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

Advancing Academic Frontiers for Sustainable Solutions

This week 2007 MESPOM graduate and present Associate Professor at Lund University, Yuliya Voytenko Palgan talks about advancing academic frontiers for sustainable solutions.

Batch-1 alumni Lovish Ahuja’s post-MESPOM journey

December 9, 2019

This week we go to Delhi, India to follow Batch-1 alumni Lovish Ahuja’s post-MESPOM journey.

From Argentina to South Africa to Turkey & beyond..

December 5, 2019

Current 2nd-year MESPOM student, Josefina Achaval-Torre talks about her experiences along this journey 

Photo: Exploring different ecosystems after a week of intense fieldwork collecting data on invasive species control (Mariepskop, South Africa)

How did you find out about Mespom, and how has your experience living in 3 different l

Alumni Shruti Neelakantan: We are all environmentally connected

November 15, 2019

Continuing the alumni features as part of celebrating the 15 years of MESPOM, this week we follow the journey of Batch-9 alumni, Shruti Neelakantan from India who is currently pursuing a PhD as a Marie-Curie Fellow in Ireland. 

Sofia Cavalleri '19: How I backpacked my PhD to Bangkok

November 7, 2019

Can I keep studying and travelling forever? This is the dream of every exchange student. After studying in Trento, Paris, Budapest, Lesvos, Lund, Stockholm and now in Bangkok, I think I’ve just finalized a strategy for that.

Why focus on climate risk insurance? Fabiola Espinoza Córdova '19 (Peru) on her MESPOM internship

"My advice to future students? Use the time of the internship between the two academic years to focus on your field of interest, experience something you have not done before (for me, it was working in a think tank), and choose something, which will be useful when the time to decide what you will do after your studies."

Thesis on rural livelihoods in Namibia

October 9, 2018
Gina D'Alesandro (USA '17) conducted her thesis research in Namibia with the aito understand the livelihood options and limitations 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.

Ecology and sustainable tourism in Ecuador to water chemistry and management in the U.K.

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 Fossil Fuel Curse: a project by two students: Sandeep and Savannah (India and Canada '17)

October 9, 2018

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.

Abdul Maruf Khalid's story: a background in development with hopes to bring knowledge home and improve environmental issues in Afghanistan

October 9, 2018

What is your professional and educational background, and what brought you to MESPOM?

I am currently a student of the first year of the MESPOM at CEU, and a graduate of the civil engineering faculty of the Kabul University.