PROF Monica Whitty

PROF Monica Whitty


  • cyberpsychology
  • cyberscams
  • cybersecurity
  • e-safety
  • insider threat



  • Professor Monica Whitty holds a full-time Chair in Human Factors in Cyber Security at the University of Melbourne and a part-time Chair in Human Factors in Cyber Security at the University of Warwick. She is also a committee member of the Global Futures Council on CyberSecurity for the World Economic Forum.

    Professor Whitty is a cyberpsychologist, whose research over the last 20 years has focused, generally, on how individuals behave in cyberspace. Her current research expertise is in the following areas:

    - cyberscams - (e.g, romance, investment, consumer scams) detection, prevention (both cyber and training methods), victimology (e.g., the types of individuals and behaviours that place individuals at greater risk of becoming scammed), criminal strategies (e.g., the tricks criminals employ);
    - e-safety - the development and evaluation of effective methods to improve users' cybersecurity practices;
    - insider threat - detection and prevention models;
    - online identity - the types of identities individuals construct in cyberspace and how these compare across cyber spaces and the physical realm;
    - digital deception;
    - online harassment and stalking - users' perceptions of these crimes and methods to deter;
    - morals codes in cyberspace - whether individuals hold the same moral codes in cyberspace as they do in the physical realm (with a focus on games); and
    - the future of digital technologies and issues around AI, ethics, privacy and security.

    Professor Whitty is and Australian who has lived in the UK from 2003-2017 in psychology, media and communication and engineering departments. She has previously held full-time Chairs at the University of Warwick (2016-2017) and the University of Leicester (2010-2016).

    Prior to working at Leicester she held full-time academic p


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

    2018 Solicitors Regulation Authority. Understanding susceptibility to dubious investment schemes. Lead by the Behavioural Insights Team. Co-investigator: Monica Whitty.
    2018 Head of Schools Fund SANCTUARY. Social, humAn, aNd CuTUural aspects of physical And cybeRsecuritY. $15,000. Thematic cluster, University of Melbourne.
    2018-2021 EPSRC (Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security, Round 2 competition) £906,693 People Powered Algorithms for Desirable Social Outcomes. Principle Investigator: Dunc Hodges. Co-investigators: wB Jones, Debbie Ashenden, Oliver Buckley. Lizzie Cole-Kemp, International Investigator: Monica Whitty.
    2017-2018 Melbourne Networked Society Institute & ACE Cyber Security Centre, The University of Melbourne $59,000.00 (AUD) Staying safe online: An examination of the effectiveness of e-safety websites. Chief Investigator: Prof Monica Whitty. Co-investigators: Dr Scott Wright, Dr Wonsun Shin, & Dr Suelette Dreyfus.
    2016-2018 EPSRC (Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security competition) £1,063,851.40 DAPM: Detecting and Preventing Mass-Marketing Fraud (MMF). Principle Investigator: Monica Whitty. Co-investigators: Awais Rashid, Mike Levi, Gianluca Stringhini, Anglea Sasse & Tom Sorell.
    PREVIOUS GRANTS (up until 2013 - not enough space for the others)
    - 2016-2017 National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCHQ in collaboration with RISCS UNDERWARE (UNDERstanding West African culture to pRevent cybercrimEs). Principle Investigator: Monica Whitty. Co-investigators: Tim Watson, Carsten Maple, Tom Sorell £31,800.
    2016-2017 Centre for the Protection of the National Infrastructure £255,936 Corporate Insider Threat Detection: Cyber Security Insider and Out – follow on project. Principal Investigator: Sadie Creese. Co-investigators: Michael Goldsmith, Monica Whitty &


Education and training

  • PhD (psychology), Macquarie University 2000



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Professor Whitty is currently offering a PhD scholarship to commence next year on a project on cyberscams - she encourages anyone in the areas of psychology, criminology, media and communications or a related field to apply. The deadline is the 31st October 2018.

    I would encourage candidates who have an interest in either: cyber security, cyber crimes or online relationships to apply for a PhD. This might, for example, include: cyber scams, cyberstalking, insider threat, fraud, online deception, online dating, internet infidelity. They might have a background in psychology, criminology, social sciences or media and communications. The thesis might employ qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods.