Cate Jerram

Dr Cate Jerram

Senior Lecturer

Adelaide Business School

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Cate is chief investigator on the Information Systems Research team (ISR), and the research partnership Human Aspects of Cyber Security (HACS) with co-researchers in the Defence Science and Technology Group (formerly DSTO).
As the Stephen Cole the Elder Fellow for the Faculty of the Professions, Cate is responsible for a portfolio supporting the learning and teaching in the faculty, with a focus on blended and online learning.

Cate designed and became Lecturer in Charge for both the Qualitative Methods course for Higher Degree Research students, and Business Research Methods for all Post Graduate students in the Business School; and is also the primary educator in the use of NVivo to support research for the University of Adelaide and the Adelaide Graduate Centre. Cate designed and leads the Tutor Induction Program and classes for all new Tutors in the Business School, and designed and ran the original Faculty Tutor Professional Development Program.

While previously seconded to the Faculty of the Professions, with a brief to design and implement projects to assist full-time and sessional teaching academics to improve their teaching and students’ learning, Cate became the designer, author and moderator of the Faculty of the Professions' Pedagogical Possibilities website and blog.

From 2007 to 2012, Cate was Lecturer in Charge for the large first year course (IS-1) in Management Information Systems. In IS-1 she used innovative teaching design combining Gamification and Flipped Classroom (particularly Team Based Learning).

Prior to coming to Adelaide, she conducted Information Systems and Tertiary Education research with School of Information Systems, Technology and Management at the University of New South Wales, and the School of Management, UWS; and taught in Commerce / Management Information Systems and in ECommerce; EBusiness; IT Information Systems; Education; and Social Psychology; at University of Western Sydney, University of New South Wales and University of Technology Sydney.

Cate spent (carefully unspecified) years in Performing Arts and in Management in Ministry in Australia, NZ, USA, Canada, UK and Germany before coming to academia.

ISR & HACS - Humans and Cyber Security research partnerships and alliances

Cate is Director of the Information Systems Research (ISR) team. ISR is a network of Systems researchers in the Business School, engaged in seven areas of research concentration. The majority of Cate's research is with partnerships and alliances to target specific aspects of human cyber-security and cyber-safety. ISR’s most prolific work to date has been with the Human Aspects of Cyber Security (HACS) team.

HACS is an established partnership with researchers from the Human and Social Modelling and Analysis team, National Security & Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division (NSID), unit of the DST Group.  HACS' first client was the Department of Defence, researching human vulnerability to phishing. This research has expanded to incorporate broader understandings of the effect of human behaviour on organisational information and cyber security, and to work with other federal and state government organisations. ISR and HACS have received over $200,000 funding since commencing research into human aspects of cyber security in 2010.

Secondary partnerships currently being developed by ISR's Information & Cyber Security & Safety team include a partnership with researchers the School of Education to investigate cyber-security and cyber-safety for children, and another with researchers from Humanities & Social Sciences to explore issues of cyber-security and cyber-safety for senior citizens, the aging and elderly. Future partnerships will broaden the research to other sectors of society to ensure a broad-scale and global approach to an increasingly critical distributed global problem.



"Development of an Advanced Security Audit Tool" South Australian Collaboration Pathways Program, DFEEST (Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology).


$   20,000

“Employee Awareness of Information Security” DST Group


$   20,000

“Employee Awareness of Information Security” DST Group


$   10,000

“Human Factors in Phishing_2” DST Group and the Department of Defence


$   10,000

“Human Factors in Phishing” DSTO and the Department of Defence

Cate's primary interest as an educator is in improving the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, regardless of the subject being taught.
Research Methods & Thesis Writing
Information and Cyber Security and Safety (Human Aspects)
Information Systems - management approach & perspective, and 'soft' skills
Tertiary & Adult Education
Knowledge Management

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Principal Supervisor Madness of The Crowd: How Social Media is Reshaping Politics, Enhancing Democracy & Political Engagement through Exploration of Political Segmentation & Voting Tendencies Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Anas Al-Shamleh
    2015 Principal Supervisor The Assessment and Management of Human Resource Risk for Personnel Deployed on International Operations Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Mark Golsby
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Leadership in Organisational Cyber Security Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Georgia Psaroulis
    2013 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Sustainability assessment in wine grape growing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Irina Santiago-Brown
    2013 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Evidence-based eLearning Design: Develop and Trial a Prototype Software Instrument for Evaluating the Quality of eLearning Design Within a Framework of Cognitive Load Theory Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr David Jack Isaacson
    2010 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Embedding Sustainability into Organisational DNA: a story of complexity Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Josie Joy McLean
    2009 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Educators in the Blender: Academics’ Perspectives of Blended Learning and its Implementation in Australian University Faculties of Business Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Claire Leonie Lewin
    2008 - 2012 Principal Supervisor An Examination of Information System Risk Perceptions Using the Repertory Grid Technique Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Malcolm Robert Pattinson
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83134757
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10, floor 10
  • Org Unit: Management

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