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Laura Di Chiacchio recently completed her cotutelle PhD and is an emerging researcher in the growing field of human-centred cybersecurity. Drawing on her experience in technology ethics, organisational behaviour and awareness studies, she investigates the socio-technical complexities that influence secure digital transition and technology adoption.

Her work has been presented at international conferences and published in leading international journals. At Aston she teaches sustainability and the ethical use of digital tools, as well as cyber security and data privacy.

She was awarded the Ede and Ravenscroft Prize for Academic Excellence at Coventry University for her Masters research.

Research Interests

  • Digitalisation and digital transformation
  • Cybersecurity 
  • Technology governance, policies and human factors
  • Ethical use of digital tools
  • Corporate social responsibility and Sustainability
  • Corporate communication and Stakeholders management
  • Knowledge management

Membership of Professional Bodies

- Member of the British Academy of Management 

- Member of ISACA

Teaching Activity

Lecturer in information systems and cyber-security 

Module Leader of PIPE (Product, Intellectural Property and Entrepreneurship)

Teaching in the Cybersecurity Bootcamps at Aston

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

MSc, A critical assessment of the evolution of companies' engagement in CSR by analysing the evolution of the rhetorical and visual language in their non-financial reports: examples from China, Germany and the United Kingdom, Coventry University

31 Jan 201931 Jan 2020

Award Date: 1 Jan 2020

Certificate Strategic Management and Leadership – Creativity, Innovation and Management of Change, Chartered Management Institute

Award Date: 1 Jan 2019


Award Date: 1 Sept 2010

External positions

Business Development Manager

1 Jan 20161 Jan 2018

Administrative and Commercial Officer

1 Jan 20111 Jan 2016


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