Helen Thackray

Helen Thackray

  • hthackray at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
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I am a PhD student at Bournemouth University in the Faculty of Science and Technology. My PhD is an interdisciplinary project, the focus of which is on cyber psychology.

My research interests are online communities, social identity, group processes and HCI. My PhD is researching anonymous online communities related to hacking. The main areas being investigated are group interaction, decision making and group processes, group influence, and group identity.

Journal Articles



  • Thackray, 2016. Anonymous: Online group processes, social identity and cybersecurity. In: Bournemouth University 8th Annual Post Graduate Conference.

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Cyberpsychology

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Cyber Psychology

Internal Responsibilities

  • Website Admin Assistant, Research Centre for Behaviour Change. <a href="https://research.bournemouth.ac.uk/centre/research-centre-for-behaviour-change/" class="iconRight" target="blank">https://research.bournemouth.ac.uk/centre/research-centre-for-behaviour-change/<i class="fa fa-external-link"></i></a>

Conference Presentations

  • Realigning Cyber Security Education, Incorporating Psychology into Cyber Security Education: Key Areas and Pedagogical Approaches, 27 Nov 2017, Canberra
  • Symposium on Cyber Security, Motivations, group processes and decision making of hackers and hacktivists, 14 Nov 2017, Manchester
  • DefCon SE Village, Hackers gonna hack: But do they know why?, 27 Jul 2017, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
  • 22nd Annual CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference (CYPSY22), Challenge accepted: Data Collection from hacking communities, 26 Jun 2017, Wolverhampton
  • British HCI Conference, Social Psychology: An under-used tool in Cybersecurity, 11 Jul 2016, Bournemouth University
  • 3rd INSPR Conference, Anonymous Online Hacking Collectives, 09 Jun 2016, University of Cambridge
  • Bournemouth University 8th Annual Post Graduate Conference, Anonymous: Online group processes, social identity and cybersecurity, 08 Mar 2016, Bournemouth


  • BA (Hons) in Italian and Politics (Swansea University, 2012)
  • MSc in Contemporary Identities (University of Bristol, 2013)
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