Mr Craig Docherty

PhD Researcher

Computing Science and Mathematics - Division University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Mr Craig Docherty

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About me

Craig holds a First Class BSci with Honours in Software Engineering from the University of Stirling. Based in Computer Science and Mathematics, he is currently working towards his PhD on Scoping the Potential Use of Serious Games for Public Engagement with Tree and Plant Health. He is supervised by:

Dr. Savi Maharaj, Computer Science, University of Stirling  Professor Alasdair Rutherford, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology, University of Stirling Dr Glyn Jones, Economist, FERA Ltd

His doctoral work is a joint funded studentship between the: Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), University of Stirling Research and Enterprise Office, and the Computer Science and Mathematics department.


Best Student Submission
I was awarded the "Best Student Submission" award at the 2021 Gamification and Serious Games Conference (GSGS'21). This was based on my video submission, paper, and topic researched. Both of which can be found in the proceedings at:


Craig's current research interest is in Serious Games, specifically how more engaging and enjoyable education, outreach and engagement experiences can be created and used.

His current work involves:

  • Comparing the effectiveness of Games v. Non-Games for Education in a public setting for tree and plant health
  • Understanding what a visitor to a botanic garden/museum/etc would want from an interactive exhibit

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Conference Proceeding

Docherty C, Rutherford A, Jones G & Maharaj S (2021) Comparing a Game v. Non-Game approach for plant provenance public education. In: Gabron S (ed.) GSGS '21 - International Conference on Gamification and Serious Game Proceeding. Gamification & Serious Game Symposium. GSGS '21 - International Conference on Gamification and Serious Game, Lausanne, Switzerland, 28.06.2021-09.07.2021. Dublin: Digital Kingdom.


Maharaj S, Jones G, Greene P & Docherty C (2016) Gamification for public engagement with invasive tree pests and diseases (Presentation) First International European Citizen Science Association (ESCA) Conference 2016: Citizen Science - Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy, Berlin, 19.05.2016-21.05.2016.



2017/18: CSCU9A1: Introduction to Computing Science - Lecturing, Seminars, Lab Work CSCU9A2: Programming and User Interface Design - Seminars, Lab Work CSCU9A3: Data Structures, Objects, and Algorithms - Lab Work

2018/19: CSCU9A1: Introduction to Computing Science - Lecturing, Seminars, Lab Work