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'm a Senior Fellow at the NYU Center on International Cooperation, an Associate Fellow at the Young Foundation, and am currently developing a new project 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), a book about the power of deep stories to unlock systemic social and political change. (You can read a summary on BBC Focus here, and an Economist review here.)

Until March 2018, I was a Campaign Director at Avaaz, the 47 million member global citizens' movement, where I ran campaigns on areas like 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 future in which the behaviour and beliefs of millions of ordinary people increasingly have the power to shape global issues (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 various governments and the UN to help negotiate, and I was the lead writer for the UN High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (2011), which first proposed the SDGs.

I've done various stints as a political adviser, including as Special Adviser to two UK Secretaries of State for International Development (Valerie Amos and Hilary Benn), have twice worked in the UN Secretary-General's office, and have also done research for the US National Intelligence Council.

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