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PhD projects

Human aspects of cybersecurity. Trust, identity, privacy, security online. Life transitions and the role of the internet - e.g. becoming a parent, traumatic events.

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Personal profile

Personal Statement

My career in Computing spans industry and academia. As an academic, my key interests lie in understanding the needs of real people and informing the design of digital technologies that cater for them. I collaborate across disciplines, and am adept at translating between them. 

Before becoming an academic, I worked in Fintech, Utilities and manufacturing as a database designer, analyst and programmer.


Research Interests

My research group carries out research into lived experience in the Digital Age, with a focus  on online identity, reputation, trust and cybersecurity. We traverse disciplinary boundaries, drawing on Human Computer Interaction, psychology, sociology, digital anthropology and design.

Teaching Interests

I have supervised the following PhD students to completion:

I currently teach on the MSc in Cybersecurity, and supervise undergraduate and Mc dissertations.

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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, A model for the provision of adaptive e-health information across the personal social network, University of Aberdeen

Award Date: 1 Jan 2011

Master of Science, Edinburgh Napier University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2007

External positions

Visiting Professor, University of Dundee

Aug 2020Aug 2022

Board Member, Academic RiSC

Member, EPSRC Peer Review College


  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Cybersecurity
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • trust
  • identity
  • privacy
  • Qualitative Research
  • Mixed Methods


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