News from Students –
The MSc in Environment & Development , London School of Economics
first students to enroll on the MSc in Environment and Development, taught between the
Department of Geography and Environment and the Development Studies Institute,
arrived at the LSE arrived in September 1999. The core courses were taught by
Eric Neumayer and Simon Batterbury. The second group
(2000-2001) had a slightly amended range of course options, and Réne Véron joined us in teaching.
Seventeen students took the MSc in 2001-2002 as Tim
Forsyth took over administration of the course from the DESTIN side, and there
were more in 2002-2003. The course has continued ever since, still run
primarily from Geog&Envt. I have included some 'honorary' participants that
took the classes.
you are not listed here, that is because we have not heard from you – please
send news to Simon Batterbury and
I will update. Best wishes to all.
News from lecturers
Simon Batterbury (lecturer, DESTIN 1999-2001) exchanged a temporary
lecturing job at DESTIN for a more permanent one in Geography at the University of Arizona
in Tucson, near
the Mexican border, in August 2001. He was a visiting research fellow at DESTIN
for a couple of years and also worked as a visiting prof.
at Roskilde University, Denmark in fall 2002. He and Judy
married in June 2002 and their already well-travelled
son James was born in May 2003 (against the medical odds). In July 2004 he
fulfilled a long term ambition and moving to Australia,
to a permanent job at the University
of Melbourne. He is on
sabbatical at Oxford,
Jul-Dec 2007. simonpjb@ unimelb.edu.au
Tim Forsyth (lecturer, now reader,
DESTIN, Geography & Environment) published Critical Political Ecology (Routledge),
the Routledge Encyclopedia of International Development and a new book
in 2008. He teaches dv413 since moving across to DESTIN, and has ongoing
research in Asia on environmental governance
and a range of other issues.
Neumayer (Geography & Environment 1998-). He was awarded a prestigious Leverhulme fellowship and was recently promoted to
Réne Véron (lecturer, DESTIN
2000-2001) continued work in West Bengal, India. He is working on several
new articles and has published a book with Stuart Corbridge
and others about governance in Bihar and West Bengal.
In January 2002 he relocated with his wife to Canada,
where his son was born, and started a permanent post as associate professor at Guelph University
near Toronto in
August 2002. email@example.com
DESTIN has expanded rapidly. I am not in
touch much anymore, but I believe the MSc is now
flourishing and has expanded its numbers. There have
been staff movements between Geography & Environment and DESTIN –Stuart Corbridge and Tim Forsyth moved across to DESTIN.
Here is some additional alumni information collected by Eric.
News from Graduates See www.facebook.com
where the 1999-2000 group now have a Facebook page
Chris Ackon (MSc, 2001) was in London.
Chris Allan (MSc,
2000) is at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the British Government, in
its Environment Policy Department. Chris was fprmerly
posted to the British Embassy in Tokyo
to work on environmental and trade issues. chrisallan70 @hotmail.com
Juana Alvarez-Arenas (MSc 2000) worked for UNIDO (United
Nations Industrial Development Organization) in their Vienna,
Austria office, and
coordinated preparatory activities for the Summit
on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg,
2002. She visited Rio, Brazil in association with this work, and offers
home-made Chilean food to any visitors to Vienna! Juana is now
married and has a baby. firstname.lastname@example.org
Brittany Syz (nee Appelstein) (MSc 2002) attended the Hastings
College Law School in San
from 2002-5, and is now a lawyer with Morrison Foerster
in the same city.
Alix Audibert (MSc
2000) returned to Uganda.
She is (or was in 2001) Deputy Trade Commissioner at the French Trade
Commission (DREE) in Kampala. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Piya Baptista (MSc Development Studies 2000) worked for several years with
Ashoka: Innovators for the Public in Washington DC
promoting social entrepreneurship. She then went on to work with Grassroots
Trading Network, a start-up in India
that links small enterprises to markets. Piya also
worked for the World Bank's South Asia Agriculture and Rural Development
Department in 2005-06. Since 2007 she has been working in the area of Small and
Medium Enterprise Development with the International Finance Corporation in Washington, DC.
Contact: piya_baptista @yahoo.com
and Development, 2000) is working in conservation, for a National Park in the
Amazonian region of her native Colombia.
contact via Marion Freisa.
Ujwall Batterchee (MSc
2002) is now in a PhD programme in Boston, USA.
Marianne Berends (MSc 2000) did a conversion course in Law at BPP, close to
LSE, and works at a Dutch law firm in the City. She hopes (2003) to move into
environmental law in the future. email@example.com
Seth Binder (MSc 2003) is doing a PhD on
environmental economics in F&ES, Yale
Bowles (MSc 2004) Policy Analyst with Canada's federal Department of the
Environment, in the Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch.
Brooks (MSc 2001) lives in North London and works
at the Department of Education and Skills.
He says “although education policy isn't really my field, it gives me
a chance to see how the civil service works and how policy is implemented”.
(MSc, Intl. Rels. 2002)
works for the government agency SIRESE in La
regulating public utilities, including electricity and fuels. firstname.lastname@example.org
Brown (née Yeadon) (MSc 2001) took the Masters part-time over two years. She
worked for Parsons Brinckerhoff International, a
consultancy/engineering firm, between Singapore,
Paris and London,
while her husband Ian did an MBA at INSEAD. She then moved to the JustPensions initiative http://www.justpensions.org in London
ECI, a project
managed by the UK Social Investment Forum that is concerned
with ethical investments and support for international development by pension
funds. May now be with Citigroup.
Bunsha (MSc, Development Studies, 2000) is in Bombay, working for Frontline, a Indian
national news magazine. Her award-winning articles, available online, include
work on GM seeds, violence in Gujarat, and
drought impacts. She authored Scarred:
Experiments with Violence in Gujarat (Penguin, 2006). In 2008 she is
on a journalism fellowship at Stanford
John Butcher (2001) email@example.com
Chao-Robello (MSc 2001) is in Mexico, doing environmental impact
Joshua Cheng (MSc 2000) resumed his job as a journalist in Hong Kong after graduating. He was in New York just after the attacks of September
11th 2001. firstname.lastname@example.org
Silva (MSc, Cities, Space and Society, 2001) worked
in Galapagos for his thesis, and after graduating moved to Ottawa, Canada
where he began training at the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He became
the desk officer for Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and (as of Jan 2004) was on a
three year posting as junior political officer for the Ministry in Manila,
Philippines covering a range of issues including development, environment, and
human rights. email@example.com
(MSc, 2000) worked for a year at a company developing
an 'environmental sustainability index', and later for Médecins
Sans Frontières. She was then with the Policy Studies Institute, a research
institute in London,
working on environmental risk and sustainability assessment. Now
working on climate change mitigation for UK government. Kristinadahlstrom @yahoo.com
Dahle (MSc 2000)
Worked as a commodities market analyst (carbon), did an MBA,
starting PhD. marianne.dahle-alumni@ lse.ac.uk
2002) is with UNEP's Partnership for Clean Fuels and
Bente Everts (MSc, 2000) workes with Medecins sans Frontières – first
in London and the Netherlands,
then in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, then 6 months as Administrator for a health care project in
the south east rebel controlled region of Burundi. In 2003 she moved to an
MSF sleeping sickness project in Nkayi, 200 km s/w of
Brazzaville, in Congo-Brazzaville, Central Africa. She returned from there to Europe and now
works in human resources for MSF in the Geneva
office, managing emergency teams. bente_everts @yahoo.com
Fitzgerald (MSc 2001) is working for Atkins as a
transport planner on public transport issues around London, particularly buses. firstname.lastname@example.org
Eftichia Fotopoulou (MSc 2004) is in Greece.
Freisa (Anthropology and Development, 2000) is a
doctoral student studying anthropology at EHESS, Marseilles, France.
She completed her DEA (MPhil) about a Mauritanian
refugee camp in Senegal
in 2001. email@example.com
(MSc 2002) works for Écoressources consultants in Montreal,
after advising the OECD on climate change.
Monica Grant (Anthropology and
Development, 2001) came to LSE on a 2 year Marshall
scholarship from Kentucky, and went on to complete an MSc (thesis distinction) in Demography and Health at the
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is now a research
coordinator in the policy research division of the Population Council in New York, and has
co-authored several papers on population issues in developing countries. mgrant@ popcouncil.org
Radhika Gupta (Development
Studies, 2000) worked at Winrock International India in Delhi, researching community based
initiatives in water harvesting and watershed management. In 2007 she began a
PhD at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford. rads2000 @ gmail.com
Kavita Heyn (MSc 2002) Development Officer for the UK's leading woodland conservation charity, the
Woodland Trust, UK.
Leah Hibbin (NGO Management, 2001)
has worked at CARE International, UK since 2003, on corporate social
NGOs Are by Leah Hibbin
From all four corners, near and far,
We came to learn just what NGOs are,
Of Korten's Fourth and Korten's
Of What's Best Practice and what is worst,
We learnt of BRAC and of Proshika,
And the rule of the Charismatic Leader,
From David, our guru, an NGO Star,
But we still haven't heard him play his guitar,
And Hakan, it has to be said, is just great,
His seminars always turn into debates,
And without Jane, well what would we do?
Who else can tell us what's up and what's new?!
So we've searched the texts from A to Z
In search of 'Accountability',
It still eludes us, yet still we chase
Gold medallists all in the NGO race,
And we're Learning for Leverage, we're going to go far,
But please, just don't ask us what NGOs are!
Evelina Ivanova (MSc
2000) got married after graduating, and works for her husband's family
business in the UK.
Her beautiful baby boy, Aemil, was born in 2002. firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Jones (MSc geog?) works in environmental consultancy for Hyder Consulting, Sydney,
Karst (MSc 2000) worked in Bangkok, Athens, Bulgaria,
development). From spring 2004 she has been Program Co-ordinator
for the International Coalition of
Historic Sites Museums of Conscience in New York, working on human rights and
outreach. Nanertak @hotmail.com
Shinuna Karume (MSc 2002) attended the Johannesburg Summit on Sustainable
Development in 2002 as a participant, and is now back
2000) wrote in 2001 from Arlington,
where he lives about a mile away from the Pentagon attack of Sept 11th.
He works as a government analyst for Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting)
on Connecticut Av. He wrote that “DC is an interesting place to be right
now, and has been for the past few weeks.
I never thought I'd see the day when there were
fighter jets flying patrols over the Capitol and Army in the streets
directing traffic”. email@example.com
Suzie Kocchi (MSc, 2000) is working in the Global Programs Division,
Office of Atmospheric Programs, Office of Air & Radiation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington DC.
She works on stratospheric ozone and climate issues. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Isabel Kreisler-Moreno (MSc
2001) got an internship at IIED in 2001. In 2008 she is with the Spanish branch
of Oxfam (Intermón Oxfam) in Madrid, as
researcher and policy advisor in the Departamento de Campañas y Estudios.
Marielle Leseur (MSc 2001) works in Tajikistan, first for a French
relief and development NGO, ACTED, where she was deputy coordinator for high
mountain integrated projects in the Pamirs. She is
now with the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme
(MSDSP), Aga Khan Foundation, based in Khorog. She
said the conditions are quite difficult, and the temperatures fall to minus 30°
in winter. Marielle.leseur "at" akdn.org
2002) "Greatly enjoyed" the MSc. He is
currently a PhD student and teaching assistant and in environmental policy
at Duke University (http://www.env.duke.edu/esp/phdstudents.html),
and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hedvig Ljungerud (MSc, 2000) is putting her Masters and her earlier work in
economics to good use as a policy analyst at the UK Treasury. In 2002 she
shifted to work in environmental policy... "working
with other departments on issues such as emissions trading, EU sustainable
development strategy and also on more specific areas such as chemicals and air
Lopez-Gomez (MSc, 2000) is in Spain. She first worked at a
small consultancy firm carrying out market research and analysis on
different sectors of the Portuguese economy, and since September 2001 at
IBM, providing support for its Portuguese business partners. She would
like to work in the environmental field, and sends best wishes. email@example.com
Lyrio (MSc, 2000) spent 6
months travelling around Africa and Asia before returning to Brazil and to the Federal Senate,
where he works as a legislative advisor for environmental issues. He was involved
with Brazilian participation at Rio+10. firstname.lastname@example.org
MacDermott (MSc Development
Studies 2001) had his dissertation, on livelihood conflicts and politics in Rwanda,
published as a DESTIN working paper, and a summary appears on the Environment,
Development & Conflict website. He
took a research assistantship at UNRISD, Geneva,
in March 2002. email@example.com
Mc-Carroll-Pinto-Rodrigues (MSc 2001) was temping at the Comprehensive nuclear test-ban
treaty organization in Vienna,
being winning a World Bank junior professional associateship.
She is now enjoying working for the Bank-funded Pilot Program
to Conserve the Brazilian Rain Forest and lives in Brasilia. firstname.lastname@example.org
Matteo Marchisio (MSc,
2004) Environmentally and Socially Sustainable
Development department of the World Bank, Washington
Meckling (MSc, 2004) Ph.D. student in International Relations at the
LSE, studying trategic responses of energy firms in
Europe and the United States to climate change policy.
Marta Moro Crespo (MSc 2001) works in Madrid
for NERA economic consulting, mainly on energy policy in Europe.
Got married, 2007.
Riina Biltekin (Moisander) (MSc Soc Pol & Planning In Developing
Countries, 2001) started work at the Nordic Desk of the London office of the World Bank in Feb. 2002.
She left London in 2003 and moved to Turkey
with her husband Tugrul, and worked for UNICEF on
youth and AIDS prevention. Now living in Ottawa,
Canada and had
a second son in 2006. riinabiltekin
Vikas Nath (MSc 2001) started work as a policy analyst with the Office
of Development Studies at the United Nations Development Programme
in New York.
He works mainly on global public goods, global environmental governance, and
communications technologies. He married Rati in 2002
and moved to the Geneva office of UNDP, then worked
for the South Centre, and is now with UNDP, Europe and Commonwealth of
Independent States, in Bratislava.
He updates his website at http://www.vikasnath.org/.
Caroline Neligan (MSc Development
Studies 2001) works in London
for Guidestar International, a charity that builds
data about civil society organisations. Previously she worked for One World Trust, an NGO located in the
UK Houses of Parliament. email@example.com
Rick Reidinger (MSc 2000) lives in Singapore with his family,
and since 2006 has worked for ENSR Singapore,
concentrating on materials recycling and sustainable business in Asia. rreidinger@
Richter (MSc 2002) was awarded a distinction for her
Masters. She was tragically killed in an avalanche in the Alps
in January 2003.
Philippa Roberts (MSc 2001) works for
the London Community Recycling Network.
Rodriguez (MSc 2001) is in Washington DC
working as a research associate for the World Resources Institute.
Ingunn Storrø (MSc
2001) works for Point Carbon in Oslo
(www.pointcarbon.com) which provides news,
analysis and consultancy on the carbon market . Her focus
is the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). ingunn.storro @gmail.com
Justin Sykes (MSc 2000) worked for three years at the The
Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum in London. In March 2003 he moved to Geneva to
become Project Officer for the UN Secretary General's Youth Employment Network
(a UN, ILO and World Bank joint initiative to address the global challenge of
youth unemployment), and is enjoying the city.
Sengupta (MSc 2001) is a PhD student in International Relations at Oxford, working on climate change policy. He
worked for Winrock International India as Program
Officer in their NRM division in Delhi, and then
from 2003-6, was Project Officer in the Forest Conservation Program at IUCN in Geneva. firstname.lastname@example.org
Shutes (MSc Devt.Studs. 2000) is a
research officer at COMPAS, a research programme on
migration and transnationalism at the University of Oxford.
Previously she worked in Brussels
on employment issues and at the Policy Studies Institute on employment and
governance. She completed her PhD at the LSE on refugee employment in 2007. isabel.shutes at compas.ox.ac.uk
Stoll (MSc Development Management, 2000, part-time)
applied her coursework in Environment and Development for 4 years at Pluto Press, who have their small
headquarters in north London
and publish widely in this field. From Aug 2004 she started new adventures as
translator for Babels.org at the European Social Forum, then moving to the
World Social Forum in Brazil,
and now may be travelling. email@example.com.
Carmen Treviño (MSc, 2001), returned to México after some time spent
travelling, where she worked for a large NGO, Pronatura,
until early 2002. She works as a consultant for Punto
Verde Consultores in Monterrey.
Conny Wollbrant (MSc 2004) worked in Uganda,
and is now a PhD student in economics at Göteborg University, Sweden.
Christopher Wright (MSc
2002) is doing a PhD in International Relations at LSE, on "Environmental Governance in International Banking".
c.m.wright at lse.ac.uk
Zaid (MSc 2001) is an
energy market analyst at the London
office of Williams
(a US-based gas company with a good environmental
and social record). She is researching energy developments worldwide,
particularly in North Africa and the Middle East,
and is also looking at renewable sources. She says "I think I couldn't
find a better matching of interests and skills." Nadia.Zaid@Williams.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Pedro Zapata (MSc, 2001) started work in Mexico for the environmental
ministry, on issues of transparency, public participation and governance. He
then got a 2 year position as Junior Professional Associate, at the World Bank
in Washington D.C. Now he works in the President's
Office in Mexico City, helping with the drafting,
distribution and analysis of the first MDG report for Mexico and lectures at the
Universidad Iberoamericana. (email@example.com).
2) Simon's Brunel Students –
some I supervised
Cristina Parau (MSc, Environmental Change, 2001) was a PhD student in
Government at the London School of Economics 2002-6, studying governance in Romania.
She is now British Academy postdoctoral scholar at Oxford. http://www.csls.ox.ac.uk/research_staff/cristina_parau.php
Denbigh (Honours, 1st, 1999) worked for
NGOs including Tourism Concern, the Environmental Investigation Agency, and the RSPB before moving from Sussex to Edinburgh.
She is doing a Masters by Research at the University of Edinburgh
Claire Wilton (MSc, Environmental Change, 1998) completed her MA on roads
protests, worked for the Women's Institute as a researcher, and has been a
campaigns officer at Friends of the Earth in London, UK
since at least 2000.
Danny Wootton (MSc, Environmental Change, 1997) left his City legal job
after graduating, and spent many years with Powerful Information, an
environmental consultancy and NGO concerned with environmental awareness in E
Europe and Africa, based from Milton Keynes.
Still listed as part of the NGO
Futures, which incorporates PI.
3) Melbourne Students – some
I supervised directly
Finn Cheshire (MA Devt.Studs. 2006, UN internship in Liberia). Worked as a researcher for Oxfam New Zealand. Now Policy Officer, working on environmental issues, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wellington.
Marileze Gorgens-Albino (MA Devt.Studs. 2006) is working as an HIV/AIDS consultant with
the World Bank and recently published a primer on HIV policies.
Mubarak (Hons, 1st,
Geography 2006) is a DPhil student in geography at OUCE, University of
(Clarendon Scholarship and Keble
O'Brien (Hons Geography 2006) is
Southern Otway Landcare Network Co-ordinator, VIC, Australia.
Jane Torney (Hons. Devt.Studs. 2006). Australian Youth Ambassador volunteer, Thailand (2007). MSc student Monash, & Marie Stopes International.