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Prof Pamela Briggs


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.

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

I hold a Chair in Applied Psychology at Northumbria University and am a Visiting Professor at Newcastle University.  I am a Co-Director of the UK's Centre for Digital Citizens, a £9m collaboration between the Universities of Newcastle, Northumbria, Edinbugh and UCL. My work primarily addresses issues of identity, trust, privacy and security in new social media, with a particular focus on digital inequality. In the last five years, I’ve secured over £2m in research funding, have published over forty articles on digital behaviour and have worked with government and industry to generate social and business impact from this work.  I’m one of the founder members of the UK's Research Institute in Sociotechnical Cybersecurity, funded by the National CyberSecurity Centre (NCSC) in association with UKRI'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).  I have worked with the European Commission’s High Level Group of Scientific Advisors, contributing to a workshop on Secure Digital Identities as part of the EC’s Scientific Advice Mechanism (Vilnius) and was an invited contributer to a 2021 USAID/UKRI workshop 'Shaping the Future of Inclusive Digital Development'.

Key Publications

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  • Exploring digital support for the student transition to university through questionable concepts, Thomas, L., Vines, J., Briggs, P. 4 May 2021, In: Personal and Ubiquitous Computing
  • ‘Getting back to normality seems as big of a step as going into lockdown’: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with early to middle stage dementia, Talbot, C., Briggs, P. 1 May 2021, In: Age and Ageing
  • Heroes and Hooligans: The Heterogeneity of Video Game Modders, Curtis, J., Oxburgh, G., Briggs, P. 23 Jun 2021, In: Games and Culture
  • Student engagement and barriers to implementation: the view of professional and academic staff, Crabtree, R., Briggs, P., Woratschek, H. 1 Jul 2021, In: Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education
  • The Digital Lives of Student Mothers: A Consideration of Technologies that Support or Erode the Student/Parent Boundary, Thomas, L., Talbot, C., Briggs, P. 7 Jul 2021, In: International Journal of Human-Computer Studies
  • Understanding cyber-crime in real-world policing, Curtis, J., Oxburgh, G., Briggs, P., Wall, D. 5 May 2021, BPS Conference 2021
  • Behavioural Issues in Cybersecurity, Vila, J., Briggs, P., Branley-Bell, D., Gomez, Y., Coventry, L. 19 Dec 2020, Security Risk Models for Cyber Insurance, Abingdon, Routledge
  • 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

Professional Activity

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  • Pirkko Tikka Reading on Small Displays: Reading Performance and Perceived Ease of Reading Start Date: 20/09/2007 End Date: 07/11/2013
  • Amit Naik Information Security Governance: Differences in perceptions of Policymakers and Employees Start Date: 01/01/2015
  • Ruth Crabtree Student Engagement within Higher Education: An Analysis of Staff and Student’s Opinions Beyond Academic Engagement Start Date: 01/10/2016 End Date: 18/11/2020
  • Ruth Crabtree Student Engagement within Higher Education: An Analysis of Staff and Student’s Opinions Beyond Academic Engagement Start Date: 01/10/2016 End Date: 22/10/2020
  • Benjamin Morrison A Mixed Methods Approach to Understanding Cyber-Security Vulnerability in the Baby Boomer Population Start Date: 01/10/2017 End Date: 18/11/2020
  • Thanyalak Boonlue Self-Compassion, Psychological Resilience and Social Media Use in Thai and British Higher Education Students Start Date: 01/11/2013 End Date: 24/08/2017


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