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Prof Pamela Briggs

Professor

Department: Psychology

Pam Briggs Staffprofile Northumbriauniversity255Pam holds a Chair in Applied Psychology, delivering innovative research and consultancy around issues of identity, trust and security in new social media.  Her research seeks answers to three main questions: Why and when do we feel secure in disclosing sensitive identity information about ourselves? What makes us trust an electronic message? How and when do we seek to protect our privacy? 

In the last five years, Pam has published over forty articles on human perceptions of trust, privacy and security in computer-mediated communication and has recently developed, with colleagues, an innovative model of health advice-seeking online (ESRC funded). She has given a number of invited addresses on online trust and e-health, including an invited address on e-health to the World Health Summit 2009, the opening address at the Second International Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust (Canada) and the keynote to the 2010 IFIP Trust Management conference in Morioka, Japan. She has been a member of ESRC's fellowship and CASE studentship committees and has recently made a contribution to the Govt. Office for Science's Technology Foresight programme on the Future of Identity. She is currently a member of EPSRC's new Identity Futures Network and also EPSRC's Cybersecurity Network.  She is one of the founder members of the UK's new 'Science of Cybersecurity' Institute, funded by GCHQ in association with RCUK's Global Uncertainty Programme.

Qualifications

Psychology PhD September 01 1991

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

I hold a Chair in Applied Psychology at Northumbria University and am a Visiting Professor at Newcastle University.  My work primarily addresses issues of identity, trust and security in new social media, seeking answers to three main questions: Why and when do we feel secure in disclosing sensitive identity information about ourselves? What makes us trust an electronic message? How and when do we seek to protect our privacy?  In the last five years, I’ve secured over £2m in research funding, have published over forty articles on human perceptions of trust, privacy and security in computer-mediated communication and have developed, with colleagues, a new model of health advice-seeking online.  I’m one of the founder members of the UK's Research Institute in the Science of Cybersecurity, funded by GCHQ in association with RCUK's Global Uncertainty Programme and my most recent research awards address both usable and inclusive privacy and security.   I have contributed to three UK Government Office for Science reports (The Future of Identity; Using behavioural insights to improve the public’s use of cyber security best practice and Responsible Use of Data) and I am associate editor of the journals Trust Management and Frontiers in Digital Health.  In 2016 I led an international workshop on Everyday Surveillance (San Jose); was invited to speak at the 4th Infosecurity Leadership Summit (London); the European Information Security Summit (London) and the European Commission’s High Level Group of Scientific Advisors, to contribute to a workshop on Secure Digital Identities as part of the EC’s Scientific Advice Mechanism (Vilnius).  I was recently a keynote speaker at The 12th International Conference on System Safety and Cyber Security (SSCS 2017).

Key Publications

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  • “Getting back to normality seems as big of a step as going into lockdown”, Talbot, C., Briggs, P. 11 Jan 2021, In: Age and Ageing
  • Crime and/or Punishment: Joining the Dots between Crime, Legality and HCI, Bellini, R., Dell, N., Whitty, M., Bhattacharya, D., Wall, D., Briggs, P. 25 Apr 2020, In: Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
  • Designing for Employee Voice, Abdulgalimov, D., Kirkham, R., Nicholson, J., Vlachokyriakos, V., Briggs, P., Olivier, P. May 2020, Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’20): April 25–30, 2020, Honolulu, HI, USA, ACM
  • Framing Effects on Online Security Behavior, Rodríguez-Priego, N., van Bavel, R., Vila, J., Briggs, P. 21 Oct 2020, In: Frontiers in Psychology
  • Mobility in Community Dwelling Older Adults, McInnes, L., Jones, E., Rochester, L., Lord, S., Chastin, S., Watson, A., Little, L., Briggs, P. 1 Feb 2020, In: The Journal of frailty & aging
  • TalkFutures, Rainey, J., Alvarez De La Vega, J., Lambton-Howard, D., Armoush, S., Bartindale, T., Hazeldine, S., Briggs, P., Olivier, P., Montague, K. 3 Jul 2020, DIS '20: Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference, New York, ACM
  • Technological Change in the Retirement Transition and the Implications for Cybersecurity Vulnerability in Older Adults, Morrison, B., Coventry, L., Briggs, P. 30 Apr 2020, In: Frontiers in Psychology - Cognition
  • The management of LGBTQ+ identities on social media, Talbot, C., Talbot, A., Roe, D., Briggs, P. 17 Dec 2020, In: New Media Society

PGR Supervision

  • Ruth Crabtree Student Engagement within Higher Education: An Analysis of Staff and Student’s Opinions Beyond Academic Engagement Start: 01/10/2016
  • Ruth Crabtree Student Engagement within Higher Education: An Analysis of Staff and Student’s Opinions Beyond Academic Engagement Start: 01/10/2016
  • Ruth Crabtree Student Engagement within Higher Education: An Analysis of Staff and Student’s Opinions Beyond Academic Engagement Start: 01/10/2016
  • Benjamin Morrison A Mixed Methods Approach to Understanding Cyber-Security Vulnerability in the Baby Boomer Population Start: 01/10/2017
  • Amit Naik Information Security Governance: Differences in perceptions of Policymakers and Employees Start: 01/01/2015
  • Thanyalak Boonlue Self-Compassion, Psychological Resilience and Social Media Use in Thai and British Higher Education Students Start: 01/11/2013


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