Heidi Spets


Doctoral researcher


I work at the University of Oulu as a doctoral student of English Philology. I am a part of the COACT (Complexity of (inter)action and multimodal participation) research group.

My main interest is real-time, co-present interaction in immersive virtual environments (IVEs). I am also interested in embodied action, especially gesture. My methodological background is in conversation analysis, and I use mainly video materials in my research.

One of the focus areas in my doctoral thesis will be environmentally coupled gestures in explanation sequences. I will examine these gestures in instances of trouble arising during IVE interaction.

Research interests

  • Interaction
  • Gesture
  • Virtual reality

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Research groups

  • COACT (Complexity of (inter)action and multimodal participation)