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

Senior Lecturer

Key details

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

Senior Lecturer

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.


Responsibilities within the university

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)

Research / Scholarly interests

  • 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).