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Joseph has been awarded a Marie-Curie individual fellowship to conduct a research project on social media by Muslim organisations and individuals to de-securitise Muslims in the UK and France, based at the Laboratory of Mediterranean Sociology, CNRS and the Université Aix-Marseille. He has published widely on politics and sociology in France, concentrating on minority communities. He has also been widely consulted by broadcast and print media.

Joseph Downing received his PhD from the European Institute, London School of Economics in 2014. His thesis ‘Between Policy, Recognition and Rioting: Analyzing the role of urban governance, historical commemoration and public culture in defining inclusion in Marseille, Paris and Lyon’ involved significant fieldwork in France. He was awarded the AHRC block grant “European Languages and Culture” full scholarship for the 2009-2012 period and taught as a fellow at LSE until 2016.


  • 2016–present
    Marie Curie Fellow, CNRS, Aix-Marseille University
  • 2013–present
    Associate, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science


  • 2014 
    LSE, PhD European Studies
  • 2005 
    SOAS, MSc Middle East Politics
  • 2004 
    SOAS, Certificate in Political Studies
  • 2003 
    Kings College London, BSc Environmental Sciences


  • 2016
    International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Fighting cultural marginalisation with symbolic power in a Parisian banlieue: post-colonial culture and the voluntary association les Oranges
  • 2016
    Ethnicities, June 2016 vol. 16 no. 3 452-469, Influences on state–society relations in France: Analysing voluntary associations and multicultural dynamism, co-option and retrenchment in Paris, Lyon and Marseille
  • 2015
    Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism 15 (2), 336-351, Understanding the (Re)Definition of Nationhood in French Cities: A Case of Multiple States and Multiple Republics
  • 2015
    Fennia - International Journal of Geography 193 (2), 185-197, Contesting and re-negotiating the national in French cities: examining policies of governance, Europeanisation and co-option in Marseille and Lyon
  • 2015
    Ethnic and Racial Studies 36 (9), 1557-1572 , European influence on diversity policy frames: paradoxical outcomes of Lyon's membership of the Intercultural Cities programme

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Marie Curie Individual Fellowship
    Fellow at the CNRS France
    Funding Source:
    European Commission
  • 2009
    AHRC Block Grant
    PhD Scholarship
    Funding Source:
    Arts and Humanities Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow Higher Education Academy