Alex Earnshaw

Alex Earnshaw

Environmental Accounting Intern

AKA: Earnie

Likes: Cycling along the Yarra and Port Phillip Bay, hiking, maps, keep cups and Frank Ocean

Dislikes: Single-use plastics, driving in the city, squash (the vegetable)

Favourite Animal in the Yarra Catchment: Platypus (though I’m yet to see one!)


Alex is a current Master of Environment student at the University of Melbourne and has a solid background in economics and insurance. Alex’s work with the YRKA revolves around engaging different stakeholders, authoritative bodies and developers to help quantify and value the environmental assets of the Yarra catchment area.

Alex holds a Bachelor of Economics (majoring in International Trade and Finance). This is complemented by ‘Writing the Real Course’ in Creative Nonfiction – completed at the Centre for Continuing Education, the University of Sydney, in 2014.

Alex has previously had the opportunity to complete a secondment with Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships. There he evaluated the progress of a Yorta Yorta language revival program in the Goulburn Murray region of Victoria by interviewing language experts and a range of community stakeholders. This inspiring experience led him to join CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program, where he helped create paid internship opportunities for Indigenous university students by working with corporate partners in Victoria and Western Australia. Currently, Alex supports students to achieve their academic and career goals as an Enrolment Adviser at The University of Melbourne whilst simultaneously studying his Masters, with a particular interest in alternative measures of human well-being to GDP per-capita.

Alex aims to utilise his talents in accounting and economics coupled with his passion for the environment to develop win-win situations for both the environment and human development.


“I love cycling east along the Yarra from Clifton Hill towards Heide Park. There are quiet stretches, immersed in bushland, where I feel I’ve truly left the noise and pace of the city.”