About

I am a Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (SAR, China) and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right.  I am also a Council Member & Director at the Hong Kong Political Science Association. I also provide regular commentary on Asian politics for South China Morning Post.

My research is diverse and examines the ‘rise’ of populism in Europe across the 21st century, alongside immigration and nationalism. My research also examines nationalism and localism in Comparative Asian Politics, with a specific focus on Hong Kong and relations with Mainland China. I am a Data Adviser for the Local Democracy Dashboard, run by the Democratic Audit and based at the London School School of Economics and Political Science. I serve on an Advisory basis (Honorary) as Director of British & European Politics at the Think Tank Parliament Street. From November 2018, I will be a Council Member at the Hong Kong Political Science Association.

I recently completed my PhD (2017) in Comparative Politics at the University of Kent (UK). I was also a Visiting Scholar at the Brussels School of International Studies in Belgium during my PhD. Previously, I was a Visiting Scholar in European Politics at the European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong and I also worked at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong. Prior to this, I was an Affiliated Researcher at the Europe Asia Policy Centre for Comparative Research where I wrote reports on elections and polling in a number of EU member states.

Email: jamesfdownes@cuhk.edu.hk

Twitter: @JamesFDownes

LinkedIn: JFD

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