Milena Droumeva

Assistant Professor

Milena Droumeva


  • PhD Simon Fraser University (Education)
  • MA Simon Fraser University Surrey (Interactive Arts and Technology)


Sound studies; acoustic ecology; mobile media technology; sensory ethnography, cultural dimensions of sound & listening; critical studies in new media cultures - in particular feminist game studies; sonification; media creation.


Milena is an interdisciplinary mixed-methods researcher with a focus on media and communication studies, sound studies, sensory ethnography, design and education. She has worked extensively in educational research, specifically, game-based learning and computational literacy. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Research on Digital Learning  at York University (IRDL), Milena worked on the Think, Design, Play project, which investigates game development as an instructional tool for teaching computational literacy in the k-12 system. Milena is part of the Vancouver Soundwalking Collective and has been involved in acoustic ecology, field recording and soundscape research for over 14 years. Current research interests include sound ethnographies of the city, mobile cultural practices, sound in social media, sonification of social and environmental data, as well as game sound histories and design. Milena is part of Re-FIG, an international SSHRC-funded partnership exploring women's participation in gaming, working on a transmedia historical analysis of gendered sonic archetypes in games.

Milena is a former board member of the International Community on Auditory Displays, an alumni of the Institute for Research on Digital Learning at York University, and a current Research Think-Tank and Academic Advisor in learning innovation for the social enterprise InWithForward.