Devon Rowcliffe is a freelance politics and football (soccer) writer currently based in Toronto, Canada – although he remains a card-carrying member of the Vancouver diaspora. His writing, thoughts and photographs have been featured in more than 120 media outlets, spanning 16 countries and five continents. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia and a master’s degree from the University of Toronto, both in political science and Asian studies. He has never been tempted to eat his degrees, but knows they’re better baked than boiled.
Rowcliffe is interested in Western politics, particularly Canada (federal, Ontario and B.C. provincial, Vancouver and Toronto municipal), the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. Particular topics of interest include Green and social democratic political parties; proportional representation and other aspects of democratic reform; as well as urbanism, including active transportation, public transit and housing. Rowcliffe served in the British and Canadian civil service for more than a decade. He’s more likely to write about the U.S. Virgin Islands than the U.S. Twitter: @DevonRowcliffe
Another of Rowcliffe's passions is Northeast Asian politics. His primary areas of interest are Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan; he has secondary interests in Singapore, China and North Korea. Rowcliffe writes about political party systems, electoral reform and democratic health. He previously lived in Busan, South Korea, but never once tied an orange, plastic carrier bag to the top of his head. Twitter: @DevonEastAsia
Additionally, Rowcliffe writes about association football (soccer). Topics include formal supporter involvement in clubs (including fan ownership), national knockout cup competitions (particularly the earlier rounds of England's FA Cup, the U.S. Open Cup and Canada’s Voyageurs Cup), as well as non-League (amateur) clubs around the world. Rowcliffe spent three years living in southern England and briefly served on the committee of London non-League club Hanwell Town. He is currently writing a book, Who Ate All The Squid? Football Adventures in South Korea, premised on following a Korean football club home and away for an entire K League season. Rowcliffe is often the sole spectator at local amateur games in Toronto. Send help. Twitter: @WhoAteTheSquid