About me

Hello! My name is Ruth S. Contreras, PhD by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

I am a full-time professor at University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia (UVic), a private university based in Barcelona, Spain. I also teach Game Usability and UX at the School of New Interactive Technologies (ENTI-UB). Teaching is part of my design practice. I am a co-founder and coordinator of the Observatory of Communication, Video Games and Entertainment (OCVE), INCOM at Autonomous University of Barcelona-UVic, a multi-disciplinary research group formally established on april 2014.

I have collaborated with international organizations in a huge variety of projects such as external evaluator at the Portuguese Agency of Evaluation and Accreditation (A3ES) or as Member of the scientific advisory board on Brazilian Symposium on Computer Games and Digital Entertainment (SBGames). I have also taught at University of Guadalajara (Mexico), Politechnical University of Catalonia (Spain) and University of Azuay (Ecuador).

A big chunk of my career is being the co-founder of Digital Work Force, a multimedia development studio in operation since 2004. I have been working on a wide range of projects for more than 15 years. We have created 8 digital educational games (“Personatges en Joc” Collection) to tell primary school students about important characters from the history of science and technology in Catalonia (Spain). Digital Work Force has worked for clients as GlaxoSmithKline España, Pfizer, Sociedad Española de Neumología y Cirugía Torácica, Generalitat de Catalunya, Shift Group, among others.

I’ve written about games in books like “Juegos Multijugador, el poder de las redes en el entretenimiento”, 2014 UOC press, co-authored with Jose Luis Eguia.

I am co-editor of “Gamificación en aulas universitarias“, a book dedicated to applied gamification in the area of higher education (Incom-UAB Press, 2016), with more than 17.000 downloads.

Member of the Network of Mexican Professionals Red Global Mx. President of the Barcelona Chapter.