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Prof Pamela Briggs

Professor and Chair in Applied Psychology

Department: Psychology

Prof. Pamela Briggs holds a Chair in Applied Psychology, delivering innovative research and consultancy around issues of identity, trust and security in new social media.

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

Identity, trust and security in new social media

Sponsors and Collaborators


Current/Recent Projects

2013 Reel Lives. PI on £1.4m EPSRC funded project on digital personhood, joint with OU, Edinburgh and Birmingham Universities.

2012 Choice Architecture for Information Security. Joint bid between Newcastle and Northumbria Universities, funded by: EPSRC/GCHQ Research Institute in the Science of Cyber Security: total bid value £1.1million.

2011 IMPRINTS: Public Responses to Identity Management Practices and Technologies, will colleagues in Loughborough, Essex and Dundee Universities. Funded by RCUK Global Uncertainties Programme. Total bid value: £1.4 million. Website:

2009 Internet-based Patient Experience (IPEx), with colleagues in Oxford, Sheffield, Warwick, Glasgow. Northumbria grant approx £280K.  Website:

2009 'Ambient Assisted Living: Freedom to Roam'.  Technology Strategy Board/EPSRC Award with Industry colleagues including CELS, Looking Local, ADI. Total project value: £2m

2008 Joint Council Award (New Dynamics of Ageing) of £192,833 "New metrics for exploring the relationship between mobility and successful ageing" (RES-352-25-0023) (1.1.2008 - 31.12.2009)

Key Publications

Thomas, L., Little, L., Briggs, P., McInnes, L., Jones, E. and Nicholson, J. (2013) Location tracking: views from the older adult population. Age and Ageing, 42 (6). pp. 758-763. ISSN 0002-0729

Briggs, P., Blythe, M., Vines, Lindsay, S., Dunphy, P., Nicholson, J., Green, D., Kitson, J., Monk, A. and Olivier, P.L. (2012). Invisible design: exploring insights and ideas through ambiguous film scenarios. In Proceedings of the Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS '12). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 534-543

Harris, P., Sillence, E. and Briggs, P. (2011). Perceived threat and corroboration: Key factors that improve a predictive model of trust in Internet-based health information and advice. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 13(3):e51.

Lord, S., Chastin, S., McInnes, L, Little, L, Briggs, P. & Rochester. L (2011). Exploring patterns of daily physical and sedentary behaviour in community dwelling older adults. Age and Ageing, 0, 1-6.

Kim, D., Dunphy, P., Briggs, P. Hook, J., Nicholson, J.W., Nicholson, J., Olivier, P.L. (2010). Multi-touch authentication on tabletops. Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '10). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1093-1102.

Harris P.R., Sillence, E., Briggs, P. (2009). The Effect of Credibility-Related Design Cues on Responses to a Web-Based Message About the Breast Cancer Risks From Alcohol: Randomized Controlled Trial. J Med Internet Res: 11(3):e37

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