Dr. James F. Downes is Head of the Populism Research Unit at CARR. James is a Lecturer in Comparative Politics & Head of Undergraduate Admissions at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (SAR, China). He is also a Research Fellow at both CeRSP (Italy) and at the Global Europe Centre (Brussels School of International Studies/University of Kent).
He researches on the ‘rise’ of populist radical right parties in Western and Central-Eastern Europe alongside the key issue of immigration (right-wing party competition). His country areas of expertise include the UK, Germany, France and Italy, alongside Hungary.
He has also written frequent articles on contemporary European populism in outlets such as Electoral Studies, Routledge Contemporary China Series, Routledge Handbook on Non-Violent Extremism (Forthcoming), The Journal of Common Market Studies (R+R), ibidem Verlag/Columbia University Press, openDemocracy alongside LSE EUROPP and Democratic Audit amongst others. He has conducted regular interviews for CNBC and CNN, amongst others, relating to Brexit, EU Politics & Populism.
Specialist research areas:
Radical Right & Centre Right Party Competition; Role of Immigration in 21st century European politics; Populist Radical Right Parties in Europe; Global Populism.
Available for consultancy in the following areas:
Media Commentary (Populist Radical Right; Immigration; Brexit); Consultancy Work (Populism in Europe; Global Populism)