Simon Parkin

Senior Research and Teaching Fellow

Office: 6.07, Malet Place Engineering

Tel: +44 020 7679 0352

Fax: +44 020 7387 1397

Email: s.parkin [at]


Simon Parkin is a Senior Research & Teaching Fellow in the Human-Centred Security team, part of the Information Security Research Group at UCL. Following completion of his PhD at Newcastle University in 2007, he was a Research Associate on the inter-disciplinary Trust Economics project through to 2011, then a member of the Innovation Team at HP Enterprise Security Services until mid-2012 before joining UCL. Research interests are focused on support for personal security decisions and behaviours.


Home user security behaviours and perceptions
Cyber security behaviours in organisations
Cyber security at board level

Cyber Readiness for Boards (CRfB) project - see Projects panel

Implications of consumer Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices in tech-abuse
Management of security in charities

Active member of the UK Charities Against Fraud (CAF) steering committee (see for further details), and co-chair of the Cyber Fraud Resilience sub-committee.

Research practice in security

Includes user studies in security and privacy (“Towards robust experimental design for user studies in security and privacy”, LASER 2016), member of the UCL Computer Science Ethics Committee (CSEC), and academic member of the UCL Research Ethics Committee (REC). Member of the Research Institute in Science of Cyber Security (RISCS) community.



People and Security (COMP0056)

Security (2nd year Undergraduate, COMP0141) - co-taught with Marie Vasek in 2020 / Sarah Meiklejohn in 2019

Information Security Dissertation (COMP0064) - supervising dissertations in the area of human-centred security

(Previously) (3rd-year Research Group Projects) (2013-2017) - supervising group projects in the area of human-centred security


Program Committee service

New Security Paradigms Workshop (NSPW) (2020)

SOUPS poster jury (2020)

Workshop on Usable Security and Privacy (USEC - 2016, 2018, 2019)

European Workshop on Usable Security (EuroUSEC - 2018-present)

Workshop on Socio-Technical Aspects of Security and Trust (STAST - 2016-present)

(previously) SecOnt

Reviewed variously including CHI, WEIS, IEEE Security & Privacy, Information Technology & People, Journal of Cybersecurity, WIREs Forensic Science, The Computer Journal



See my Google Scholar page,

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