Behavioural science offers models and rules to explain variation in human judgement and decision-making. Behavioural science has recently been applied in domains such as cybersecurity to analyse the behaviour of the users of computers and other devices, and to make this behaviour more secure. In the domain of domestic energy use, behavioural science is being applied, for example, to promote flexible energy consumption behaviour.
The aim of this research is to apply behavioural science in order to understand human judgement and decision-making in one of two domains. The first domain is behavioural cybersecurity, where home-computer users are an underresearched population. The work involves the study of security- and privacy behaviour in home computer-users and the promotion of safe behaviour. The second domain is domestic-energy behaviour. The work involves the study of private citizens’ energy consumption behaviour, and the promotion of the acceptance and use of domestic demand-side response technology.
This project will be supported by the following supervisory team:
Director of Studies: Paul van Schaik, PhD, Professor of Psychology, School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law
2nd Supervisor: Christopher Wilson, PhD, Principal Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law
Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a good honours degree (2:1 or above) in psychology and/or Masters level qualification in psychology and a demonstrable understanding of research design, measurement, data analysis, experimental psychology, and the cognitive psychology of judgement and decision-making.
International students would be subject to the standard entry criteria relating to English language ability, ATAS clearance and, when relevant, Tier 4 procedures. Please contact [email protected]
if you require further information.
How to Apply
You can apply online for this opportunity; please use the PhD full-time application form, and state the studentship title and Director of Studies (Paul van Schaik).
Administrative enquiries: PGR Admissions team; [email protected]
Academic enquiries: Professor Paul van Schaik; [email protected]