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Dr Travis Coan

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Travis G. Coan is a Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Politics 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) and the Institute of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI). 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 causal inference with experimental and observational data. His work has appeared in Climatic Change, Global Environmental Change, Electoral Studies, International Studies Quarterly, and Social Networks, among others.

Travis’ recent grant projects include:


Co-investigator. “Identity, Belonging and the Role of the Media in Brexit Britain" [with Katharine Tyler (PI), Susan Banducci, Cathrine Degnen, and Daniel Stevens]. Economic & Social Research Council. £595,129, 2018-2021.

Co-investigator. “Measuring Information Exposure in Dynamic and Dependent Networks (ExpoNet)" [with Susan Banducci (co-PI), David Layzer (co-PI), Hywel Williams, Lorien Jasny, and Gabriel Katz]. Economic & Social Research Council. £635,000, 2016-19.

Co-investigator. “Media Context and the 2017 General Election: How traditional and social media shape elections [with Daniel Stevens (PI) and Susan Banducci]. Economic & Social Research Council. £49,999. 2017-2018.

Co-investigator. “Assessing the Cognitive Mechanisms of Radicalization with a Quantitative Analysis of ISIS' Propaganda” [with Stephane Baele (PI) and Katharine A. Boyd]. Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST). £120,000, 2016-17.

Co-investigator. “Media in Context and the 2015 General Election: How Traditional and Social Media Shape Elections and Governing” [with Daniel Stevens (PI), Susan Banducci, and Gabriel Katz-Wisel]. Economic & Social Research Council. £315,000, 2015-16.


Research supervision

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.


Current students:

Hannah Willis

Mirjam Odile Nanko


Past students:

Dr. Raluca Popp

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