Stranded assets? Public management of fossil fuel assets in the international system

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Alex is a DPhil candidate in the School of Geography and the Environment, where his research focuses on the identification and transmission of fossil-fuel related stranded asset risks in the public sector, and how governments and their agents should respond to these risks. Alongside research, Alex is the Interim Director of the Asset-Level Data Initiative (ADI), an Oxford-led project aiming to develop public asset-level datasets for the research community and financial sector.

Prior to returning to Oxford, Alex spent two years in San Francisco as a climate finance analyst with Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), a non-profit organisation focused on accelerating investment in low-carbon and resilient solutions in the developing world. He was a lead author on a study on implementing alignment with the Paris Agreement for members of the International Development Finance Club; led data development and processing for the forthcoming Global Landscape of Climate Finance; and supported the development of a financial mechanism for accelerating electric bus deployment with the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance. He has worked with clients including the Green Climate Fund, ClimateWorks Foundation and European Climate Foundation.

Alex received an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy from Oxford's Department for International Development in 2016. After this, he spent a year at Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences as the 2016-17 Henry Fellow, with a focus on energy geopolitics and policy; and international law. He graduated from Warwick University in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 2015, including an Erasmus exchange at Sciences Po, Paris, in 2013. While at Warwick, Alex coordinated the TEDxWarwick conference and supported the Warwick Climate Forum.

With Dr Thomas Hale (Blavatnik School of Government), Alex helps to coordinate Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions (GGCA), a network of researchers and advocacy organisations supporting non-state contributions to the formal climate negotiation process. He is also Senior Advisor to the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth (SDSN Youth). He represented SDSN Youth at the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals Summit, and Young European Leadership at the COP21 and COP22 climate change negotiations.

Alex has worked for a range of organisations including the International Union for the Conservation of nature (IUCN), the Birmingham Food Council (covering food crime, food poverty and the economic costs of poor diet), Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Debt Capital Markets division, and Digimind, a market intelligence software company. He has also undertaken consultancy projects with consultancy Adam Smith International on governance programmes in Syria and West Africa; and supported a review of aid effectiveness in Syria for the UK Parliament's Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI).

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