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Prof Lynne Coventry

Professor

Department: Psychology

Lynne  holds a Chair in Psychology, delivering innovative research and consultancy around issues of privacy, trust and security in technology.  She is particularly interested in exploring ways to optimise secure and safe digital inclusion; ensuring a socially responsible approach to design of technology that will benefit all. Her work focuses on the  identification of  barriers to adoption of technology; the  unintended consequences and potential harms arising from inappropriate design or  use of technology and designing interventions to remove these.

Lynne Is Director of PactLab: A group of psychologists focusing their research on the impact of technology on different aspects of our digital lives. She is also Director of Northumbria’s Academic Centre of Excellence in Cybersecurity Research, which pulls together cybersecurity researchers from different disciplines across the university, and Co-Lead of the Human and Digital Design multidisciplinary research theme. She is one of the founder members of the UK's Research Institute for Sociotechnical cybersecurity, funded by GCHQ in association with RCUK's Global Uncertainty Programme.

Lynne Coventry

PGR Supervision

  • John Blythe Information Security in the Workplace: A Mixed-Methods Approach to Understanding and Improving Security Behaviours Start Date: 01/10/2012 End Date: 18/04/2016
  • James Nicholson Investigating User Authentication in the Context of Older Adults Start Date: 01/09/2009 End Date: 24/01/2013
  • Matthew Dixon Abuse Through Technology Start Date: 18/01/2021
  • Claire Sutherland Understanding Perceptions of Cyberbullying in the Transition Between Primary and Secondary School Start Date: 01/03/2012 End Date: 14/12/2017

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Lynne  holds a Chair in Psychology, delivering innovative research and consultancy around issues of privacy, trust and security in technology.  She is particularly interested in exploring ways to optimise secure and safe digital inclusion; ensuring a socially responsible approach to design of technology that will benefit all. Her work focuses on the  identification of  barriers to adoption of technology; the  unintended consequences and potential harms arising from inappropriate design or  use of technology and designing interventions to remove these.

Lynne Is Director of PactLab: A group of psychologists focusing their research on the impact of technology on different aspects of our digital lives. She is also Director of Northumbria’s Academic Centre of Excellence in Cybersecurity Research, which pulls together cybersecurity researchers from different disciplines across the university, and Co-Lead of the Human and Digital Design multidisciplinary research theme. She is one of the founder members of the UK's Research Institute for Sociotechnical cybersecurity, funded by GCHQ in association with RCUK's Global Uncertainty Programme.

My research focuses on why and how people adopt and use digital technologies in their everyday lives. I am particularly interested in issues of privacy, security and trust. In particular understanding reasons for insecure or unsafe cyberbehaviours and ways of protecting people online. I have a special interest in the relationship between older adults and technology and ways in which technology can support independence; facilitate health and social care as well as self care.

Qualifications

Psychology PhD July 01 2009

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • COVID-19: the relationship between perceptions of risk and behaviours during lockdown, Brown, R., Coventry, L., Pepper, G. 29 Mar 2021, In: Journal of Public Health
  • Information seeking, personal experiences, and their association with COVID-19 risk perceptions: demographic and occupational inequalities, Brown, R., Coventry, L., Pepper, G. 20 Mar 2021, In: Journal of Risk Research
  • Barriers to older adults’ uptake of mobile-based mental health interventions, Pywell, J., Vijaykumar, S., Dodd, A., Coventry, L. Jan 2020, In: Digital Health
  • 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
  • Cyber-risk in healthcare: Exploring facilitators and barriers to secure behaviour, Coventry, L., Branley-Bell, D., Sillence, E., Magalini, S., Mari, P., Magkanaraki, A., Kalliopi, A. 2020, HCI for Cybersecurity, Privacy and Trust, Switzerland, Springer
  • Desires for active ageing technology, De Angeli, A., Jovanović, M., McNeill, A., Coventry, L. 1 Jun 2020, In: International Journal of Human Computer Studies
  • Informing HIV social care service design through participatory zine making, Hay, K., Durrant, A., Coventry, L., Tariq, S., Longfield, G. 1 Jul 2020, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Design4Health, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Investigating Teenagers’ Ability to Detect Phishing Messages, Nicholson, J., Javed, Y., Dixon, M., Coventry, L., Dele-Ajayi, O., Anderson, P. Sep 2020, EuroUSEC 2020, Piscataway, IEEE
  • “Support for the supporters”: a qualitative study of the use of WhatsApp by and for mentor mothers with HIV in the UK, Hay, K., Kwardem, L., Welbourn, A., Namiba, A., Tariq, S., Coventry, L., Dhairyawan, R., Durrant, A. 13 May 2020, In: AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV
  • 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


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