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Alexandra Macmillan

Associate Professor Environment and Health, University of Otago

Having graduated in Medicine in 1997, Alex spent time as a hospital doctor before moving into the specialty of public health medicine. She has a Masters in Public Health and her PhD was about how we make better policies in cities to optimise health, fairness and environmental sustainability - particularly with regard to bicycling. She teaches environmental health as part of the MPH programme at the University of Otago. She is also a public health "activist" in the area of climate change and health. Having co-founded OraTaiao: NZ Climate & Health Council in 2009 she is currently its co-convenor - it's an organisation of more than 700 doctors and other senior health professionals pressing for healthy climate policy in NZ and globally.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in environmental sustainability and public health and co-convenor of OraTaiao: NZ Climate & Health Council, University of Otago


  • 2012 
    University of Auckland, PhD Community Health