Yuliya Voytenko '07 (Ukraine)

September 19, 2008

After having graduated from MESPOM in June 2007 I started my PhD studies at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at Central European University in Budapest. Currently I am in the very beginning of my second year in PhD program, successfully passed my comprehensive exams and have just defended my thesis prospectus.

To share a bit of after-MESPOM experience with you, I would like to say that I am very satisfied with how my professional career is developing. I work on my dissertation and am very excited about the research I am doing. Specifically I focus on the development of new bioenergy based models for organisation and action in Ukraine and look at the possibilities to link different economic actors utilising agricultural biomass for commercial energy production. I am especially excited about starting my field research in the upcoming year because this will mean communicating with people and exploring possibilities to create business opportunities for them in real life.

Brendan Cook '08 (USA): Thesis on Biogas in Vietnam

August 12, 2008

While preparing MESPOM thesis, I decided to take advantage of our global network and focus on a topic that was not just environmental but also related to the social and economic dimensions of sustainability.

Chunyu Liang '07 (China): UNFCCC position

I have just received an offer with the CDM Registration & Issuance Unit under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The Unit is based in the UNFCCC's secretariat, Bonn, Germany, and is responsible for the registration of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects and for the issuance of certified emission reduction (CERs) credits, under the CDM Executive Board that oversees the whole CDM system. I will be working on the issuance side as much of my past year's experience with my current company, EcoSecurities, a market leader in the CDM field, relates to CDM project monitoring & verification.

Tahia Devisscher '07 (Bolivia): UNDP position

I am currently working for UNDP Bolivia, writing for the Human Development Report (HDR) 2008. I do research and analysis on the environmental and local socio-economic impacts of biofuels expansion, mining activities and development projects in Bolivia such as road and hydroelectric dams development.

Alvin Chandra '10 (Fiji)

May 10, 2008

The sound of MESPOM and the dynamic nature of the international degree provide a comfort to me. For the past few years, after pursuing in a number of graduate programmes from Australia and Pacific, I feel this programme holds a value to anyone seeking international exposure in broader environmental issues. My life experiences from growing up in a small island environment, where adaptability to externalities is a constant demand of life, has influenced my interest in environmental issues.

Elephant Management in South Africa

April 25, 2008

Perhaps some of you have recently heard about the dilemma facing elephant management in South Africa, particularly the burgeoning population in Kruger National Park, and the proposal to reinstate elephant culling as a measure to control populations. If you are interested in this debate, and want to learn more, I wanted to let you know that we recently completed a 'Scientific Assessment of South African Elephant Management' which was submitted to the Minister of Environmental Affairs & Tourism in December 2007.

Njisuh Zebedee Feka '10 (Cameroon)

April 13, 2008

My name is Njisuh Zebedee Feka from Cameroon. With over 240 ethnic groups, this country is generally referred to as Africa in miniature because of its diversity of ecosystems people and varied climate. Starting with stunning hot deserts and savannas in the north, the eco-zones change gradually to tropical humid forests to the south, with a fair extent of degraded low-lying mangrove forests. The landscapes on which these ecosystems flourish are also diverse –hills, mountains chains, plateaus, extensive low lands to the majestic volcanic Cameroon Mountain.

Sachin Kumar Badkas '08 (India): The Class

March 26, 2008

Europe has been a time for many personal landmarks - cooking meat or flying minus airport counters, for instance. Another recent first, but by far more important was an officially assigned class. In the past, it has been I who offered lectures to an audience that was captive to various degrees. Last year's class on Policy Memos was an official affair, but still entirely my idea and counts less as it was to my peers, each of whom could teach me a lot back. No, the classes I gave that week meant more.

Diane Matar '09 (Lebanon)

November 22, 2007

My name is Diane Matar and I am from Lebanon. I studied Environmental Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut and worked in the pharmaceutical industry, eco-tourism, and in an environmental NGO in Lebanon before joining MESPOM. For me MESPOM is not just a Masters programme, it is a journey into knowledge and culture where everyday is a discovery and a learning experience.

Sachin Kumar Badkas '08 (India): Bienvenue à Bruxelles

November 19, 2007
Naturally, I was happy to be in my first francophone country - able to read signs and ask directions in French. It is a city of sharp contrasts - the metro stations and glass highrises for one. There was little time for any deeper impressions than that. The arrival flight was late and I got late for the departure flight. Boarding the train to leave the airport, three of us realized we had flown together from Copenhagen for the same event.

 We arrived at the hotel just in time to leave for the venue. That was good in a way; the hotel declined to check any of us in.


Subscribe to MESPOM RSS