Theses and Internships Health and Society

Students from Wageningen University can write their Bachelor or Master thesis with the chairgroup Health and Society (HSO). Below you will find a list of HSO staff members with their topics of expertise. If you see a topic that you find interesting you can contact the particular staff member to make an appointment.

Important! Contact a possible HSO supervisor first before you contact external organizations.

For more information on thesis or internship topics and supervision, please contact the Thesis Coordinators.

Thesis topics by staff members:

Prof.dr. Maria Koelen

  • Understanding overweight by unravelling the interaction between individuals and their social and physical environment
  • Ageing society and health
  • Ageing in a supportive environment

Dr. Lenneke Vaandrager

  • The application of salutogenesis to work, communities and neighbourhoods: the role of learning
  • Natural outdoor environments and health: healthy urban environments, green/blue spaces and recreation, green daycare
  • Realist synthesis evaluation of the Programme “Healthy Futures Nearby: Tackling inequalitues in health”

Dr. Annemarie Wagemakers

  • (Community) health promotion (for example physical activity, reproductive and sexual health, pregnancy, nutrition)
  • Determinants of the social environment of health (for example social cohesion, empowerment, networks)
  • (Citizen) Participation and intersectional collaboration
  • Health Policy (for example Health in All Policies)
  • (Participatory) action research methods

Dr. Kirsten Verkooijen

  • Social-psychological determinants of health behaviour. For instance, the role of (self- or social) identity, perceived scarcity, social norms, affect and self-regulation in physical activity and eating behaviour
  • Social-psychological outcomes of health behaviour. For instance, the impact of physical activity on wellbeing, emotional or cognitive skills
  • Socially vulnerable people (e.g., low SES) and physical activity and/or dietary behaviour
  • Interactions between health behaviours

    Dr. Laura Bouwman

    • Identification of life-experiences which contribute to people's ability to eat healthfully
    • Identify how everyday activities and ambitions (eg. child rearing, working, sports) are connected to the ambition to eat healthfully
    • How can efforts to improve the quality of nutritional intake in developing countries (nutrition promotion) be aligned with efforts to increase food production in those countries(agricultural extension)  

    Ir. Carlijn Wentink

    • Health development in interaction between humans and their natural and built environment (e.g. city planning, healthy building constructions, healthy architecture, green space, Blue Zones)
    • Understanding experiences of health & wellbeing
      related to space/the environment (e.g. health promoting landscapes)
    • Environmental justice
    • Air quality perception & health, AQ related behaviours
    • Social determinants of global environmental health issues

    Franshelis Garcia

    • Psychological interventions for persons with chronic conditions or medically unexplained symptoms
    • Explaining & changing health behaviours
    • Implementing social media in health promotion