Dr Hemamali Tennakoon Mudiyanselage

Dr Hemamali Tennakoon Mudiyanselage

Senior Lecturer

Dr Hemamali Tennakoon Mudiyanselage
Dr Hemamali Tennakoon Mudiyanselage

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Dr. Hemamali Tennakoon holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Business Administration from Staffordshire University, UK and Master’s degrees from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and Kingston University, London. She received her PhD in Online Information Security, Privacy and Social Commerce from Kingston University, London. Hemamali is a Fellow of British Computer Society, a Graduate Member of The British Psychological Society, and an Associate Member of The Higher Education Academy, UK. 

As a researcher, she is interested in studying the effects of privacy and security issues on human behavior in cyberspace. She has authored/ co-authored several research articles published in peer-reviewed academic journals including ‘Computers in Human Behaviour’, ‘Journal of Information Technology & People’ and the ‘International Journal of Human-Computer Studies’. In addition, she has presented her work to academic and technical audiences nationally and internationally at various events including the British Academy of Management Conference (2012), Australian Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT) conference (2016), and Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT) Conference (2016). 

Before joining the Aberdeen Business School, Hemamali held the positions of Head of Business School/Senior Lecturer at Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology, a higher education institution established in partnership with Staffordshire University in the UK and Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation in Malaysia. Prior to this, she worked in the capacity of Research and Policy Development Specialist at Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team | Co-ordination Center (CERT|CC), a Government organization affiliated to the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka. During her time at Sri Lanka CERT|CC, she was involved in information security policy development, training and research.

External Memberships and Affiliations

Expert evaluator for European Commission - European Research Executive Agency (REA) since 2019.


Research Overview

Privacy and security in cyber space


Human behavior in cyberspace

Social commerce business models

Current Research

Currently leading a study exploring the effects of personal and situational factors on cyber aggression in the context of social networking sites. 


Prof. George Saridakis, Director of the centre for Employment, Competitiveness and Growth, Kent Busines School, University of Kent.

Prof. Lucy Betts, Associate Professor in Psychology, School of Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University.

Dr. Anil Chandrakumara, Senior Lecturer, School of Management, Operations and Marketing, University of Wollongong, Australia. 


Teaching Responsibilities

MS4048: Understanding and Managing Change

BU555A Managing Change

MS3553: Research Methods

BU5583: Research Practice

QB3504: Research Methods



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  • Can the ‘Dark Triad’ traits be a predictor of cyber hate speech?

    Tennakoon Mudiyanselage, H.

    Academia Letters (Online). 7 pages.

    Other Contributions: Other Contributions

  • Individual information security, user behaviour and cyber victimisation: An empirical study of social networking users

    Saridakis, G., Benson, V., Ezingeard, J., Tennakoon, H.

    Technological Forecasting and Social Change, vol. 102, pp. 320-330

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Developing pragmatic skills of social capital investment: Review of the role of social technologies in the student lifecycle

    Benson, V., Morgan, S., Tennakoon, H.

    Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on e-Learning, ICEL 2015. Watson, C. (ed.). Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited pp. 343-350, 8 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Purpose of social networking use and victimisation: Are there any differences between university students and those not in HE?

    Benson, V., Saridakis, G., Tennakoon, H.

    Computers in Human Behavior, vol. 51, no. Part B, pp. 867-872

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Information disclosure of social media users: Does control over personal information, user awareness and security notices matter?

    Benson, V., Saridakis, G., Tennakoon, H.

    Information Technology and People, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 426-441

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • The role of security notices and online consumer behaviour: An empirical study of social networking users

    Benson, V., Saridakis, G., Tennakoon, H., Ezingeard, J. N.

    International Journal of Human Computer Studies, vol. 80, pp. 36-44

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Social Networking in Higher Education: A Knowledge Convergence Platform

    Benson, V., Morgan, S., Tennakoon, H.

    Information Systems, E-learning, and Knowledge Management Research. Lytras, M. D., Ruan, D., Tennyson, R. D., Ordonez De Pablos, P., García Peñalvo, F. J., Rusu, L. (eds.). Berlin: Springer pp. 416-425, 10 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

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