MESPOM Faculty

The individuals involved in delivering MESPOM include permanent resident faculty as well as affiliated academics and professionals with recognized experience in the field. The resident faculty is permanently employed by the Consortium partners and is responsible for developing, coordinating and delivering the program as well as assessing students’ work. All of these academics are active researchers and have European or global recognition in their research areas. In addition, over the years, the Consortium partners have developed a circle of core visiting lecturers from both Europe and around the world who could bring cutting edge research and academic experiences to students.

  • CEU resident faculty includes five full professors, five associate and two assistant professors with degrees from leading universities in Canada, Hungary, the UK, the US, Germany and Russia. CEU’s core of visiting professors come from Hungary, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, UK, Ukraine, and the USA, representing prominent academic centers, as well as EEA, IPCC, UNEP and other international organizations.
  • IIIEE resident faculty includes two full professors, four associate professors, one assistant professor, one adjunct professor, a senior research fellow and four research associates. IIIEE’s visiting faculty comes from academia, industries and international organizations in Sweden, Australia, Belarus, the Netherlands, the USA and other countries.
  • The University of Manchester's Masters courses draw on a number of faculty from SEAES, the Faculty of Life Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering. The core faculty are involved in teaching Semester 3, which includes at least six senior lecturers and eleven lecturers. Visiting professors are invited from other of the University’s schools and faculties and from external organizations.
  • The University of the Aegean Department of Environmental Studies’ resident faculty includes three professors, one associate and five assistant professors and one lecturer. Other staff from the Faculty of the Environment and the Department of Geography are available to advise students on their research projects during Semester 4.
In between 2010 and 2023 during the thesis writting period in Semester 4 students could also take advantage of the faculty of Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) (USA), and the University of Saskatchewan (UoS) (Canada).

News and stories about MESPOM faculty

Up in flames by MESPOM professor Anke Schaffartzik

January 16, 2024

Anke Schaffartzik, MESPOM professor, has a background in social ecology and ecological economics, with a focus on social metabolism, that is, on the forms of resource use (extraction, imports, exports, stocks) required to reproduce a society. Much of her research has been on the role of trade in international material (and other) inequalities. Her interest revolves around how societal organization, e.g., the prevailing economic system, shapes resources use and vice versa.

Welcome, students of 2023-25!

November 8, 2023

As per tradition, we have welcomed our new students in September by hosting the annual retreat of the CEU Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy! 

This year we went to a new place, to the Nationalpark Neusiedler See – Seewinkel.

On the first day activities revolved around team building and getting to know each other, while on the second day we had our guided tour to the National Park. 

The retreat was attended by MESP, MESPOM, 1st year PhD students, faculty and staff.

"Study in Greece" interview with Prof. Petros Gaganis on MESPOM

December 30, 2021

The web portal Study in Greece, campaigning for the promotion and international visibility of Greek Universities interviewed Professor Petros Gaganis, Head of the Department of Environment of the University of the Aegean, on the 

Dr. Alexios Antypas, CEU, Expert on Environmental Politics and Governance

July 22, 2020

MESPOM is jointly operated by a consortium of 4 European and 2 North American Universities, each location presents its own unique set of learning opportunities. Dr. Alexios Antypas from Central European University discusses the opportunities MESPOM students receive in Budapest/Vienna.

Dr. Stephen Boult from the University of Manchester

MESPOM is jointly operated by a consortium of 4 European and 2 North American Universities, each location presents its own unique set of learning opportunities. This week we caught up with Dr. Stephen Boult from the University of Manchester, UK to discuss the MESPOM study program in Manchester

Faculty features: Lyuba Zarsky of MIIS, Monterey, USA

May 7, 2020

MESPOM is jointly operated by a consortium of 4 European and 2 North American Universities. In the final semester, MESPOMers can choose to do their thesis research in North America*.

Dr. Lyuba Zarsky, who is a Professor in the International Environmental Policy program at Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) shares her reflections on the MESPOM opportunities in California, USA.

The Lesvos MESPOM experience - Prof. Dr. Thanasis Kizos

January 28, 2020

MESPOM is jointly operated by a consortium of 4 European and 2 North American Universities, each location presents its own unique set of learning opportunities.

This week Prof. Dr. Thanasis Kizos from the University of the Aegean on Lesvos shares his reflections on the MESPOM experience in Greece.

Dr. Naoko Tojo from the International Institute of Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE), Sweden

January 13, 2020

MESPOM is jointly operated by a consortium of 4 European and 2 North American Universities, each location presents its own unique set of learning opportunities.

Professor Diana Ürge-Vorsatz publishes in Nature on climate change

March 14, 2018

Professor Diana Ürge-Vorsatz (CEU Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy), has recently been involved in a recent series of publications in Nature.

The first article, 'Locking in positive climate responses in cities, 'is a "call for long-term, cross-disciplinary studies to reduce carbon emissions and urban risks from global warming" and is found in Nature online.

Organic Sovereignties Struggles over Farming in an Age of Free Trade by Dr. Guntra Aistara of CEU

January 24, 2018

Dr. Guntra Aistara of the Central European University's Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy has published a book through the University of Washington Press. It will be available for purchase in April 2018. 

The book is entitled 'Organic Sovereignties: Struggles over Farming in an Age of Free Trade.

About the book:

Updated: March 30, 2023