Alex Evans

Author, The Myth Gap in England, United Kingdom

Alex Evans

Author, The Myth Gap in England, United Kingdom

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I've been a Senior Fellow at the NYU Center on International Cooperation for the last 12 years, and am now working with the Young Foundation on the interface of politics and collective psychology, for instance on issues like political polarisation.

I'm the author of The Myth Gap: What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren't Enough? (Penguin, 2017 - available here), a book about the power of deep stories to unlock systemic social and political change. (Summary on BBC Focus here; Economist review here.)

Until March 2018, I was a Campaign Director at Avaaz, where I ran campaigns on areas including Brexit, tax havens, and human rights.

I'm especially interested in how governments manage a world of transboundary global risks (see e.g. this for Brookings) and how to develop new theories of influence for a world in the behaviour and beliefs of millions of ordinary people shape global issues like climate change, infectious disease, or political extremism (see e.g. this for the UK Foreign Office).

I also have a long standing interest in the global Sustainable Development Goals, which I worked with multiple governments and the UN to help negotiate, and was the lead writer for the UN High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (2011), which first proposed SDGs.

I've done various stints as a political adviser, including as special adviser to two UK Secretaries of State (Valerie Amos and Hilary Benn) at the UK Department for International Development, and have twice worked in the UN Secretary-General's office.

I am married, have two kids, live in North Yorkshire, and enjoy DJing progressive house music, repairing old mechanical watches, meditating, and running. I'm currently learning Norwegian and dry stone walling.