University of Bath School of Management University of Bath School of Management

Dr Emma Williams


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Leading Refereed Journal Papers
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Doctoral students

BSc(hons), PhD, CPsychol, CSci, AFBPsS

Job Title:

Research Associate


Information, Decision & Operations

Key Research Interests:

Human factors and cyber security; online behaviour; fraud and online scams; deception and deception detection; susceptibility to infuence; cybercrime.

Research Interests

Emma Williams is a Research Associate within the School of Management at the University of Bath. She is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society focused on the application of psychological research to practical contexts. Emma undertook her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Bath and completed her PhD at Cardiff University in the area of deception and lie detection.

Following three years working within behavioural science and human factors research roles across both the public and private sectors, Emma joined the University of Bath to examine what makes people susceptible to malevolent forms of influence (e.g.,phishing, online scams, social engineering) and how we can reduce this risk across organisations and the general public. She has extensive experience working collaboratively with a range of organisations to undertake applied research in this area and continues to engage the public (e.g., Science Showoff; Know-How Exhibition; Regional media coverage) in order to maximise the impact of her research.

Emma is currently linked to the ESRC-funded Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST) and the EPSRC-funded Cybersecurity Across the Lifespan (CSalsa) project.


Leading Refereed Journal Papers

Williams EJ, Morgan P & Joinson A. (In Press) Press accept to update now: Individual differences in susceptibility to malevolent influence. Decision Support Systems. DOI:10.1016/j.dss.2017.02.014.

Williams EJ, Beardmore A & Joinson A (2017) Individual differences in susceptibility to online influence: A theoretical review. Computers in Human Behavior , 72, 412-421. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2017.03.002.

Williams EJ, Bott LA, Patrick J, Lewis MB (2013) Telling lies: The irrepressible truth? PLoS ONE 8(4): e60713. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0060713.

Other Putputs

Bott, LA & Williams, EJ (forthcoming) The psycholinguistics of lying and deceit. In Meibauer, J. (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of lying. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Williams, EJ & Ashenden, D (March, 2017) Phishing scams are becoming ever more sophisticated – and firms are struggling to keep up. The Conversation.

Williams, EJ & Joinson, A (2016) Eliciting Information Online. CREST Security Review, 1, 7.

Williams EJ (March, 2016) Why do we fall for scams? The Conversation.