Ryan Scrivens is a PhD Candidate in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University (SFU). He is also the Associate Theses Research Editor of Perspectives on Terrorism, the Coordinator of the Canadian Network of PhD Theses Writers at the Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI), and a Visiting Researcher at the VOX-Pol Network of Excellence. His primary research interests include: right-wing extremism, hate/bias crime, extremists' use of the Internet, countering violent extremism, and research methods and methodology.
Ryan has been studying right-wing extremism for the past six years and recently completed a Public Safety funded project with Dr. Barbara Perry from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), which was titled ‘Right-Wing Extremism in Canada: An Environmental Scan.’ He’s gained valuable experience in the field, not only by documenting the on- and offline activities of the far-right, but by interviewing former adherents and law enforcement as well. Ryan and Dr. Perry continue to investigate the conditions that facilitate and inhibit the movement in Canada.
Ryan has also teamed up with Dr. Richard Frank (Dissertation Senior Supervisor, computational criminology expert) and Dr. Garth Davies (Dissertation Supervisor, terrorism and statistical methods expert) to analyze the sentiment of the radical-right and radical Islamists on public domains and Dark Web discussion forums. Ryan also completed a three-month PhD internship with VOX-Pol, working with machine learning specialists Prof. Pádraig Cunningham, Dr. Derek Greene, and Dr. Tania Malik from the School of Computer Science at University College Dublin (UCD). Here they explored online political extremism using advanced computational techniques, with the goal of enhancing some of the machine learning tools that VOX-Pol developed.
Ryan is currently working with Prof. Maura Conway, Dublin City University (DCU), and Dr. Lorraine Bowman-Grieve, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), on a VOX-Pol project that explores the role(s) of females in the right-wing extremist movement.