realism in games, game cessation, and serious health games. In here, he has previous work experience as:
- Research intern with MICT (research group for Media, Innovation and Communication Technologies; Ghent University)
- Intern/researcher with Mediawijs (Flemish Knowledge Center for Media Literacy)
- (Part-time) assistant with KU Leuven (Institute for Media Studies and KULAK, campus Kortrijk).
Besides this, he is also one of two lab coordinators of the Antwerp Social Lab, board member and representative of the UAntwerpen for DiGRA Flanders, the Flemish chapter of the Digital Games Research Association, and the PhD representative for the Media Psychology division of NeFCA, the Netherlands-Flanders Communication Association.
Research interests: digital games, positive media psychology, eudaimonic/meaningful game experiences, moral elevation, game realism, game cessation, virtual reality