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Piers is a post-doctoral researcher investigating human factors and cybersecurity within the organisational context. He was awarded his PhD in 2017 from Macquarie University, receiving the Vice-Chancellor commendation for his PhD thesis, Work Styles and Person-Environment Fit: Adjusting to Change as a Late Career Worker. Before commencing his present position, Piers was employed as a post-doctoral fellow investigating person environment fit, work adaptability, and older workers with Barbara Griffin, publishing several peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations.

Research interests

Piers’ present research investigates the role of social engineering and psychological profiling in the context of phishing and cybersecurity within organisations. It extends previous research carried out by research partners at Data61, validating, via quantitative and qualitative means, the links between various cognitive and psychological characteristics and vulnerability to phishing attacks. His work will test empirically validated models of cognition and behaviour concerning email phishing and cybersecurity and will produce actionable insights that will allow organisations to mitigate developing threats.

Piers continues to be interested in research into work, aging and discrimination. Utilising the theory of work adjustment (TWA), his research has examined the antecedents and consequences of demands-abilities and needs supplies fit with an emphasis upon late-career workers. Consistent with TWA, his research has sought to expand our conception of late career workers through a dynamic conception of person-environment fit, where an individual can modify their fit through the activation of adjustment behaviours or a more active work style.

Future research will seek to merge these two research streams in the areas of human factors/cybersecurity and workplace aging.


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