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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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  • Designing Second-Screening Experiences for Social Co-Selection and Critical Co-Viewing of Reality TV, Feltwell, T., Wood, G., Rowland, S., Long, K., Elsden, C., Brooker, P., Vines, J., Briggs, P., Barnett, J., Lawson, S. 2 May 2019, Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '19), New York, NY, USA, ACM
  • Digital hoarding behaviours: measurement and evaluation, Neave, N., Briggs, P., McKellar, K., Sillence, E. 1 Jul 2019, In: Computers in Human Behavior
  • Gabber, Rainey, J., Montague, K., Briggs, P., Anderson, R., Nappey, T., Olivier, P. 2 May 2019
  • “If It’s Important It Will Be A Headline”: Cybersecurity Information Seeking in Older Adults, Nicholson, J., Coventry, L., Briggs, P. May 2019
  • Using protection motivation theory in the design of nudges to improve online security behavior, Van Bavel, R., Rodríguez-priego, N., Vila, J., Briggs, P. 1 Mar 2019, In: International Journal of Human-Computer Studies
  • A Life Story in Three Parts, Thomas, L., Farrow, E., Aylett, M., Briggs, P. 1 Aug 2018, In: Personal and Ubiquitous Computing
  • Exploring Digital Remediation in Support of Personal Reflection, Thomas, L., Briggs, P., Kerrigan, F., Hart, A. 1 Feb 2018, In: International Journal of Human-Computer Studies
  • Introducing the Cybersurvival Task, Nicholson, J., Coventry, L., Briggs, P. 12 Aug 2018, Proceedings of the Fourteenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) 2018, Berkeley, Usenix
  • Making Problems in Design Research, Encinas, E., Blythe, M., Lawson, S., Vines, J., Wallace, J., Briggs, P. 21 Apr 2018, CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'18), New York, ACM

PGR Supervision

  • Benjamin Morrison Start: 01/10/2017
  • Ruth Crabtree . Start: 01/10/2016
  • Ruth Crabtree . Start: 01/10/2016
  • Amit Naik 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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