Maria Bada

Maria Bada

Position: Research Associate

Department: Computer Science and Technology

Keywords: Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Psychology

I am a Research Associate at the Cambridge Cybercrime Centre, at the Computer Laboratory of Cambridge University.

Within my current role my research is multi-disciplinary mainly bridging psychology, criminology and cybersecurity. More specifically, in my current position I focus on the human factors of cybercrime and cybersecurity. More specifically, in my current position I focus on understanding online behaviour and social phenomena online. My main focus is applying different methods and approaches of psychology to criminology and especially criminal behaviour manifested online.

Among other subjects I focus on:

  1. the social and psychological impact of cyber-attacks and the aspects such as widespread anxiety and the social disruption caused to people’s daily lives;
  2. studying the profiles, pathways and psychologies of online offenders and how they form their groups;
  3. developing and assessing prevention activities on online offending;
  4. online harms and privacy issues;
  5. malicious and unethical use of AI and risks for society.

My Ph.D. and Master studies focused on Media Psychology and change of behaviour. I am a member of the British Psychological Society and the British Counselling Society.