About Me

 
 

Some background

I have a first degree in Psychology from the University of London (Goldsmiths College), and a PhD in social psychology from the University of Hertfordshire (on self-esteem and motivation). Immediately after my PhD, I worked at the University of Glamorgan as a lecturer in social psychology (from 1995 until 1999). I then joined the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University as a lecturer (and then senior lecturer) in ICT and Social Science (from 1999 until 2007). I joined the University of Bath, School of Management in June 2007, first as a senior lecturer, then as a Reader in ‘Information Systems’. In September 2012 I joined UWE Bristol as Professor of Behavioural Change, and I returned to the University of Bath in January 2016 to become ‘Professor of Information Systems

 

Research Interests

Privacy, Cyber-Security and Behavioural Science

I have a long standing interest in cyber-security from a behavioural science perspective, including current research on ideological communities and influence, social roles within ideological groups online, insiders and insider threat, and the links between online discourse and images and mobilization / action. I spent 18 months in 2011/2012 on secondment to the UK Government working on the links between cyber-security and behavioural science, and am programme lead for the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (www.crestresearch.ac.uk), and principal investigator for the EPSRC project ‘CyberSecurity Across the LifeSpan’ (www.csalsa.uk)

I’ve also been researching the links between privacy and new technology for a while, starting with the links between privacy attitudes and disclosure behaviour, followed by mobile privacy, family interaction (and monitoring of kids by parents), the definition of privacy, and the ways in which personal information creates value for organisations and individuals. More recently, this work (in collaboration with Ben Marder and David Houghton) has been looking at the nature and impact of audiences and surveillance in social media.

Social media, interaction and design:

I also have a long standing research interest in the use of technology for social interaction, including communication (e.g. self-disclosure processes), deception, relationship development and social capital. Recently, this work has extended to consider the use of avatars in social interaction, social networking sites (such as Facebook), virtual communities and communication accommodation, and virtual team work.

Behavioural modification and technology

I have been researching how technology can be used to change people’s behaviour in a number of ways - for instance, the use of serious games in conflict resolution (EU Project SIREN), and the impact of social media on offline behaviour and self-censorship, mobile apps and increasing activity levels, methods to change travel behaviour, sustainable behaviour and behavioural design. This work is now developing to consider the role of wearable technology in behaviour change. I am also a co-investigator on the ESRC Seminar Series on Behaviour Change.


I would welcome potential PhD students or research collaborations in any of the above fields - or novel ones that are interesting. I can be contacted at adam_at_joinson.com (remove _at_ to send an email)


 

 

 

Some background


I have a first degree in Psychology from the University of London (Goldsmiths College), and a PhD in social psychology from the University of Hertfordshire (on self-esteem and motivation). Immediately after my PhD, I worked at the University of Glamorgan as a lecturer in social psychology (from 1995 until 1999). I then joined the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University as a lecturer (and then senior lecturer) in ICT and Social Science (from 1999 until 2007). I joined the University of Bath, School of Management in June 2007, first as a senior lecturer, then as a Reader in ‘Information Systems’. In September 2012 I joined UWE Bristol as Professor of Behavioural Change, and I returned to the University of Bath in January 2016 to become ‘Professor of Information Systems