UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science

Prof Paul Gill

Prof Paul Gill

Professor of Security and Crime Science

Dept of Security and Crime Science

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
1st Aug 2012

Research summary

My research examines terrorism: its causes, patterns and the actors that perpetrate terrorist attacks. My currently published research demonstrates the heterogeneous profiles of terrorists, their developmental pathways into terrorism, the behaviors that precede and underpin a terrorist attack, how terrorists fit into a wider structure and how particular group influences condition individuals to engage in acts of violence.

Teaching summary

I teach on various aspects of the MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism. 


University College Dublin
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2009


Paul Gill is a Professor in Security and Crime Science. Previous to joining UCL, Dr. Gill was a postdoctoral research fellow at the International Center for the Study of Terrorism at Pennsylvania State University. He has conducted research funded by the European Research Council, Public Safety Canada, Office for Naval Research, the Department of Homeland Security, DSTL, the European Union, and the National Institute of Justice. 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.

Dr. Gill holds a Ph.D. in Political Science, an M.A. in International Relations, and a BSocSc(Int) from the School of Politics and International Relations in University College Dublin, Ireland.