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Dr Lewys Brace

Senior Lecturer in Computational Social Science (Criminology)


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Lewys Brace is a Senior Lecturer in Computational Social Science and and Co-Director of the University of Exeter's Centre for Computational Social Science (C2S2) where he specialises in data science, extremism, terrorism, cybercrime, and Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT).

His research currently focuses on online extremist radicalisation and the development of computational research methods for the social sciences. This has involved exploring the online behaviours of the far-right through the MineChans and ExID projects and more recently the incels trough the Con.Cel project. His work has appeared in journals such as Terrorism and Political Violence, Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, and Perspectives on Terrorism.

He is also the lead for the Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence's Security and Policing theme (

He can be found on Twitter with the handle @Lew_Brace.

Research group links

Research interests

- Extremism

- Terrorism

- Online radicalisation

- Cybercrime/terrorism/warfare

- Quantitative research methods

- Social Data Science

- Numerical and Computational research methods

- Artifical Intelligeence/machine learning

- Natural Language Processing

- Open-Source Intelligence


Research Groups Links:
-Exeter Q-Step Centre


- PhD in Complex Systems Simulation - Computational Research Methods, University of Southampton, UK.
- MSc Social and Cultural Research Methods, Brunel University, UK.
- BSc (Hons) Police Studies, Buckinghamshire New University, UK.

Professional accreditations:
- Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP), University of Exeter.
- Fellowship of the University of Exeter's ASPIRE, University of Exeter.


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