Climate Change



Scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal.

– Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change



Climate Change? The Earth’s climate has changed throughout history. Just in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, with the abrupt end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago marking the beginning of the modern climate era — and of human civilization. Most of these climate changes are attributed to very small variations in Earth’s orbit that change the amount of solar energy our planet receives. The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is very likely human-induced and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented in the past 1,300 years.

Source: NASA





Short Bio



alex-about-me

I am currently in the 3rd year of my studies as a doctorate student for a DPhil in Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. My research focuses on committed emissions of energy infrastructure capital stock, the potential for stranded assets resulting from comparing these emissions to remaining carbon budgets, and the implications for policy makers. I am also working as a research assistant for the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) at the Oxford Martin School (OMS), for the Sustainable Finance Programme of the Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment (SSEE), and am a member of INET’s Young Scholars Initiative (YSI).

I hold a M.Sc. (German “Diploma”) in Business Administration and Management from the University of Mannheim in Germany. During my M.Sc. studies I focused on Corporate Finance, Asset Valuation and Financial Markets and in my master thesis I analysed the short time effects of short selling bans on market liquidity and other relevant stock market measures.

Before I started my DPhil in Oxford I worked between 2011-14 for McKinsey & Company, Inc. in Germany where I advised distressed companies in the renewable energies and energy efficiency sector (mainly PV and LED lighting). Furthermore I have relevant work experience from occupations at KPMG (Transaction Advisory), UBS Investment Bank (Fixed Income Sales) and as a volunteer for the “New Climate Economy Project” of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.

I am currently member of the advisory board of PurifAid (www.purifaid.com), Helena (www.helena.co) where I also serve as a judge for the 2016 Helena Award (helena.co/the-helena-prize), Delegation head for YEL’s UNFCCC COP (annual climate conference) delegations (www.younglead.eu), and free contributor for German energy policy for Oxford Analytica (www.oxan.com).





Research Interests



  • Committed Emissions
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Carbon Budgets
  • Climate Change
  • Energy Policy
  • Climate Policy
  • Renewable Energies
  • Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
  • IPCC
  • Stranded Assets




Current Activities



University of Oxford
University of Oxford- DPhil Student
Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment
Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment- Research Assistant
Institute For New Economic Thinking (INET) at the Oxford Martin School (OMS)
Institute For New Economic Thinking (INET) at the Oxford Martin School (OMS) - Research Assistant


Oxford Analytica
Oxford Analytica- Free Contributor
PurifAid
PurifAid- Advisor
Helena Price
Helena Price- Advisor


YEL’s COP Delegation
YEL’s COP Delegation- Delegation Head
McKinsey & Company
McKinsey & Company- Consultant