Dr. James Noyes
James is from Norfolk, in the East of England. He was educated at the University of Cambridge, where he was both an undergraduate and doctoral student at Christ’s College. Following his PhD, he taught at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) in France.
He is Head of Policy and Strategy at the London think tank ResPublica. In addition to his policy work, he holds honorary fellowships at both the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and UCL Culture at University College London.
James works on the relationship between culture, politics and society, particularly in the UK, France, USA and the Middle East. This focusses on how global trends affect local cultures and communities; how institutions shape social cohesion and civic society; and how governments and markets respond to complex patterns of collective and individual behaviour.
He is the author of the first major book dedicated to a question which has dominated front page headlines: the destruction of cultural heritage during times of conflict. This book, The Politics of Iconoclasm, has been described by reviewers as “impressive”, a “fearless narrative”, and by the Times Literary Supplement as “making a crucial contribution to the body of recent landmark publications in the field”.
In November 2016, James was invited to be the keynote speaker on the question of heritage destruction at the Global Mayors Conference in Florence, Italy. His ideas have also appeared in media outlets across the world, from BBC Radio 4 and Sky News in the UK to Vox and American Conservative in the USA and European broadsheets including Tages Anzeiger and Svenska Dagbladet.