Alex Evans is based at the Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University, where he heads CIC’s research program on climate change, resource scarcity and multilateralism. Among his current and recent areas of work are:

  • Work to support the UN Secretary-General’s office on the new UN High Level Panel on Global Sustainability, launched in August 2010
  • Work with the Brookings Institution to set up a new program on resource scarcity and US national security; past publications with Brookings include Hitting Reboot: where next for climate after Copenhagen (December 2009, with David Steven) and Confronting the Long Crisis of Globalization: Risk, Resilience and International Order (January 2010, with David Steven and Bruce Jones)
  • A study for the World Bank’s 2011 World Development Report, exploring the implications of climate and resource scarcity for state fragility and the risk of violent conflict
  • A major study on the global implications of rising global food prices undertaken for Chatham House, culminating in the publication of The Feeding of the Nine Billion: Global food security for the 21st century (January 2009).

Alex also edits, a blog on global risks and foreign policy; all of the above publications are available there, at

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Globalization and Scarcity: Multilateralism for a world with limits

Paper Conference paper | | Apr 2011

Globalization has improved the living standards of hundreds of millions of people – but growing resource scarcity means it risks becoming a victim of its own success.