Royal Academy of Engineering Secondment (Click here for more info)

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My research focuses on human-centred security, a branch of Human Computer Interaction (HCI). I am interested in the interplay between users and security in the context of societal and industrial use. I want to work towards creating a natural easy yet secure interaction between humans and devices. My work has a strong development, experimental and deployment focus, testing solutions in practical situations. I have come up with a number of novel solutions to improve usability in a wide range of situations. I have also done fundamental work in understanding people's mental models of security in a variety of applications and contexts.

I lead the Security Science Cluster and coordinate the Human-Centred Security Research Group (HUSH). I have a wide range of other interests, including electronic voting, accessible technology, mobile phone design for elderly users, knowledge visualisation and the use of email in organisations.

Research Areas

  • Usable Security
  • Electronic Voting (Handivote)
  • Mental Models
  • Access Control for Children
  • Mobile Phone Usage by the Elderly
  • Knowledge-Based Authentication
  • Knowledge Visualization
  • Visual Authentication

Recent Activities

Visited Isabella Venter and Renette Blignaut UWC September 2014

Visited Judy van Biljon UNISA February 2014

Visited Rossouw von Solms and Johan van Niekerk NMMU March 2014

My Collaborators

Melanie Volkamer

T U Darmstadt
Karlstad University

Judy van Biljon

University of South Africa

Joseph Maguire

University of Glasgow

Rosanne English

University of Glasgow

Marian Carcary

University of Limerick

Paul Cockshott

University of Glasgow

Sarah Birch

University of Glasgow

Marcia Gibson

University of Bedfordshire

Simson Garfinkel


Andreas Gutmann

Technical University Darmstadt

Contact Me

School of Computing Science,
University of Glasgow
18 Lilybank Gardens
G12 8RZ

+44 (0) 141 330 2052

karen.renaud at