Pam Briggs


Research 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).



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Education/Academic qualification

  • PhD, Psychology

    1 Sep 1991 - 31 Dec 2099