Dr Judy Watson


Identify theft and continuation of internet use.

Judy joined the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems with a background in information technology and computing, over 20 years’ experience as a teacher, and 8 years’ experience as a research assistant and research supervisor within an academic environment.

After achieving a first class honours degree in computing at the University of the West of Scotland Judy has taught informatics, application software, and software engineering to people of all ages in both Scotland and Australia. In September 2009 Judy joined the University of the Sunshine Coast; she has since undertaken research on a range of topics across a variety of fields including various areas of information technology, marketing and business, and combined this with continuing to teach into the fields of informatics and software engineering.

Judy’s passion is helping people to confidently achieve new skills and abilities with information and communication technology, and to remove the mystery, ‘scariness’ and unknown through research and teaching. In 2014 she was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) to undertake a PhD investigating the perspective of older adults regarding the sociotechnical influences that affect their intention to continue (or not) to use online environments following the compromise of their identity information. The objective is to gain deeper understanding of the effects of this wicked problem and develop solutions that will help to restore confidence and trust in an ever more digital world.

Currently Judy’s key interests are:

  • Sociotechnical systems
  • Identity theft ecosystems
  • The influence of confidence and of trust on behavioural change in online environments


Watson, J., Kerr D. & Lacey, D. (2014), “Identity fraud: Empowering individuals”, paper presented at The 19th Asia-Pacific Decision Sciences Institute Conference (APDSI 2014), 18-21 July, Yokohama, Japan.

If you would like to discuss any of these interests with Judy, please contact her on: Judy.Watson@research.usc.edu.au