About

I am a Lecturer in Comparative Politics and Global Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (SAR, China). I am also the Chair (Head) of the PR & Admissions Committee, in the Department of Government & Public Administration. I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right and also an Associate Research Fellow at the Center for Research and Social Progress (based in Italy). I am a Council Member & Director at the Hong Kong Political Science Association. I also provide Survey & Polling Consultancy for the UK Liberal Democrats, based in London.

I also serve on the Executive Committee of the International Affairs Research Centre, the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I provide regular commentary on Asian politics for South China Morning Post and analysis on European politics for CNBC.

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.

I was also 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 am also a Council Member at the Hong Kong Political Science Association. I previously served on an Advisory basis (Honorary) as Director of British & European Politics at the Think Tank Parliament Street.

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

Global Politics Facebook Page: @DR.JFD.GlobalPolitics