DR. JAMES F. DOWNES

PROFESSOR & AWARD WINNING TEACHER

My name is James. From August 2022, I will be an Assistant Professor (Professorial Track) in Comparative Politics & International Relations at the Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU).

 

I am an Adjunct Lecturer (Professor) on the MSSc in Greater China Programme at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. I am also a Senior Research Fellow at CARR and a Research Fellow at both the Global Europe Centre (University of Kent/Brussels School of International Studies) and at the Center for Research & Social Progress in Italy. ​

Recently, I was awarded both the the prestigious CUHK Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award (2021) alongside the CUHK Faculty of Social Sciences Exemplary Teaching Award (2021). I was Ranked First in the Faculty of Social Sciences at CUHK for my outstanding teaching in 2021.

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Publications

I research comparative party politics and political behavior (populism and right-wing party competition on immigration) in contemporary European politics, primarily through the use of expert surveys, public opinion surveys, Manifesto Data, and case study analysis.

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Media Analysis

I provide regular media commentary on issues that relate to European & EU Politics

(EU Politics, Populism, Brexit & Comparative Asian Politics).

CNBC

Boris Johnson defies political gravity - but for how long?

June 22, 2022

HKBU: Government & International Studies

A Roundtable Discussion on the 2022 French Presidential Elections

May 3, 2022

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Rise of Radical-Wing Populism in Global Politics

Nov 15, 2021

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Teaching In CUHK

I am a passionate believer in research informing teaching. I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching, from the University of Kent (UK) and a Professional Certificate of “Excellence” in Teaching at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (SAR, China).

MY COURSES

Comparative Politics

Course Code
Courses Name
Year
GPAD 2145
Electoral Studies
2019
GPAD 4142
Seminar in Comparative Politics
2021, 2019
GPAD 3161/GEWS 2111
The Rise of Populism in Europe
2022, 2021, 2020, 2018
GPAD 3160
Governance of the European Union
2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

International Relations

Course Code
Course Name
Year
GPAD 2355/UGEC 2683
Globalization & Politics
2020
GPAD 2395
Comparative Asian Politics
2019, 2018
GLBS 3403
The European Union & The World
2022, 2021, 2020

Research Methodology & Statistics

Course Code
Course Name
Year
MPUP 5132
Methods in Public Policy Research (Masters Course, MSSc in Public Policy Programme)
2022
GPGC 5005
Methods in Social Science Research (Masters Course, MSSc in Greater China Programme)
2022, 2021, 2019
GPAD 2111
Political Research Methodology
2021, 2019, 2018