Master's Economics of Sustainability

In recent decades the world economy has undergone profound transitions in terms of globalisation, industrialisation, and economic development. However, major environmental problems such as climate change and biodiversity losses, threaten the global welfare. This Master program focuses on the interactions between economic actors and the natural environment.

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You are trained as a quantitative economist who is able to analyze real-world problems in food systems, natural resources and the living environment, and to provide economic solutions that promote transitions to a sustainable future. Besides a strong training in quantitative economic techniques, you are confronted with relevant economic theories at micro, behavioral, and institutional level to help you understand the nature of these problems and solutions. Topics include environmental degradation and pollution, climate change, sustainable markets, the bio-economy, and urban and rural development in light of pressing issues such as environmental tipping points, unequal access to resources, and rising inequality.

Why this programme?

  • This is an Master programme in economics that combines in depth knowledge on economic theories and state of the art quantitative methods in order to contribute to a sustainable future
  • In a world drowning in data but starving for knowledge, you will learn how to analyze and interpret different forms of data to provide evidence on pressing real-world questions
  • You will evaluate policies related to food, the environment, and economic development and how they affect different actors (e.g. firms, citizens) in different locations and sectors
  • You will learn how to apply your quantitative skills to real world problems and contribute to the finding of practical solutions
  • You are trained to collaborate effectively in an intercultural, multidisciplinary environment to use your skills as an economist to have societal impact

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Study programme of Economics of Sustainability

This is a two years programme, including a hands-on Consultancy course, an Internship and a Major thesis. If you want to know more, check the Programme of Economics of Substainability.

Application and admission

If you have a BSc in Economics or a BSs in Business or Life Sciences with a substantial economics component, you might be eligible for this master. Check Admission requirements and application procedures for more information.

Student experiences

The best way to get to know a place is by getting to know the people. Students share their experiences with you about the master's programme and student life in Wageningen on the page Student experiences.

I like studying here and the possibility they give you to choose your own path and route.
Student Marjolein

Future career

Typically graduates of the master's Economics of Sustainability end up in connecting ‘spider in a web’ roles, being able to work with people from different departments and backgrounds. As a graduate you have various career opportunities. You can, for example work in Commercial Business, NGO’s or a (semi-)Government department. Or as a researcher or teacher at a university. For some examples see Career perspectives and opportunities.


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