MESPOM student stories

The MESPOM students and alumni come from over 80 countries of five continents. A typical MESPOM student has graduated with top grades from a good university and has some experience of voluntary or professional environmental work. She or he understands global environmental challenges and has a clear commitment to contribute to their resolution.

The MESPOM Program has attracted students from prestigeous international universities such as BostonBrownLeidenLundMcGillMcMasterMoscow State, Peking and Stanford, as well as Universities of Andes (Columbia), AucklandCanberraCape TownCosta RicaBritish ColumbiaCalifornia (Santa Barbara), CopenhagenNew DelhiOxfordPuebla (Mexico), San Marcos (Peru), SheffieldToronto and Washington (Seattle), Weseda (Japan) among others.

This page offers an introduction to several student stories either to showcase a current experience or project, or describe the student's previous experiences and how it brought them to MESPOM. 

Meet Shwetha Nair, a student from batch 12 (2016-18). Shwetha, from India, comes from a background working in wildlife biology and is learning to expand her knowledge to include policy and management.

Meet Maruf Khalid, a student from batch 12 (2016-18). Maruf is from Afghanistan (the first MESPOM student coming from his country) and hopes to influence the development of environmental thinking and management in his country. 

Meet Sandeep Pai and Savannah Carr-Wilson, two students from batch 11 (2015-17). Sandeep is from India and Savannah is from Canada, and they have collaborated to publish a comparative book on the situation with the use of fossil fuels in their two countries. 

Meet Dany Avalos, a student from batch 11 (2015-17). Dany took the Manchester track for his third semester and chose to remain for his fourth semester of thesis research. Dany, from Ecuador, has a background in sustainable tourism and ecology and in MESPOM has developed his academic skills in scientific research. 

Meet Gina D'Alesandro, a student from batch 11 (2015-2017) and conducted a thesis research project in Namibia. Gina, from the U.S.A, worked on sustainable development water management plans for a local river basin. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department for Environmental Sciences and Policy at CEU. 

Meet students from the current batch 12, who completed a course assignment in fall 2017 which involved groupwork, working with real-life scenarios, and creating a game for the student group to play. 

Check back for more student stories in the future!

MESPOM Student Stories

In the first semester at CEU, Environmental Sciences and Policy students have the option to take a course called Environmental Justice, Politics and Humanities taught by Dr. Guntra Aistara and Dr. Tamara Steger. Students have the opportunity to assimilate their learning of course material through analyzing real-life examples of environmental issues.

Gina D'Alesandro (USA '17) conducted her thesis research in Namibia. The aim of her research was to understand and draw out the livelihood options and limitations on the ground for the two tribes of the Kavango East region around Bwabwata National Park, one a farming Bantu tribe, the Hambukushu, and the other an indigenous bushman tribe called the Khwe, a people who only a generation ago subsided entirely off of the bush foods and animals of the area.

Dany Avalos '17 (Ecuador) received a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Sustainable Tourism and wrote a Bachelor's thesis on the Impacts of Tourism in Indigenous Communities located on the south-east bank of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador at the Kapawi Reserve and Ecolodge.

The MESPOM program offers different modes of support to students who have ideas for initiatives and projects related to their special interests. Savannah Carr-Wilson (Canada, ’15-’17) and Sandeep (India, ’15-’17) are classmates currently in their second year who are working together on a book project based on their mutual interest in global energy transitions away from fossil fuels. The book is tentatively titled “The Fossil Fuel Curse” and features untold stories of the uncertain future of people in India and Canada who are impacted by fossil fuel extraction.