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Psychology Leads Development in the Future of Identity and Identification

Published: 7 April 2011

The School of Psychology is the lead partner in a substantial multi-disciplinary research grant funded by EPSRC. The £1.85 million grant is one of just 3 awards made nationally. Dr Sarah Stevenage led the development of the bid which brings together colleagues from diverse disciplines across 6 universities in order to explore innovative methods to verify identity.

Sarah notes that ‘the ways in which we reveal our identity are rapidly changing: we signal who we are through our physical presence, and through the way that we behave, but now, this can occur both in a real-world context and a cyber context. New and future-proofed methods are required to unite these diverse cues so that identity can be assured, and identity-related crime can be minimised.’

The project will bring together colleagues from Forensic Anthropology, Engineering, Digital Security, Human-Computer Interaction, Cyber-behaviour, and Data Visualisation.  The involvement of Professor Steve Saxby (Southampton – Law) means that this Southampton-based project will push forward the agenda in terms of providing sound intelligence on identity, threat and security, whilst working within the bounds of social and legal acceptability.

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