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Miss Emma Brice

Profile summary

Professional biography

Emma Brice is a social psychologist with interests in privacy, citizenship, datafication and discourse. She joined the Open University in 2017 to carry out her PhD research and now also works for the Open University as an Associate Lecturer in Social Psychology.

Research interests

Emma’s research interests are very much influenced by the years she spent working in information technology and a fascination with dystopian sci-fi novels. The primary focus of her current PhD research is data privacy which was inspired initially by the revelations from Edward Snowden and Julian Assange regarding the ramifications of mass data collection. Her qualitative research investigates how lay people, corporations, governments, and experts talk about data privacy in the virtual world. The aim is to look at how understandings of data privacy are constructed within these groups, and to what ends, to try and understand how this may impact our current cultural valuation of privacy and our conduct as individual citizens.

Impact and engagement

Emma is part of the Psychology & Counselling team and works as an associate lecturer on DD317: Advancing Social Psychology where she enjoys talking with students about critical social psychology and how it relates to contemporary social issues.


Citizenship under Covid-19: An analysis of UK political rhetoric during the first wave of the 2020 pandemic (2022)
Andreouli, Eleni and Brice, Emma
Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 32(3) (pp. 555-572)