Dr. DOWNES James Floyd Department of Government and Public Administration - CUHK

 

Dr. Downes James Floyd

 

Lecturer
BA (Hons) MA (Government, Essex) PhD (Kent) AFHEA

 

  James F. Downes is a Lecturer in Political Science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. James holds a BA (First Class Honours) and a Master’s in Political Science from the Department of Government at the University of Essex. James is an early career researcher and was recently awarded his PhD in Comparative Politics at the University of Kent. His PhD was funded through the 50th Anniversary Scholarship and Faculty of Social Science Research Grants. Previously, he was a Visiting Scholar at the European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong (Europe Asia Policy Centre for Comparative Research), the Brussels School of International Studies (Belgium) and was a Visiting Student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has completed Quantitative Methods Training in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. This certification recognizes his strong commitment to the teaching profession internationally. James also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in teaching from the University of Kent.


James regularly provides media commentary for outlets such as France 24, RTHK, the Hong Kong Economic Journal, Ming Pao and the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce that cover topics such as global populism, alongside the politics of immigration and nationalism. He is currently working on research projects and a number of journal articles that examine competition between far right and center right parties on the immigration issue in Europe, alongside the decline of social democracy and a separate project on localism and identity in Hong Kong.


Prior to taking up his current position at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, he taught in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong and in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent. James worked as a Research Assistant for Professors Matthew Goodwin and Eric Kaufmann on the UK in a Changing Europe project and the EU Referendum Events Project, receiving ESRC and British Academy Funding. He has also served as a political consultant and Director of British and European Politics at the London Think Tank Parliament Street and worked at the polling company YouGov.

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Downes places a strong emphasis on applied teaching and this is embodied in his strong teaching evaluation scores. Downes is also committed to offering a broad range of courses for students that are particularly relevant in preparing students for the global workplace and in stimulating discussion. Downes will teach the following courses in the Department of Government and Public Administration: Fundamentals of Government, Governance of the European Union, Asian Comparative Politics, alongside Quantitative Research Methods.

  Research Interests:
 
  • Comparative European Politics
  • Ideology: Populism in the 21st century
  • Decline of Social Democracy in Europe
  • Migration Policy in Hong Kong
  • Democratization (East Asia)

2017. "A New Form of Politics: Brexit, The Campaign War and the Importance of the Immigration Issue.” True Blue: A Parliament Street Book (with Christopher Hanley) (Ed: Elizabeth Anderson, David Bean). Parliament Street.

2017. “Mainland Chinese Immigration in Hong Kong: Analyzing anti-immigrant sentiment.” In: Lam, Wai-man and Luke Cooper. ‘Citizenship, Identity, and Social Movements in the New Hong Kong’ (Forthcoming in Routledge, 2017).

2017. “The Reluctant Europeans: British Exceptionalism from 1973-2016.” In: “The Wind of Anti-establishment -Reform, Revolt or Revolution.” Politika, Department of Politics and Public Administration. The University of Hong Kong.

2015. “Immigration and border control: breaking free from the EU?” (with Mo Metcalf-Fisher) Smart Government: A Parliament Street Guide to Better, More Efficient Government (Ed: Patrick J. Sullivan, Najjar, Nabil, H.) Delta Strategies Limited, March 2015, ISBN: 978-0-9932230-0-6

2013. “What explains the rise of Minor Parties in the United Kingdom since 1997?” University of Essex Student Research Journal

2017. (with Christopher Hanley) “French Presidential Elections 2017: ‘A New Form of Politics?’” European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong.” (Working Paper Series)

2017. (with Matthew Loveless) “Populist Radical Right and Center Right Party Competition on the Salience of Immigration: Evidence from the 2008-2013 Economic Crisis in Europe” (Paper under review/European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong (Working Paper Series)

2017. “Center Right Party Resiliency at the outset of the 21st Century: ‘Strategic Emphasis’ on the Immigration issue”

2016. (with Matthew Loveless) “The 2008-2013 Economic Crisis in Europe: Extreme Right-Wing and Center Right Party Competition on the Salience of Immigration.” European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong (Working Paper Series).

2015. “Playing the Immigration Card? Extreme Right-Wing Party Strategy during the 2008-2013 Economic Crisis in Europe.” European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong (Working Paper Series)

2017. "Center Right and Radical Right Party Competition in Europe: Strategic Emphasis on Immigration, Incumbency and Economic Crisis." (with Matthew Loveless)

Discussant for the section “European Politics”. “The European Union and the Refugee Crisis: Policies and Outcomes.” MPSA Annual Conference. Chicago, IL (USA): 6-9 April 2017.

Downes, James and Matthew Loveless. “Populist Radical Right and Center Right Party Competition on the Salience of Immigration: Evidence from the 2008-2013 Economic Crisis in Europe” Paper to be presented at the MPSA Annual Conference. Chicago, IL (USA): 6-9 April 2017.

Discussant for [EU+ Series: Europe – A Year of Fateful Elections?] Seminar #1 “Prosperous, Successful, Disgruntled: The Dutch after their Parliamentary Elections”

“The Migration Crisis in Europe: Implications for the EU Project And Beyond” Panel at the European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong (EUAP): (Organizer) (with Dr. Simon Shen, Prof. Hans-Werner Hess and Dr. Krzysztof Sliwinski) 29th February 2016.

Loveless, Matthew, Stephen Whitefield and James Downes. “Crisis Rewards Clarity: Party Appeals, National Context and Electoral Performance in Europe: Before and After the 2008 Economic Crisis” Department of Government, University of Essex (UK): December 9th 2015.

Loveless, Matthew, Stephen Whitefield and James Downes. “Crisis Rewards Clarity: Party Appeals, National Context and Electoral Performance in Europe: Before and After the 2008 Economic Crisis” Paper presented at the Oxford and Sciences Po Paris LIEPP Workshop, “Party Position, Salience and Political Outcomes” (France): October 16th 2015.

Loveless, Matthew, Stephen Whitefield and James Downes. “Left, Right, and Center: Party Appeals and Performance in Europe at the Onset of the 2008 Economic Crisis” Paper presented at the Department of Developmental, Personality and Social Psychology, University of Ghent Political Psychology Workshop (Belgium): 10-11 June 2015.

Organizer and Panel Chair of the Kent Political Psychology Workshop, Eastern Arc Consortium. University of Kent (UK): 2-3 June 2015.

Downes, James. “The 2014 European Parliament Elections: The Extreme Right and the Politics of Disgust?” Paper presented at the School of European Culture and Languages (SECL), University of Kent (UK): 29-30 May 2015.

Downes, James. “Playing the Immigration Card? The Extreme Right during times of Economic Crisis” Paper presented at the MPSA Annual Conference. Chicago, IL (USA): 16-19 April 2015.

Loveless, Matthew, Stephen Whitefield and James Downes. “Left, Right, and Center: Party Appeals and Performance in Europe at the Onset of the 2008 Economic Crisis” Paper presented at the MPSA Annual Conference. Chicago, IL (USA): 16-19 April 2015.

Loveless, Matthew, Stephen Whitefield and James Downes. “Left, Right, and Center: Citizens’ Perceptions of Inequality and the Polarization of Politics in Europe” Paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Washington, DC (USA): 28-31 Aug 2014.

Discussant for the EU+ Series "Europe- A Year of Fateful Elections?" Europe Asia Policy Centre for Comparative Research. 16th November 2017.

Guest Speaker: “Brexit and British Politics” Europe Asia Policy Centre for Comparative Research. (Invited by Prof. Martin Chung). 25th October 2017.

2015. “The 2015 British General Election: Core Battlegrounds” (with Chris Hanley) TNS opinion, Brussels.

2015. “Can UKIP become a ‘Major Force’ in British Politics?” Parliament Street Policy Paper.

Written commentaries for the European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong, YouGov, TNS opinion (now Kantar Public Brussels) and the Commentator.

 

什麼人訪問什麼人﹕加泰隆尼亞獨立運動 困境與啟示 “The Catalan Independence Movement” Ming Pao (8th October 2017)

德選民掌握歐洲命運 “The 2017 German Federal Election: The Future of the EU is at Stake” Hong Kong Economic Journal (16th September 2017)

UK Leave EU: Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK TV) The Pulse, 2016-06-25

英國脫歐公投的關鍵——專訪歐洲專家 Master Insight Media, 2016-06-20

英國“脫歐"何去何從 To Brexit or Not to Brexit? Interview with The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce (CGCC Vision) June 2016

Brexit Referendum in the UK: Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) Backchat, 2016-05-17

難民潮衝擊歐盟邊管 考驗人道價值觀 The Hong Kong Economic Journal, 2016-03-05

“Both sides pitching to the converted” (The Times – 11th April 2016). (with Matthew Goodwin, Caitlin Milazzo, and Laura Sudulich).

Conducted specialist interviews for France 24, InEurope, RTHK, RTHK TV, The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, Master Insight Media, EU Referendum Events Project with co-authors featured in The Times.

 

2016 School of Politics & International Relations PhD Completion Fund, University of Kent (£800)

2015 Faculty of Social Sciences Grant, University of Kent (£3000)

2015 British Academy/ESRC Grants (School of Politics & International Relations) University of Kent (£3500)

2013-2016 50th Anniversary PhD Scholarship (University of Kent) (£55,000)

 

Member, Admission and Publicity Committee, Department of Government and Public Administration, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Sept 2017-).