Alexis McGivern

MPhil at the Department of Geography and incoming MBA at Saïd Business School (dual degree programme)


Alexis is an MPhil student at the School of Geography and the Environment, looking at the politics of waste incineration and the communities who are resisting incinerators in the UK. She is undertaking a dual degree programme with the Saïd Business School, doing an MBA to understand the language and motivations of businesses to create long-lasting change across the stakeholders needed to address the climate emergency.

She is a co-founder of 26,000 Climate Conversations – a new Oxford student-led initiative that seeks to build support for climate action through interpersonal conversations in the lead-up to the United Nations COP26 conference.

At Oxford, she ran the School of Climate Change, an eight-week course that covers the basics of climate science through to the policy and legal challenges of climate change all the way through to the range of potential solutions. During the pandemic, this course had 2,000 participants.

Outside of Oxford, Alexis does research with the Plastic Pollution Emissions Working Group, an interdisciplinary and international group of scientists researching plastic pollution. She also creates TikToks about climate science in order to make academia more accessible at @climatemadecool.


  • Waste management, specifically waste incineration (waste-to-energy plants) – impacts on people and climate
  • Plastic pollution in marine environments – e.g. how scientists model flows of plastic waste into the ocean, how plastic pollution affects coastal communities
  • Human health impacts of plastic pollution across the life cycle – from production through to use and finally disposal
  • Understanding climate issues from a business perspective
  • Climate education/environmental education
  • Plastic-free living


English, French