Paul Gill

Professor of Security and Crime Science , University College London

Paul Gill is a Professor of Security and Crime Science at University College London. Previous to joining UCL, Professor Gill was a postdoctoral research fellow at the International Center for the Study of Terrorism at Pennsylvania State University. He has over 80 publications on the topic of terrorist behaviour. He has conducted research funded by the European Research Council, Office for Naval Research, the Department of Homeland Security, DSTL, the European Union, the National Institute of Justice, CREST, Public Safety Canada and MINERVA. Collectively these grants have been worth over 10 million euro. These projects focused upon various aspects of terrorist behavior including the IED development, creativity, terrorist network structures, and lone-actor terrorism.His doctoral research focused on the underlying individual and organizational motivations behind suicide bombing. This piece of research won the Jean Blondel Prize for the best Ph.D. thesis in Political Science in Europe for 2010. He has published in leading psychology, criminology and political science journals.

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  • Clemmow, C., Schumann, S., Salman, N.S., and Gill, P. (2020) “Risk Factors and Indicators for Engagement in Violent Extremism: The Base Rate Study”. Journal of Forensic Science
  • Gill, P., Corner, E., McKee, A., Hitchen, P., & Betley, P. (2020). “What Do Closed Source Data Tell Us About Lone Actor Terrorist Behaviour? The Preliminary Findings from Project Regulus”. Terrorism and Political Violence
  • Clemmow, C., Bouhana, N., and Gill, P. (2020). “Analysing Person-Exposure Patterns in Lone-Actor Terrorism: Implications for Threat Assessment”. Criminology and Public Policy.
  • Gill, P., Marchment, Z., Corner, E., and Bouhana, N. (2020) “Terrorist Decision-Making in the Context of Risk, Attack Planning and Attack Commission”. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 43(2):145-160
  • Corner, E. and Gill, P. (2018) “The Nascent Empirical Literature on Psychopathology and Terrorism”. World Psychiatry 17(2):147-148.
  • Gill, P. and Corner, E. (2017) “There and Back Again: The Study of Mental Disorder and Terrorist Involvement”. American Psychologist 72(3): 231-241.

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