Dr. James Noyes is a political advisor based in London.
He is a Senior Fellow of the Social Market Foundation, a former advisor and speech-writer to Tom Watson MP, ex-Deputy Leader of the British Labour Party, and is an honorary fellow of both UCL Culture at University College London and the Centre for Religion, Conflict and Globalization at the University of Groningen. His work focuses on the networks between citizens and states, culture and markets.
James grew up in Norfolk in the East of England. He was educated at Norwich School and the University of Cambridge, where he was both an undergraduate and doctoral student at Christ’s College. His research at Christ's was awarded the Lloyd Studentship for History.
After his PhD, James taught for several years at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) in France. He is the author of several think tank reports on subjects including soft power, public health and gambling reform.
James is the author of a 2016 book, The Politics of Iconoclasm, an account of state formation and the destruction of cultural heritage that has been described by reviewers, including the Times Literary Supplement, as a “fearless narrative” and "landmark publication".
In late 2016, James was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Global Mayors Conference in Florence, Italy.