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Alistair Cole is Professor of Political Sciences and Head of the Department of Government and International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University. He obtained his DPhil from Oxford Univeristy (1986).  He has had  a distinguished international career, occupying the post of Full Professor at Universities in the UK, France and Hong Kong. He is best known for his expertise on French politics; his arrival in Hong Kong in 2019 built upon the renowned reputation of HKBU in European Studies. He has also worked extensively on issues of territorial and metropolitan governance. He is an accomplised researcher, with a H.index of 33, according to Google Scholar (8/07/2022). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK) a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and has been a  member of commissioning panels of various Research Councils (ESRC, ANR, FNRS). He was Vice-Chair of the ESRC's Panel B (social sciences) from 2010-2014.

Research Interests

Comparative Politics, Territorial Governance (including Smart City), Trust and Transparency, European Politics, Public Policy.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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