Jennifer R. Whitson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology & Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo. She mostly works with game devs, is on the board of the university's Games Institute, and is a Research Advisor for Execution Labs, an accelerator for game studios. Her research centres on the shifting production models of the global game industry, and tracing how risk management practices, datamining, and digital distribution shape developers' creative work and the larger cultural role of games (i.e. how do indies manage to survive ?!?). A very occasional expert blogger for Gamasutra, you can dig up most of her writing and talks online.