I am Kaja and, before joining the MESPOM programme, I had studied Liberal Arts and Sciences with a Major in Earth and Environmental Sciences in Freiburg, Germany. When studying abroad in Budapest during my undergraduate, I ran into some MESPOM students who had just started their studies at CEU. I was fascinated by that diverse, open and friendly group. Everyone I spoke to had interesting and yet different background and a lot of captivating stories to tell. When it was my time to apply for a Master programme, I remembered these people and their stories, and tried my luck.
Year 1 Spring (Aegean)
Birdsmonitoring, Ecosystems Management course (Spring, UAegean. Lesvos)
April 6 – July 3 in 2020
(including 2 weeks of Easter Holidays April 13-26)
April 5 - July 9 in 2021
(including 2 weeks break April 26 - May 7)
April 6 - July 8 in 2022
(including 2 weeks break April 18-29)
The focus of this semester is Ecosystems’ Management, and in its core lies the following mandatory course (6 ECTS, ENVS540):
- Assessment, Modelling and Scenarios for Ecosystems Management
that examines adaptive environmental management, and in particular the cultural/social-ecological dimensions of human-nature interactions.
Students may also choose from a variety of elective courses [each carrying 2 ECTs] including courses pertaining to applied science (such as Applied Ecology; Air pollution& Climate Change; Freshwater Resources: Natural systems, Human Impact and Conservation; Aquatic Pollution and Wastewater management; Environmental Economics; and, Sustainable Tourism) as well as technical/research skills (such as Environmental Application of GIS and Research Design and Methods in Social Sciences). Besides the in-class lectures and seminars, the semester also includes fieldwork, a number of fieldtrips, and various academic and social activities.
10 credits of the following elective courses need to be selected (2021):
- Applied Ecology; Introduction to Environmental Sciences @ CEU in Fall a prerequisite (2)
- Air Pollution & Climate Change (3)
- Aquatic Pollution and Wastewater Management (2)
- Environmental Applications of GIS: Spatial Analysis and Modeling; Intro to Geospatial Analysis, Spatial Analysis with GIS @ CEU in Winter (or equivalent) a prerequisite (3)
- Freshwater Resources: Natural systems, Human Impact and Conservation (2)
- Research Design & Methods in Social Sciences; Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (I and II) @ CEU a prerequisite (3)
- Sustainable Tourism (2)
For a detailed description of the UAegean semester, please, visit the Department of Environment, University of the Aegean, website as well as the dedicated UAegean MESPOM page.
Also, have a look at some research publications resulting from previous MESPOM students’ theses with the Department of the Environment, UAegean (the student’s name appears in bold).
- Botetzagias I., Tsagkari M. & Malesios Chr. (2018) Is the ‘Troika’ bad for the environment? An analysis of EU countries'' environmental performance in times of economic downturn and austerity memoranda. Ecological Economics, 150: 34-51.
- Guerreiro S. & Botetzagias I. (2018) Empowering communities – the role of intermediary organisations in community renewable energy projects in Indonesia. Local Environment, 23(2):158-177.
- Simha Pr., Mutiara Z.Z. & Gaganis P. (2017). Vulnerability Assessment of Water Resources and Adaptive Management Approach for Lesvos Island, Greece. Sustainable Water Resources Management, 3:283-295.
- Beckham Hooff, S., Botetzagias, I. & Kizos, Ath. (2017). Seeing the Wind (Farm): Applying Q-methodology to Understand the Public’s Reception of the Visuals Around a Wind Farm Development. Environmental Communication, 11(5):700-722.
- Chandra Al. & Gaganis P. (2016), Deconstructing vulnerability and adaptation in a coastal river basin ecosystem: a participatory analysis of flood risk in Nadi, Fiji Islands. Climate and Development, 8(3): 256-269.
Detailed information about the study programme of the first two semesters is also available through the CEU course hub.
MESPOM @ UAegean News and Stories
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The arrival of MESPOM students at the University of the Aegean in Greece has become an annual tradition on the island of Lesvos. Each year since 2005, a diverse group of students from around the world have traveled to Lesvos to complete 6 weeks of coursework focused specifically on environmental issues from the unique perspective of an island ecosystem.