Sarah Kilbane

Dr Sarah Kilbane BA, BSc, PGCert, MSc, PhD

Sarah Kilbane

Dr Sarah Kilbane
BA, BSc, PGCert, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities

Sarah joined the University of Greenwich in 2015 after completing her PhD in Psychology with the University of Liverpool. Her PhD thesis concerned the topic of 'malicious contamination' encompassing crimes of poisoning, product tampering, food terrorism and extortion.

Sarah also completed an MSc in Forensic Psychology with the University of Surrey, with research on stalking and attacks on public figures. In addition to these academic research roles Sarah has also taught a variety of subjects relating to forensic psychology and criminology, with a particular focus on research methods and quantitative analysis in the social sciences.

Outside of these subjects, Sarah also has a background in physical anthropology and evolutionary biology.

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

  • Programme Leader for Criminology Extended Programmes
  • Level 3 Tutor
  • Induction Week Coordinator for Criminology
  • Criminology Student Conference Organiser
  • Honorary Recognised Teacher, University of Liverpool (2016)
  • Poisoning, product tampering and food terrorism
  • CBRN terrorism
  • The psychology of terrorism and organised crime
  • Threat assessment and management
  • Mental health and crime
  • Quantitative research and predictive modelling of behaviour
  • Kilbane, S. (in press) 'Using Unobtrusive Data to Study Criminal Behaviour: Understanding Malicious Contamination Incidents.' SAGE Research Methods Cases.
  • Wilson, M. and Kilbane, S. (2017) 'Criminal Poisoning and Product Tampering: Toward an Operational Definition of Malicious Contamination.' Deviant Behavior, 38 (10).

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  • Kilbane, S. (2016) 'Corporate Target Selection in Cases of Malicious Contamination.' Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA
  • Kilbane, S. (2015) 'Poison Expertise and Agent Selection in Cases of Malicious Contamination.' Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • Kilbane, S. and Wilson, M. (2015) 'Behavioural Categories of Malicious Contaminators: Differentiating Between Poisoners, Product Tamperers, Extortionists, and Food Terrorists.' Paper presented at the European Association of Psychology and Law, Nuremberg, Germany
  • Kilbane, S. and Wilson, M. (2013) 'The Contagious Nature of Product Tampering.' Paper presented at the European Society of Criminology, Budapest, Hungary.
  • Kilbane, S. and Wilson, M. (2011) 'Product Tampering as a Means of Political Gain.' Paper presented at the International Society of Political Psychology, Istanbul, Turkey.

Browse our publications database