Lecturer, University College London

Dr Sandy Schumann examines risk factors of radicalisation and extreme political attitudes in increasingly digital and diverse societies. As a post-doctoral research associate at the Department of Security and Crime Science, University College London, she assesses the social ecology of radicalisation, the role of intergroup conflict in facilitating radical action, as well as trends in support for suicide terrorism in the general population. Previously, Sandy worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Oxford Centre for the Study of Intergroup Conflict. Drawing on experimental and survey methodology, she investigated digital tools to promote harmonious intergroup relations. Sandy received the Early Career Best Paper Award of the European Association of Social Psychology in 2015. She is the founder of the JDI Open Science talks, a series of seminars and peer mentoring at the UCL Department of Security and Crime Science to encourage open and reproducible research. Having a keen interest in translating academic research into practice, Sandy serves on the advisory board of the European Commission Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange initiative, is a member of the violent extremism action research group of the UAE Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, and consults grass root non-governmental organisations on impact assessments.

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  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1111/1556-4029.14282
  • 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, 13: 5.
  • Schumann, S., Boer, D., Hanke, K., & Liu, J. (2019). Social media use and support for populist radical right parties: assessing exposure and selection effects in a two-wave panel study. Information, Communication & Society, 1-20. doi:10.1080/1369118x.2019.1668455
  • Schumann, S., Klein, O., Douglas, K., & Hewstone, M. (2017). When is computer-mediated intergroup contact most promising? Examining the effect of out-group members' anonymity on prejudice. COMPUTERS IN HUMAN BEHAVIOR, 77, 198-210. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2017.08.006
  • Schumann, S., & Klein, O. (2015). Substitute or stepping stone? Assessing the impact of low-threshold online collective actions on offline participation. European Journal of Social Psychology, 45 (3), 308-322. doi:10.1002/ejsp.2084


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