Mining The Chans: Exposing The Visual And Linguistic Dynamics Of Radicalisation In Far-Right Image-Boards (MineChans)
How does ISIS’ online propaganda demonstrate mechanisms of radicalisation? Assessing cognitive mechanisms of radicalisation with a quantitative analysis of ISIS’ online propaganda
CREST - ESRC
Media in Context and The 2015 General Election: How Traditional and Social Media Shape Elections and Governing
Dr Travis Coan
Associate Professor in Computational Social Science
Dr. Travis G. Coan is an Associate Professor in Computational Social Science at the University of Exeter. He is co-director of the Exeter Q-Step Centre and is a member of the Centre for Elections, Media, and Participation (CEMaP). While Dr. Coan has published on a wide-range of topics, his core research examines questions in the areas of environmental and political communication. Travis' methodological interests include Bayesian statistics, natural language processing, and computer vision. His work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, Climatic Change, Global Environmental Change, Electoral Studies, International Studies Quarterly, and Social Networks, among others.
Travis' recent funded projects include:
- Co-investigator. “Extreme Identities: A Linguistic and Visual Analysis of European Far-Right Online Communities’ Politics of Identity (ExId)” [with Stephane Baele, Nicole Doerr (U. Copenhagen), and Constantine Boussalis (Trinity College Dublin)]. New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe (NORFACE), €1,086,570, 2020-2023.
- Co-investigator. “Mining the Chans: Exposing the Visual and Linguistic Dynamics of Radicalization in Far-right Image-boards (MineChans) [with Stephane Baele and Lewys Brace]. Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats CREST, £69,000, 2020.
- Co-investigator. “Identity, Belonging and the Role of the Media in Brexit Britain" [with Katharine Tyler, Susan Banducci, Cathrine Degnen, and Daniel Stevens]. Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC). £595,129, 2018-2021.
- Co-investigator. “Media Context and the 2017 General Election: How traditional and social media shape elections [with Daniel Stevens and Susan Banducci]. Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC). £49,999. 2017-2018.
- Co-investigator. “Measuring Information Exposure in Dynamic and Dependent Networks (ExpoNet)" [with Susan Banducci, David Layzer (Northeastern University), Hywel Williams, Lorien Jasny, and Gabriel Katz]. Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC). £635,000, 2016-19.
- Co-investigator. “Assessing the Cognitive Mechanisms of Radicalization with a Quantitative Analysis of ISIS' Propaganda” [with Stephane Baele and Katharine A. Boyd]. Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST). £120,000, 2016-17.
Research group links
- Centre for Elections, Media & Participation
- The University of Exeter Q-Step Centre
- Department of Politics
Political communication, environmental communication, computational social science.
Travis supervises students in the areas of political and climate change communication. He is particularly interested in supervising projects that employ natural language processing and other computational methods to measure and explain key environmental and political challenges.
Ranadheer Malla (Advanced Quantitative Methods)
Mirjam Odile Nanko (Advanced Quantiative Methods)
Ned Westwood (Environmental Intellgence)
Dr. Raluca Popp
Dr. Hannah Bunting