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Travis Coan
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Professor Travis Coan

Last modified: November 23, 2023
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Associate Professor in Computational Social Science
University of Exeter


The sector(s) I work in: Academic


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University of Exeter

About my experience and expertise

Personal statement:

I am Director of the Centre for Climate Communication and Data Science, a member of Centre for Elections, Media, and Participation (CEMaP) and the Institute of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence at Exeter, and previously I directed the Exeter Q-Step Centre. While I have published on a wide range of topics, my core research develops computational approaches to explore questions in the areas of environmental and political communication. My methodological expertise includes machine learning, natural language processing, and Bayesian statistics.

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My work develops computational approaches to push the boundaries of knowledge on political and environmental communication. I have published influential research drawing on natural language processing methods to study climate change misinformation and have developed the first detailed taxonomy of climate contrarian claims. My work has appeared in leading journals such as the American Political Science Review and has won awards such as the Walter Lippman Best Article of the Year award and the Elizabeth Meehan Prize.

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