Daniel Muriel

PhD in Sociology, Ludic Dilettante

Research projects

The Videoludification of Culture: Understanding Contemporary Society through Video Games

January 2014-January 2017
Directorate of Social Sciences, University of Salford, Salford, Greater Manchester (United Kingdom); Department of Sociology 2, University of the Basque Country (Spain)

Funded by Basque Government, Postdoctoral Programme

Summary:
Drawing on new and original empirical data, including interviews with gamers, as well as key representatives of the video game industry, media, and the fields of education and arts, my research provides a consideration of how video games and their culture can help us understand agency, power, experience, everyday life, empathy, identification, and identity in contemporary society. But it also provides an important lens for understanding, from a sociological point of view, video games as experience, culture, and sociotechnical assemblages.


World(s) of victims. Dispositifs and processes of identity construction of ‘the victim’ in contemporary Spain. Study of four paradigmatic cases

January 2012-January 2015
University of the Basque Country (Spain)
Vigo University (Spain)
Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain)
Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain)
CERI de Sciences-Po (France)
Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra (Portugal)
Funded by Ministry of Science and Innovation, Spanish Government, Fundamental Research Projects Program

Summary: The project seeks to investigate the processes of identity construction associated with the figure of the victim in contemporary Spain.


TOLERACE. The semantics of tolerance and (anti-)racism in Europe: public bodies and civil society on a comparative perspective

February 2010-March 2013
University of the Basque Country (Spain)
Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra (Portugal)
The Danish National Centre for Social Research (Denmark)
European University Viadrina (Germany)
University of Seville (Spain)
Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, University of Leeds (UK)
Funded by European Commission, European Union, Seventh Framework Programme

Summary: The main objective of the project is to explore how the different meanings given to racism, anti-racism and tolerance are shaped through the mediation of public bodies and policies at the European, national, regional and local level, as well as civil society organisations.


Precarious life conditions. The processes of increasing precariousness in social life and identity in contemporary Spanish society

January 2009-December 2011
University of the Basque Country (Spain)
University of Valencia (Spain)
Funded by Ministry of Science and Innovation, Spanish Government, Fundamental Research Projects Program

Summary: The main aim of the project is to carry out a research on the processes involved in the increasing precariousness of social life and identity in contemporary Spanish society.


Experts in the construction of identities through the Basque and Catalan cultural heritage

July 2009-July 2010
Basque Studies Society and Catalan Studies Institute
Funded by Basque Studies Society and Catalan Studies Institute

Summary: A comparative analysis on the role of experts in relation to the processes involved in the construction of identities within the Basque and Catalan societies.


The cultural politics system in Spain

January 2009-December 2011
University of Barcelona (Spain)
University of the Basque Country (Spain)
Funded by Ministry of Science and Innovation, Spanish Government, Fundamental Research Projects Program

Summary: This project carries out a global analysis of the cultural politics system in Spain.


Evaluation of the third Plan of Portugalete’s City Council on Drug Dependency

June 2009-January 2010
City Council of Portugalete (Spain), 2009

Summary: Professional research work carried out to design a tool in order to evaluate the master plan of the City Council focused on handling drug dependency.


Assessment of the knowledge, use and evaluation as regards Vitoria’s Plan on Youth (2006-2008) and Panoramic view and future perspectives on the situation of young people in Vitoria

September 2008-March 2009
University of the Basque Country (Spain)
Fundend by the City Council of Vitoria, Álava (Spain)

Summary: The work consists in the assessment of Vitoria’s Plan on Youth and the analysis of the future perspectives for young people in the city.


The Expert Construction of Heritage. A Sociology of Mediations on the Role Played by the Fabric of Expertise in the Production of Cultural Heritage in the Basque Country

September 2004-September 2008
University of the Basque Country (Spain)
Funded by the Basque Government, Doctoral Programme

Summary: Fellowship funding a PhD thesis on the expert construction of identities through the production of cultural heritage.


Free Software at university. Study on the conditions to implement Free Software within the scholar community that belongs to the public system of universities in the Basque Country

January 2006-December 2006
University of the Basque Country (Spain)
Funded by EJIE, Basque Government

Summary: The research focuses on how to implement Free Software within the universities of the Basque Country in relation to its social dimension.


Ways of learning at university

April 2006-December 2006
University of Valencia (Spain)
University of the Basque Country (Spain)
University of Murcia (Spain)
University of Oviedo (Spain)
Funded by Ministry of Education and Science, Government of Spain

Summary: It is an exploratory study on the different ways of learning carried out by students at four Spanish universities (Valencia, Basque Country, Oviedo, Murcia).


The production of Identity in the Knowledge Society

June 2004-June 2005
University of the Basque Country (Spain)
Funded by Basque Studies Society

Summary: The project explores the role of the expert culture in the production of collective identity in the Basque Country.

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