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    James moved to Coventry University in 2018 from King’s College London, where he had lectured in Politics and International Relations since 2015. He holds a PhD in Political Science from UCL, where he also served as Director of MSc Democracy and Comparative Politics from 2013-15.

    His research on Central and Eastern Europe has focused on the ways that competing ideological projects such as liberalism and ethnic nationalism shape both elite politics and citizens’ everyday lives. His recent work has been published in the Journal of European Public Policy, JCMS, Journal of Democracy, Comparative European Politics and East European Politics. He is the author of one monograph – Cultures of Democracy in Serbia and Bulgaria: How Ideas Shape Publics (2014; paperback 2016), which was awarded the BASEES George Blazyca Prize. He has also written numerous journalistic articles, including for Foreign Policy magazine, Open Democracy and has appeared as a pundit on BBC Radio 4.

    Consistent with his analytical focus on the spread of ideas, he has used ethnographic methods, focus groups, discursive institutionalism and quantitative survey analysis. He is now working on a British Academy-funded project aimed at interpreting socio-political turbulence in Bulgaria in the context of the country’s democratization.


    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Political Science, Doctorate, The Elusive Liberal Citizen: Democratization and Public Spheres in Serbia and Bulgaria, University College London

    15 Sept 200928 Sept 2013

    Award Date: 28 Sept 2013


    • JA Political science (General)
    • Democratization
    • Nationalism
    • Liberalism
    • Illiberalism
    • H Social Sciences (General)
    • Ethnography
    • Survey Research
    • Focus Groups
    • Comparing
    • JF Political institutions (General)
    • European Union
    • Enlargement
    • JC Political theory
    • Democracy
    • Public Sphere
    • Normative Evaluation


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