Kirsty Phillips



, The Institute for Connected Communities (ICC), Current: CC-Driver (“Combating Cyber Criminality by Understanding Human and Technical Drivers”)

Kirsty Phillips is a Research Fellow/Project Manager in the Institute for Connected Communities (ICC).


  • Psychology BSc (with Honours), First Class, University of Warwick
  • Research Methods in Psychology MSc, Distinction, University College London

Areas Of Interest

  • Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Criminology
  • Cybercrime
  • Child Online Protection
  • Online Safety
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Kirsty graduated  from University College London with a Distinction in Research Methods in Psychology MSc and Warwick University with a First Class degree in Psychology, BSc (with Honours). She is currently studying (part-time) for a PhD, in Psychology, at Birkbeck, University of London. Her PhD themes and current research involve Judgement and Decision Making, Bayesian Inference, Rationality and Evaluation of Eyewitness Testimony. Work undertaken as part of this PhD has been presented at and published by the Cognitive Science Society. 

Kirsty has worked with ICC Director Professor Davidson on numerous projects over the last three years. Kirsty acted as Project Coordinator on a project, funded by End Violence Against Children, to deliver a child online protection policy and implementation plan to the Government of Rwanda, in partnership 5Rights Foundation and University of Rwanda. Kirsty has also contributed to research published by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Currently, Kirsty is working as Research Fellow/Project Manager on CC-Driver (Combating Cybercriminality by Understanding Human and Technical Drivers), funded by Horizon 2020. Kirsty has also worked as a Lecturer in Research Methods at University of East London.


The research that Kirsty has contributed towards so far has resulted in a Child Online Protection Policy being adopted in Rwanda, formally adopted by the Government of Rwanda on June 25 2019. Work submitted to the DCMS and Ofcom is helping to shape the landscape of online safety in the UK and online protections for children. As part of CC-Driver the team at ICC is leading ground breaking efforts in understanding the human drivers of youth cybercrime, with a view to produce cybercrime interventions that will be disseminated across all of Europe. 

Most recent research


ResearchGate profile


  • Davidson, J., Livingstone, S., Jenkins, S., Gekoski, A., Choak, C., Ike, T. & Phillips, K., (June 2019) Adult Online Hate, Harassment and Abuse: A Rapid Evidence Assessment, London: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, UK Government. Link.
  • Davidson, J., Aiken, M., Gekoski, A., Phillips, K. & Farr, R., (March 2021), Research on Protection of Minors: A Literature Review and Interconnected Frameworks. Implications for VSP Regulation and Beyond, London: Ofcom. Link.
  • Phillips, K., Davidson, J., Farr, R., Burkhardt, C., Caneppele, S. & Aiken, M., (2021), Conceptualising Cybercrime: Definitions, Typologies and Taxonomies, Manuscript submitted for publication.


The CC-DRIVER consortium involves 13 partners including research institutions, universities, technical organisations, and law enforcement agencies from nine European countries.


  • Research Methods (Criminology and Psychology)