Empowering Users to Protect their Personal Privacy on Social Media

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

This Information Systems project takes a bold approach aiming to finally overcome the paradoxical inertia of people who care about their privacy but do not protect it. This project integrates different psychological theories proposing a paradigm shift expecting to generate new knowledge in privacy research, which can currently neither explain nor provide means to overcome the vexing issue. Expected outcomes of the project include a privacy behaviour model (AIM), privacy training program and system design solutions. This should offer substantial benefits as it integrates privacy research and guides behavioural models beyond Information Systems, provide means to solve the paradox, guide legislation and the privacy consent mechanism design.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $28,854 per annum tax free (2022 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Dr Marten Risius

School of Business

Email: m.risius@business.uq.edu.au

Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of online privacy would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of business and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of social media analysis and literature analyses is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 3, 2023. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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