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Dr Emma Williams


Dr Emma Williams (Walker)

I am a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist, and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. I completed a BSc(hons) Psychology at the University of Bath and a PhD in the area of deception at Cardiff University in 2012. Following my PhD, I spent 3 years working within human factors and behavioural science research roles in the public and private sector before returning to academia to take up a post-doctoral position under Professor Adam Joinson (University of Bath). During this time, I conducted research focused on exploring individual differences in susceptibility to malicious forms of influence online, such as phishing emails and online scams, using a combination of laboratory-based and field-based studies in collaboration with a range of organisations. 

I was awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Fellowship at the University of Bristol in November 2017 to undertake research focused on human aspects of cyber security and cybercrime.

Broadly speaking, I am interested in how people perceive, consider and make decisions about risk in relation to emerging technologies and online activities. In particular, I am interested in how these judgments may be influenced by a range of contextual and situational factors that are often experienced in applied contexts. I am also interested in exploring how we can best communicate information about online risks to people so that they feel empowered to make informed choices.

My current research involves close collaboration with colleagues in the Bristol Cyber Security Centre and the Cryptography group within the Department of Computer Science, as well as colleagues within the School of Psychology at Cardiff University (HuFEx), the School of Management at the University of Bath, and the Department of Psychology at Central Washington University.

I am an associate of the ESRC-funded Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST; 

If you are interested in collaborating, please get in touch!



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