Dr Sandy Schumann


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I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) and the Postgraduate Tutor at University College London, Department of Security and Crime Science. My research examines risk factors of radicalisation, extreme political attitudes, as well as hate crime prevention. I study these phenomena ‘online’ as well as ‘offline’.

I am keen to translate my research into policy and practice. Doing so, I advise governments (e.g., UK Commission on Countering Extremism, UAE Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development) and collaborate with civil society organisations to conduct impact evaluations.

Currently, I am the module convenor of the undergraduate course ‘Introduction to Research’; I also develop a new module for the MSc Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism - ‘Online Hate Crime and Extremism’. In addition, I lead a fortnightly seminar series on open science practices and innovative statistical methods. In the past, I have taught tutorials on social psychology (undergraduate, University of Oxford) and research methods seminars (postgraduate, Université Libre de Bruxelles).

See my CV for more information.

Current Research Projects

Recent Pre-prints

Masciantonio, A., Schumann, S., & Bourguignon, D. (pre-print accepted). Sexual and gender-based violence: to tweet or not to tweet?. https://doi.org/10.31219/osf.io/c4esm

Schumann, S., Rottweiler, B., & Gill, P. (pre-print). Assessing Public Support for Terrorism Over Time. https://doi.org/10.31219/osf.io/ej7na

Breznau, N., Rinke, E., Wuttke, A., Adem, M., Adriaans, J., Alvarez-Benjumea, A., … Nguyen, H. H. V. (pre-print). Observing Many Researchers using the Same Data and Hypothesis Reveals a Hidden Universe of Data Analysis. https://doi.org/10.31222/osf.io/cd5j9

Recent Publications

Schumann, S., Thomas, F., Ehrke, F., Bertlich, T., & Dupont, J. C. (2021). Maintenance or Change? Examining the Reinforcing Spiral Between Social Media News Use and Populist Attitudes. Information, Communication & Society

Schumann, S., Salman, N., Clemmow, C., & Gill, P. (2020). Does Cognitive Inflexibility Predict Violent Extremist Behaviour Intentions? A Registered Direct Replication Report of Zmigrod et al., 2019. Journal of Legal and Criminological Psychology

Liu, J. H., Zhang, R. J., Vilar, R., Milojev, P., Hakim, M. A., de Zúñiga, H. G., Schumann, S., & Páez, D. (2020). A typology of masspersonal information seeking repertoires (MISR): Global implications for political participation and subjective well-being. New Media & Society.

Schumann, S., Osborne, D., Gill, P., Fell, B., & Hewstone, M. (2020). Radical News? Immigrants’ Television Use, Acculturation Challenges, and Support for Terrorism. Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression

Clemmow, C., Schumann, S., Salman, N., & Gill, P. (2020). The Base Rate Study: Developing Base Rates for Risk Factors and Indicators for Engagement in Violent Extremism. Journal of Forensic Sciences

Schumann, S., Boer, D., Hanke, K., & Liu, J. (2019). Social Media Use and Support for Populist Radical Right Parties: Results from a Panel Study in Germany. Information, Communication & Society

Schumann, S., Van der Vegt, I., Schuurman, B., & Gill, P. (2019). Towards Open and Reproducible Terrorism Studies: Current Trends and Next Steps. Perspectives on Terrorism