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Dr. Jo Bryce

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB208

+44 (0) 1772 89 3437

Jo Bryce is Director of the Cyberspace Research Unit. Her research interests focus on the psychological, social and forensic aspects of the Internet and related technologies, with a specific focus on their use by young people, associated risk exposure and esafety. Other interests include: the role of ICTs in the commission of criminal offences; online privacy and security; online piracy and filesharing. She is also School equality and diversity lead and Vice-chair of the ethics committee in the school.

Jo is research active within the area of psychology and is a member of the Aggression Research Group.


2011: Second Assessment of the Implementation of the Safer Social Networking Principles for the European Commission
European Commission Safer Internet Plan (£5500)

2008-2011: COUNTER Project (Research Coordinator & Scientific Lead)
European Commission FP7 (approx. £1,000,000)
Partners: Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Austria), Università Commerciale ‘Luigi Bocconi’ (Italy), Univerza V Ljubljani (Slovenia), Uppsala Universitet (Sweden)

2007-2008: Internet Years Project
Orange Telecommunications (£22,000)

2006-2007: ISCA and INSAFE Projects (UK Awareness Node Lead & Project Coordinator)
European Commission Safer Internet Plan (£150,000)
Partners: Awareness Nodes in 24 EU Member States

2004-2005: Intellectual Property and Organised Crime Project
Government and industry funding consortium (£80,000): Northern Ireland Office (NIO); Alliance Against Counterfeiting & Piracy (AACP); British Phonographical Industry (BPI); British Software Association (BSA); European Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA); Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT); UK Patent Office

2002-2004: mGain - Mobile Entertainment, Industry and Culture
European Commission FP5 (UCLan £54,096)
Partners: Helsinki University of Technology, University of Oulu, University of Turku & Technical Research Centre of Finland (Finland), University of Bergen (Norway), Interactive Institute & Linköping University (Sweden), University of Manchester (UK)


Journal Articles

Bryce, J., & Fraser, J. (2014). Risk perceptions, disclosure of personal information and trust in young peoples’ online interactions. Computers in Human Behaviour, 30, 299-306.

Bryce, J., & Fraser, J. (2013). “It’s common sense that it’s wrong”: Young peoples’ perceptions and experiences of cyberbullying. Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, 16, 783-787.

Livingstone, S., Davidson, J., Bryce, J., Millwood Hargrave, A., & Grove-Hills, J. (2012). Children’s Online Activity: Risks and Safety. Report produced for the UK Council for Child Internet Safety.

Kaye, L. K., & Bryce, J. (2012). Putting the fun factor into gaming. International Journal of Internet Science, 7(1), 23-37.

More publications


PhD Psychology, University of Manchester, 2001.

BA (Hons) Psychology with International Relations, Staffordshire University, 1995.


• PS1500 Topics in Psychology
• PS2100 Social Psychology
• PS2700 Research Methods (Module Leader)
• PS3313 Offender Profiling
• PS3900 Project Supervision
• PS4106 Computer Games
• PS4207 Children and New Technology
• PS4900 MSc Project Supervision
• Ph.D. Supervision


Evidence Group, UK Council for Child Internet Safety

Fellow of the Higher Education Authority

Member of the British Psychological Society

Member of the Youth Commission of the World Leisure Organisation (WLO)

Member of the Virtual Forum Against Cybercrime (VFAC)

Current PhD Students

Noora Al-Mutawa (Behavioural and digital forensic analysis of cybercrime)

Cindy Chan (Coercive behaviours in online sexual exploitation)

Natalie Yates (Risk assessment for online sexual exploitation)

Stephen Rigby (Investigative police training)