Howard Hudson MA

Head of Communications

Howard Hudson (Wimbledon, 1976) joined UNU-MERIT in January 2011 and was made Head of Communications in February 2018. He obtained his MA in International Relations from the University of Kent in 2003, before starting a PhD at the University of Bologna in late 2004.

Howard has two decades of experience in political communications, working across four continents with EU and UN agencies, Chatham House and Amnesty International. Over the last few years he has co-led a range of innovative projects including:
- An introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals (2015): gathering research commentary from across the UNU network;
- The 'UNU Jargon Buster' app (2015-): featured on Reuters to a global audience of millions, with international partners such as the OECD, UN Women and WTO;
- The 'Reach and Turn' science reporting series (2016-): training hundreds of journalists, researchers and policymakers worldwide, alongside a BBC presenter, a Dutch ambassador and a Pulitzer prize-winning data storyteller.

Howard has worked on several hundred publications at UNU, editing policy briefs and research reports for national governments and UN agencies, placing op-eds in among others 'The Conversation' (2015-), as well as pioneering a series of immersive 'Shorthand' articles (2019-).