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  Decision making and security technologies


   School of Management

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  Prof Adam Joinson, Dr Joanna Syrda  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

At the ESRC Digital Security by Design Social Science Hub+ (www.discribehub.org) at the University of Bath we are working as part of the £190m Digital Security by Design Challenge to understand the behavioural, economic, and other incentives and challenges to the adoption of new security technologies.

Joining the team working at Bath as part of the ESRC Discribe Hub+, we are seeking offering a fully funded (UK fees plus stipend) PhD studentship to join the team to work on one of the following projects:

1) Adoption of security technology in the home: A range of technologies are now available with the express purpose of increasing the degree of security within the home (e.g. video doorbells, alarm systems, connected locks etc). These technologies pose unique privacy and surveillance challenges, alongside their purported benefits. We are interested in how decisions are made to purchase such security technologies, and how the costs and benefits of the technologies are weighed by people.

2) End-user attitudes towards cybersecurity adoption. We are also interested in the attitudes of end-users to different cybersecurity options (e.g., pros and cons of double-authentication, Find My, Antiviruses, VPN use, etc.), and how to influence people to use more secure approaches to their personal information and devices.

3) Valuing security. How can ‘security’ be valued? What is the benefit of additional investment in security, and can it be quantified in a way that allows it to be easily communicated to decision makers?

All PhD students must commence registration in October 2022 (except in very exceptional circumstances with approval from the School Director of Doctoral Programmes).

Application criteria

Applicants interested in this project should prepare a two-page document outlining: 1) which topic(s) they would like to address, 2) why they are interested in this question or these questions and 3) an indication of the types of studies / methods they would use.

Applicants should have a background (first degree, ideally MSc) in a relevant discipline (e.g. Psychology, Information Systems, Business, Economics).


Business & Management (5) Economics (10) Information Services (20) Psychology (31)

Funding Notes

Studentships cover ‘Home’ tuition fees, research/training costs and stipend (£15,285 p.a., 2020/21 rate) for up to 3/4 years. Overseas applicants may also be considered for UK award, if able to provide evidence of ability to fund the fee difference.
Candidates normally eligible for 'Home' fees are:
UK nationals*
Irish nationals living in the UK/Ireland
Applicants with settled or pre-settled* status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme
Applicants with indefinite leave to enter/remain in the UK
* must have lived in the UK/EEA/Switzerland continuously since September 2018.

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