About

I am a Lecturer in Comparative Politics and Global Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (SAR, China). In addition, I teach on the Greater China Programme (GPGC). I am the Chair (Head) of the Undergraduate Admissions & PR Committee, in the Department of Government & Public Administration at CUHK. I serve on the Executive Committee (Co-Director) of the International Affairs Research Centre, the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

I am a Senior Research Fellow in Populism & also Head of the Populism Research Unit at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (where I will also be co-producing the “Right Rising” Podcast). I am an Associate Research Fellow at the Center for Research and Social Progress (based in Italy). I am also a Research Fellow in the Global Europe Centre at the University of Kent/Brussels School of International Studies.

I provide regular commentary on Asian politics for South China Morning Post and analysis on European politics for CNBC. I am also a Council Member & Director at the Hong Kong Political Science Association.

My research is diverse and examines the ‘rise’ of populism in Europe across the 21st century, alongside key themes of immigration and nationalism. My research also examines nationalism in Comparative Asian Politics, alongside the theme of identity politics.

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 (funded by a grant from the European Union). 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.

I was previously 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 previously served on an Advisory basis (Honorary) as Director of British & European Politics at the Think Tank Parliament Street.

Email: jamesfdownes@cuhk.edu.hk

Twitter @DRJamesFDownes

LinkedIn: JFD

Global Politics Facebook Page: @DR.JFD.GlobalPolitics