Joseph is a senior lecturer in international relations and politics in the politics, history and international relations department at Aston University where he teaches courses on researching politics, security and technology in politics and is the author of "French Muslim in Perspective: Nationalism, Post-colonialism and Marginalisation Under the Republic" (Palgrave, 2019).
He has previously been LSE fellow Nationalism and Migration at the European Institute at the London School of Economics and Marie-Curie fellow at the Laboratory of Mediterranean Sociology, CNRS and the Université Aix-Marseille and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has published widely on politics and security 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.
Senior lecturer, Aston University
LSE Fellow, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science
Marie Curie Fellow, CNRS, Aix-Marseille University, SOAS University of London
Guest Lecturer, London School of Economics and Political Science
LSE, PhD European Studies
SOAS, MSc Middle East Politics
SOAS, Certificate in Political Studies
Kings College London, BSc Environmental Sciences
new media & society, 22(3) 449-469, Tweeting Grenfell: Discourse and networks in critical constructions of British Muslim social boundaries on social media
2019 Critical Studies in Terrorism 12:2 250-272, Blurring European and Islamic Values or Brightening the Good – Bad Muslim Dichotomy? A Critical Analysis of French Muslim Victims of Jihadi Terror online on twitter and in Le Monde Newspaper
French Politics 17 (3), 257-278, #MacronLeaks as a “warning shot” for European democracies: challenges to election blackouts presented by social media and election meddling during the 2017 French presidential election
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
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
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
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
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