October 5, 2023

Futures of Gambling Studies


The Research and Networking for Gambling Early-Career Scholars (RANGES) is proud to present its third international conference titled Futures of Gambling Studies taking place virtually on October 5th. As in previous years, the Futures of Gambling Studies conference aims to highlight novel research undertaken by up-and-coming researchers in the gambling field. This year’s conference will include an Early Career Research Showcase featuring national and international speakers as well as a Virtual Poster Session.

October 5th, 2023 - Early Career Research Showcase

The third iteration of our Early Career Research Showcase will take place on Thursday, October 5th, 2023 from 10:00AM to 6:00PM (UTC-4; e.g., Montreal).

This virtual event, open to the public, features national and international speakers, aims to highlight novel research undertaken by up-and-coming researchers in the gambling field.

This year's invited speakers are:

  • Elena Gomis-Vicent

    Elena Gomis-Vicent

    Labpsitec (Department of Psychology, University of Valencia, Spain) and Research Visiting Fellow at the National Addiction Centre (Department of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London, United Kingdom).

    Doctor in Psychology, with background in Biological Sciences and Cognitive Neuroscience, Dr. Elena is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Valencia in Spain, investigating the potential of virtual reality to improve the assessment of gambling disorder. In this project, she also collaborates with the National Addiction Centre at King's College London, United Kingdom (UK), as a visiting research fellow. Previously, she investigated cognitive and physiological effects of non invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) in low and high risk gambling during her PhD project, conducted at the University of East London in the UK. As part of her PhD project, she conducted a clinical trial at the UK National Problem Gambling Clinic to investigate the combination of NIBS with cognitive behavioural therapy, and completed a research internship at Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at Harvard Medical School, United States. Her main interest is to continue investigating the underlaying neurophysiological mechanisms of addictive behaviours, with the ultimate aim to find alternative and cost-effective interventions that can improve current treatment approaches for addictive behaviours.

  • Jenny Blythe

    Jenny Blythe

    London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom.

    Jenny is a PhD Student NIHR Doctoral Fellow at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She looks at local government level strategies to address gambling harms, specifically using public health approaches and considering commercial determinants of harm. She is currently a committee member on the UK national guideline for gambling harms. Jenny is a medical doctor (general practitioner) in East London, UK, and has a masters in Public Health from University of Manchester, UK. She is also a Honorary Senior Lecturer at Barts and The London Medical School, UK. Her academic interests include teaching at the Primary Care/Public health interface.

  • Stephanie Merkouris

    Stephanie Merkouris

    School of Psychology, Deakin University, Australia

    Dr Stephanie Merkouris is a Lecturer in the School of Psychology at Deakin University and is currently the recipient of a New South Wales Office of Responsible Gambling Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her main research interests relate to the development and evaluation of evidence-based treatments for individuals impacted from their own or someone else’s gambling behaviour, and in particular how advances in technology can be used to advance such interventions.

  • Thomas Babila Sama

    Thomas Babila Sama

    Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Research, Unit of Social and Public Policy, University of Helsinki, Finland.

    Academically, Dr. Thomas Babila Sama, Ph.D is a holder of a Doctor of Social Sciences degree (Ph.D) (obtained 10/2012), major in Social and Public Policy, from the University of Jyväskylä - Finland. His research interests include: social and public policy, addiction research, specifically, alcohol and gambling policy research, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and labour markets and migration. He also has a Master’s of Social Sciences degree (obtained 2007), major in Social and Public Policy, from the University of Jyväskylä - Finland. His Bachelor’s degree is in Anthropology (obtained 2003) from the University of Yaounde 1 - Cameroon. Furthermore, he has a Post Graduate Certificate In Education from Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences Teacher Education College - Finland (obtained 2011), and a Teachers’ Grade 1 Certificate from Government Teachers’ Training College (GTTC) Kumba - Cameroon (obtained 1995). Professionally, Thomas works as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Research, Unit of Social and Public Policy, University of Helsinki, Finland.

  • Viktorija Kesaite

    Viktorija Kesaite

    School of Social & Political Sciences, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom.

    Viktorija completed her PhD in Health Economics at the University of Exeter. Her PhD assessed the impact of obesity on education and employment outcomes, with specific focus on evaluating the quality of the causal methodology that was used to estimate the impact of obesity on education and employment outcomes. Currently, she is working at the University of Glasgow on multiple projects that aim to assess the impact of gambling activity on the likelihood of experiencing gambling harms and the impact of gambling on the wider macroeconomy. Her research interests also include the economics of obesity and causal inference methods for social sciences research.

  • W. Spencer Murch

    W. Spencer Murch

    Concordia University, Canada.

    Dr. W. Spencer Murch is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University. He holds a Postdoctoral Fellowship funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2022-2024). Dr. Murch obtained his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 2020. His research seeks to develop knowledge and harm-reduction systems for addictive digital products including online gambling apps and websites.


  • Research And Networking for Gambling Early-career Scholars (RANGES)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
  • Université de Sherbrooke
  • Centre de recherche Charles-LeMoyne
  • Université de Laval
  • Jeu responsabilités & société


Online event

Registration period

June 26, 2023 - 14:00 until October 5, 2023 - 17:00

Submission period

June 26, 2023 - 14:00 until September 15, 2023 - 23:30

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact rangesnetwork@gmail.com .

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