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Alex Lenferna

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Nelson Mandela University. General Secretary, Climate Justice Coalition, Nelson Mandela University

Dr Alex Lenferna is a post-doctoral research fellow at Nelson Mandela University in the Department of Development Studies – on a National Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowship. He is also the elected General Secretary and co-founder of the Climate Justice Coalition - a South African coalition of civil society, grassroots, trade union and community-based organisations working together to advance a transformative climate justice agenda. Alex is a first generation South African whose family hails from the small island nation of Mauritius. He has dedicated over a dozen years to research, writing, teaching, and activism on climate justice. His work, writing, and research is freely available at


  • 2022–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Nelson Mandela University
  • 2020–present
    General Secretary, Climate Justice Coalition
  • 2019–2022
    Climate justice campaigner,


    University of Washington, MA in Philosophy
    University of Kansas, Graduate Certificate in Environmental Studies
    University of Washington, Graduate Certificate in Climate Science
  • 2018 
    University of Washington, PhD in Philosophy (climate ethics)
  • 2012 
    Rhodes University, South Africa, MA in Philosophy


Fulbright and Mandela Rhodes Scholar