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Joseph Downing

Joseph Downing

Marie Curie Fellow, CNRS, Laboratoire méditerranéen de sociologie, Aix-Marseille Université

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.

How the French far-right rose to prominence

Jul 04, 2024 06:28 am UTC| Politics

European politics was shaken by a surge in support for the far-right and far-left in the first round of Frances legislative elections on June 30. Marine Le Pens National Rally party won 33% of the popular vote, ahead of...

Four experts investigate how the 5G coronavirus conspiracy theory began

Jun 14, 2020 12:01 pm UTC| Insights & Views

In times of crisis conspiracy theories can spread as fast as a virus. As the coronavirus pandemic tightened its grip on a world which struggled to comprehend the enormity of the situation it was facing, darker forces...

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