Howard Hudson MA

Head of Communications

Howard Hudson joined UNU-MERIT in 2011 and was made Head of Communications in 2018. He has 20 years of experience in political communications, having worked across four continents with EU and UN agencies, Chatham House and Amnesty International.

Over the last few years, Howard has led a range of major projects including:
- An introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals: commissioning and editing research commentary from across the UNU network;
- The UNU Jargon Buster: gathering partners including the OECD, UN Women and WTO while reaching a global audience of millions via the Reuters newswire;
- The Reach and Turn science reporting series: training hundreds of journalists, researchers and policymakers worldwide, alongside a BBC presenter, a Dutch ambassador and a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist.

Howard has edited several hundred publications while at UNU, including policy briefs and research reports for national governments and UN agencies. He has placed dozens of op-eds in among others The Conversation, and in 2019 launched a series of immersive Shorthand stories. He is also a regular contributor to Chatham House events, including three webinars in 2020 focusing on:
- The UN's vision for a digital future
- The complex relationship between policymaking and research
- Economic innovations: New ideas for a troubled economy

Howard holds a BA in Combined Arts (English Literature, Philosophy and Italian) from the University of Durham, UK (1999), and an MA in International Relations from the University of Kent, UK (2003). The following year he started a PhD in Political History at the University of Bologna, Italy.