• United Kingdom

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PhD projects

Security Awareness and Behaviours, Usable Security, Privacy, Digitalization and cybersecurity, digital wellbeing, Darkside of technology,

Personal profile

Personal Statement

I am a forward-thinking academic with a passion for exploring the intricate dynamics between humans and technology. I have formal education in IT and business and have worked in diverse settings, including law enforcement, higher education management, teaching, and research. My research interests lie in understanding how people of different ages interact with technology, what issues they face during the acceptance, adoption and post-adoption phases, and the consequences of technology use on the various aspects of their lives. Understanding users' experience helps design better systems, tools and applications. My work aims to bridge the gap between technical solutions and user experiences, enhancing both security measures and user satisfaction. I believe by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue, we can bring a meaningful change in the field of cybersecurity. 

Beyond academia, I regularly provide consultancy in the area of user experience research. 

If you are interested in doing PhD in the above-mentioned areas, feel free to contact me!

Research Interests

My research focus is "Where human meets technology"!

I am interested in understanding how people interact with technology, what issues they face, and the consequences of technology use. To understand these dynamics, I borrow knowledge from disciplines such as sociology, psychology, and economics and conduct user studies (both quantitative and qualitative) to understand and improve human-technology interaction, especially cybersecurity behaviours.

Investigating the effects of the dark side of technology, such as information overload and techno-stress, on well-being and security-related behaviours is also close to my heart.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, University of Turku

Award Date: 29 Nov 2019

Master of Business Administration, Allama Iqbal Open University

Award Date: 28 Aug 2013

Master of Science, (Technology), University Of Turku

Award Date: 27 Jun 2013

External positions

Senior Research Consultant, Qatar Computing Research Institute

25 Dec 202224 Dec 2023


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  • Best Paper Runner up

    Farooq, Ali (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Journal Best Paper Award

    Farooq, Ali (Recipient), 2021

    Prize: To be assigned