MESPOM student stories

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.

A typical MESPOM class is a mix of (a) engineers and natural scientists seeking to work in policy or management positions (about 30-40% of students), (b) students with backgrounds in social sciences and humanities (about 30-40% of students) seeking to learn about scientific and technical aspects of environmental protection and (c) environmental practitionerswho seek to supplement their practical experience with formal knowledge about the environment. By consciously mixing these different categories in one classroom, encouraging their learning from each other and structuring the curriculum in such a way that it enables planning individually tailored careers, MESPOM has contributed to hundreds of successful environmental careers.

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.

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MESPOM Student Stories

Alumni Zebedee Njisuh, Cameroon on the importance of communicating your research

March 26, 2020

Zebedee in the Sherbro River Eustuary one  Sierra Leone's MPAs

Batch-4 (2010) graduate from Cameroon, Zebedee Njisuh talks about how MESPOM helped him understand the role communication plays in making sure scientific research is useful and has a real-world impact.

From an oil company to local fish farmers in the Amazon; alumni Nicolás Acosta García from Colombia

March 13, 2020

Nicolás Acosta García, Batch-5 graduate from Colombia talks about his journey from working for an oil company to working with local fish farmers in the Amazon and studying the relationships local communities have with extractive industries.

From working for a firm in the U.S. to becoming an Assistant Professor in Sweden: Jessica Jewell

March 6, 2020
Batch-3 (2009) graduate Jessica Jewell talks about her journey from working for a firm in the U.S. to becoming an Assistant Professor in Sweden.

MESPOM enabled me to create a life of learning and international exchange. When I applied to MESPOM, I was working in a geotechnical engineering firm near Washington DC. In some senses, I loved my job. I worked for a company that valued intellectual development and my days were a nice mix between field work and desk analysis. But I felt I hadn't finished learning.

How did I become a consultant at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the UN in Rome

February 20, 2020

Batch-10 graduate from Mexico, Isaac Guzman Estrada talks about how MESPOM enabled his journey from a background in sustainable transportation to being a consultant at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the UN in Rome.

Always making reunions everywhere - Masahiro Suzuki

February 18, 2020

This week, Batch-8 (2014) graduate, and current PhD student Masahiro Suzuki from Japan talks about how MESPOM helped him shape his passion for the environment into a profession.

Radio producer Vaida Pilibaityté on how MESPOM made her a better communicator

February 14, 2020

Batch-4 (2010) graduate and award-winning radio producer Vaida Pilibaitytė from Lithuania talks about how MESPOM made her a better communicator and environmental journalist.

Enrichment through energy studies and environmental engagement - Joel Gordon

Current Manchester-track student Joel Gordon reflects on his MESPOM journey over the past 1.5 years as Batch-14 settles into their thesis semester.

Jennifer Lenhart (graduate of 2007), Global Lead of Cities at WWF

12 years ago?! Yikes! Feels like yesterday. But in short, MESPOM influences the work I do every single day.

Susana Guerreiro (MESPOM batch-9) panel speaker at COP25 in Madrid

December 30, 2019

With increasingly more young people taking the global stage in advocating climate action, the side-event on “Increasing Climate Ambition through Capacity Building Among Youth and Educators” at COP25 in Madrid was particularly relevant and timely.

A Fijian Journey After MESPOM: Nacanieli Bolo (Batch-12)

Nacanieli Bolo (Batch-12) talks about his Fijian journey after MESPOM.

After completing MESPOM in 2018, I returned to Fiji and worked as a consultant for UNDP in the field of risk (climate and disaster) and development nexus and then later joined the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a policy analyst supporting UK’s climate and ocean governance work in the Pacific.