Steven Harris

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Computing and Technology

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Computing and technology

Steve is experienced in game development, with particular focus on serious games and game based learning. His industry experience is in agile development and publishing games using the Unreal Engine.

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Follow Steve on Twitter or read his blog, Design4Play.


Before joining Anglia Ruskin, Steve worked in the defence industry as a software engineer where he developed an interest in serious games. He also held senior positions in the IT industry, gaining experience of agile development processes. Steve has a specific interest in exploring how to make video games more accessible to the visually impaired.

As a STEM ambassador, Steve works closely with several schools to help promote STEM subjects and computational thinking. He's also provided consultancy services to external companies with particular focus on e-learning and game-based learning projects. He co-founded Seven Line Studios Ltd, a game development studio, developing games for iOS.

Away from work, Steve has an interest in medieval history and has held the title of World and European Field Archery Champion on two occasions.

Research interests

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  • Physical interface devices for serious games
  • Game design techniques for serious games – gamification
  • Digital and real-world game-based learning
  • Enhancing navigation techniques for the visually impaired
  • Exploiting existing commercial (gaming) hardware to assist the visually impaired
  • Enhancing the understanding of the STEM subjects through the use of video game technology and game-based learning

Steven is a member of our Sound And Game Engineering Research Group.

Areas of research supervision

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  • Serious games
  • Game-based learning
  • Game design for the visually impaired
  • Game accessibility for the visually impaired
  • Non a priori navigation techniques 3D environments
  • PhD supervision: Mesh optimisation techniques for 3D game models

Find out more about our Computer Science PhD or our Sound Engineering PhD.


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BSc (Hons) Computer Gaming Technology


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of East Anglia
  • MSc Geographical Information Systems, University of Leicester

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member, British Computer Society (BCS)
  • Member, the Independent Game Developers Association (IGDA)
  • Member, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Co-founder of Seven Line Studios Ltd, a game development studio developing games for iOS.

Selected recent publications

Harris, S. and Linthe, T., 2013. Bacoom, iOS Game. iTunes (worldwide).

Harris, S. and Hewitt, S., 2011. ALT/ELN webinar recording: Getting Started with Serious Games. In: ALT/ELN webinar: Getting Started with Serious Games, 19 October 2011.

Harris, S. and Hewitt, S., 2009. ALT/ELN webinar recording: Instructional Design for Serious Games this recording accessible via Elluminate - 1HR 21 MINS). In: ALT/ELN webinar: Instructional Design for Serious Games, 8 December 2009.