Terrorist Decision Making Regarding Security and Risk

This project will start to build a better understanding of how terrorists make judgements about risk and security, and how this informs their actions (e.g., operational security measures, targeting decisions, hostile reconnaissance). As this is a relatively new area of academic inquiry, the team will start with the criminological literature to develop hypotheses, which will then be tested against two data sets.

Research questions

  • How do criminals manage their own security, and how do they make risk judgements about the actions they wish to take?
  • How are terrorists the same or different in their decision-making about risk and security?

Principal investigator

Dr Paul Gill


University College London, UK