Jonathan Banfield

Jonathan Banfield is a second-year student in the Masters of Global Affairs program at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. Having grown up in Hong Kong, his research interests surround the politics of democratization and development in Southeast Asia, especially as it pertains to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and regional integration. As an undergraduate student, he held multiple research positions exploring questions related to clientelism, precarity, and community vulnerability, culminating in his co-authoring of a chapter in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Futures. Additionally, he has worked for the federal government as a policy analyst at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.