Dr. Garth Davies

Garth Davies is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. His current work involves developing a database for evaluating programs for countering violent extremism; the social psychology of radicalization; and the statistical modeling and projection of violent right-wing extremism. He has also been involved in the development of the Terrorism and Extremism Network Extractor (TENE), a web-crawler designed to investigate extremist activities on the internet. The crawler is presently being adapted to examine violent extremism on the dark net. Dr. Davies earned his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University.


Contact Information:

Email: garthd@sfu.ca
Phone: +1 (778) 782-4764

Relevant Publications:

Davies, G., Scrivens, R., Gaudette, T., & Frank, R. (In Press). A Longitudinal Comparison of Violent and Non-Violent Right-Wing Extremist Identities Online. In B. Perry, J. Gruenewald, & R. Scrivens (Eds.), Right-Wing Extremism in Canada and the United States. Palgrave.

Gaudette, T., Scrivens, R., Davies, G., & Frank R. (2021). Upvoting Extremism: Collective Identity Formation and the Extreme Right on Reddit. New Media and Society.

Davies, G., Wu, E., & Frank, R. (2021). A Witch’s Brew of Grievances: The Potential Effects of COVID-19 on Radicalization to Violent Extremism. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.

Knoechelmann, M., Davies, G., & Macnair, L. (2021). Personality Traits-Based Terrorism Risk Assessment: Determining Reliability Using Open-Source Data. In R. Corrado, G. Wössner, & A. Merari (Eds.), Terrorism Risk Assessment Instruments: NATO Science for Peace and Security Series. IOS Press.

Scrivens, R., Davies, G., & Frank, R. (2020). Measuring the Evolution of Radical Right-Wing Posting Behaviors Online. Deviant Behavior.

Bouchard, M., Davies, G., Frank, R., Wu, E., & Joffres, K. (2020). The Social Structure of Extremist Websites. In J. Littlewood, L. Dawson, & S. Thompson (Eds.), Canada Among Nations: Terrorism and Counterterrorism. University of Toronto Press.

Scrivens, R., Gaudette, T., Davies, G., & Frank, R. (2019). Searching for Extremist Content Online Using The Dark Crawler and Sentiment Analysis. In M. Deflem & D. Silva (Eds.), Methods of Criminology and Criminal Justice Research. Emerald Publishing.

Doering, S., & Davies, G. (2019). The Contextual Nature of Right-Wing Terrorism across Nations. Terrorism and Political Violence.

Gaudette, T., Davies, G., & Scrivens, R. (2018). Upvoting Extremism, Part II: An Assessment of Extreme Right Discourse on Reddit. VOX-Pol Network of Excellence Blog.

Gaudette, T., Davies, G., & Scrivens, R. (2018). Upvoting Extremism, Part I: An Assessment of Extreme Right Discourse on Reddit. VOX-Pol Network of Excellence Blog.

Gaudette, T., Scrivens, R., & Davies, G. (2018). The Future of Detecting Extreme-Right Sentiment Online. VOX-Pol Network of Excellence Blog.

Monk, B., Mitchell, J., Frank, R., & Davies, G. (2018). Uncovering Tor: An Examination of the Network Structure. Security and Communication Networks.

Scrivens, R., & Davies, G. (2018). Identifying Radical Content Online. Policy Options.

Scrivens, R., Davies, G., & Frank, R. (2018). Searching for Signs of Extremism on the Web: An Introduction to Sentiment-based Identification of Radical Authors. Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression.

Corrado, R., Cohen, I., & Davies, G. (2016). Terrorism Crime Prevention Policies in Liberal Democracies: Challenges, Dilemmas, and Options. In J. Winterdyk (Ed.) Crime Prevention: International Perspectives, Issues, and Trends. CRC Press.

Davies, G., Neudecker, C., Ouellet, M., Bouchard, M., & Ducol, B. (2016). Toward a Framework to Assess Online Programs for Countering Violent Extremism. Journal for Deradicalization, 6, 51-86.

Ducol, B., Bouchard, M., Davies, G., Ouellet, M., & Neudecker, C. (2016). Assessment of the State of Knowledge: Connections between Research on the Social Psychology of the Internet and Violent Extremism. Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society: No.16-05.

Frank, R., Bouchard, M., Davies, G., & Mei, J. (2015). Spreading the Message Digitally: A Look into Extremist Organizations’ use of the Internet. In R. G. Smith, R.C.-C. Cheung and L.Y.-C. Lau (Eds.) Cybercrime Risks and Responses: Eastern and Western Perspectives. Palgrave.

Davies, G., Bouchard, M., Wu, E., Joffres, K., & Frank, R. (2015). Terrorist and Extremist Organizations’ use of the Internet for Recruitment. In M. Bouchard (Ed.) Social Networks, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism: Radical and Connected (pp. 105-127). Routledge.

Scrivens, R., Davies, G., Frank, R., & Mei, J. (2015). Sentiment-based Identification of Radical Authors (SIRA). In Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE ICDM Workshop on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI).

Wu, E., Carleton, R., & Davies, G. (2014). Discovering Bin-Kaden’s Replacement in Al-Qaeda, using Social Network Analysis: A Methodological Investigation. Perspectives on Terrorism, 8(1), 57-73.