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APRU Games and Esports Webinar Series - June 2023

The APRU Games and Esports webinar series provides an opportunity for members of the APRU Games and Esports Research Working Group and invited guests to share information about their recent, current, or upcoming research related to games and esports. The series is intended to promote interaction among Working Group members in the hopes of building up international research collaborations and outcomes.

Date & Time:

June 7, 2023, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Pacific Time UTC -8 hours)
June 8, 2023, 8:00am – 9:00am (Hong Kong/Singapore UTC +8 hours)

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Speaker: Dr. Florian Lefebvre, associate researcher at University Rouen Normandie and University Paris Saclay.

Topic: Esports curriculum development process inside British Universities – Implications for Vietnamese Universities based on the analysis of the environmental scanning stage.

In recent years, there has been an increasing interest towards the integration of esports initiatives inside universities. Research has investigated which types of esports curricula have been developed within those institutions around the world. However, uncertainty still exists about how universities in countries where esports curricula are missing can learn from the experience of universities based in countries where esports curricula are more established. Based on Khan and Law’(2015) first stage of an integrative approach to curriculum development, this research aspires to fill this gap by querying how Vietnamese universities could learn from the experience of British universities that are already committed in esports to create the conditions for the development of their own dedicated esports curriculum.

Moderator: Professor Patrick Williams, Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Florian Lefebvre
Dr. Florian Lefebvre, associate researcher at University Rouen Normandie and University Paris Saclay, visiting lecturer at Vietnam National University Hanoi.

Florian Lefebvre is currently associate researcher at University Rouen Normandie and University Paris Saclay as well as visiting Lecturer in esports management at University of Economics and Business, Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU-UEB). He obtained his PhD in sports and esports management at the Faculty of Sports Sciences of the University Paris Saclay. His research interests include the development of esports strategies within sporting organizations such as professional football clubs, Olympic actors and motorsport ones with a particular focus on Europe and Asia. His first academic publication could be found in European Sport Management Quarterly.

Professor Patrick Williams (Moderator)
Associate Professor of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University

Patrick Williams (PhD) is Associate Professor of Sociology at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His primary areas of research are culture and identity, wherein he splits his time between the study of subcultural identity and authenticity on the one hand, and game-related experiences and identities on the other. Among his many publications, he has authored and edited several books on culture, identity and/or games, including Gaming as Culture: Essays in Social Reality, Identity and Experience in Fantasy Games(2006), Subcultural Theory: Traditions and Concepts(2011), and Studies on the Social Construction of Identity and Authenticity (2020). His current research focuses on the significance of DIY culture and identity in the growth of esports in Singapore.



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