In Semester 4 (February-June of the 2nd academic year), MESPOM students conduct their Masters thesis research projects. Thesis research can be hosted by any of the four MESPOM Consortium partners and often involves internships with academic, government or industrial organizations.
Javier Espárrago Llorca '14 (Spain) conducting his thesis research on prairie ecosystems at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.
Semester 4 dates
MESPOM has a unified thesis semester period of February 1-June 30, but the semester periods at partner institutions may differ from this:
Lund: 20th January - 8th June in 2025
Manchester: 29th January - 7th June in 2024
Thesis defenses take place in Vienna on the week preceeding CEU Graduation Ceremony:
June 20-21 in 2023 (CEU Graduation June 23)
Nine Master candidates in batch 9 blogged about their adventures during semester 4, February to June 2015. You can view their adventures here.
To view or download the full-text versions of MESPOM master theses click the links below according to the graduation year: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019; 2018; 2017; 2016; 2015; 2014; 2013; 2012; 2011; 2010; 2009; 2008; 2007
MESPOM Theses: news and stories
In 2019, I discovered a MOOC course offered by Lund University on Greening Cities that introduced me to the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) and MESPOM.
The role of natural organic matter in controlling the behavior of iron in natural waters at Manchester – thesis topic of Kollie, batch 15 Manchester track student
Hello, can you introduce yourself?
Hello, my name is Kollie Tokpah, and I am from Liberia. I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Cuttington University. I had the opportunity to work in quality management, but also environmental-related issues that arise in the manufacturing industry.
The role of social media sustainability influencers - thesis topic of Gara, batch 15 Lund track student
During this second semester, 2nd year MESPOM students are working on their thesis research. This week, Gara, batch 15 Lund-track, told us about her extremely relevant and novel thesis topic!
Hi! My name is Gara and this is my MESPOM story.
Moving to Manchester and the beginning of the semester…
MESPOM students have to do a mandatory summer internship component between the 1st and 2nd years, which is aimed at enhancing their professional development. Current 2nd year student Tabby Njung’e from Kenya reflects on her MESPOM internship experience
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*.
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.
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.
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