BSc thesis topics Knowledge, Technology and Innovation Group

If you need some inspiration for a Bachelor thesis topic, check the bullits below.

  • Have a look at the available thesis topics of our staff members below
  • Attend KTI thesis colloquia of fellow students
  • Visit the research page to see the research interests of the chairgroup
  • Visit the pages of the individual staff members to see their research interest
  • Have a look at the list of previous KTI thesis topics


It is advised, to choose a topic that is close to the research being carried out by the chairgroup, in order to ensure proper supervision and guidance.

As soon as you have made up your mind contact the KTI thesis coordinator Mieke Muijres.

After discussing the possible topic(s) and the courses you have followed, she may direct you to a possible supervisor for your thesis within the KTI group.

Here you find the list of available topics. Over time this list will change as opportunities are taken by fellow students or new opportunities arise. Please check availability with the concerning contact person.
Below you find a list with Bachelor thesis topics organized by domain. If you can't find a topic you are interested in or you have have your own ideas for a topic, please consult one of the lectures.

BSc thesis topics by staff member

Conny Almekinders

Fields of interest

  • Social organisation of agricultural-technological innovations (e.g. plants, agriculture, seeds)
  • Participation processes, social differentiation
  • Local / scientific knowledge
  • Rural development

Current thesis topics

  • The impact of ICT-interventions on the use of agricultural technology (27-03-2013)
    We look for a BSc or MSc student who would do a literature scan and study on the impact of ICT-interventions on the use of agricultural technology and marketing practices of smallholder farmers. (read more)

  • The impact of ICT-interventions on the use of agricultural technology (27-03-2013)
    We look for a BSc or MSc student who would do a literature scan and study on the impact of ICT-interventions on the use of agricultural technology and marketing practices of smallholder farmers. (read more)

  • The impact of ICT-interventions on the use of agricultural technology (27-03-2013)
    We look for a BSc or MSc student who would do a literature scan and study on the impact of ICT-interventions on the use of agricultural technology and marketing practices of smallholder farmers. (read more)

Kees Jansen

Fields of interest

  • Agriculture and food technology in relation to development issues (with a focus on Latin America)
  • Social (in)justice
  • Regulation of pesticides (practices, international agreements, etc)
  • Political ecology

Laurens Klerkx

Fields of interest

  • Knowledge and innovation systems
  • Multi-stakeholder interaction and innovation, and the role of intermediaries / facilitators
  • Role distribution in innovation processes and innovation systems

Cees Leeuwis

Fields of interest

  • Sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, poverty related diseases
  • Inclusive innovation and communication
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to developing effective socio-technical innovations
  • Innovation platforms and research for development processes
  • The functioning of innovation support systems and the role of research, extension and brokers therein
  • Institutional experimentation and change
  • Monitoring and evaluation of innovation systems and processes

Current thesis topic

  • Index for innovation capacity
    We are looking for someone who can help to develop an index for ‘capacity to innovate’ at the level of a district or value chain. Several indexes exist, but they are all at national level. It would involve literature study around existing indexes, and translating these towards more local level situations. This could be a Bachelor thesis or an Internship project.

Rico Lie

Fields of interest

  • International communication, globalization and culture
  • Information society and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)
  • Theories of development communication and alternative media
  • Intercultural communication and identities
  • General communication studies
  • Cultural studies, media studies and social anthropology
  • Tourism studies
  • Qualitative social science research (e.g. participant observation and qualitative content analysis)

Harro Maat

Fields of interest

  • Environment, technology and democracy
  • Vulnerability and climate mitigation
  • Flood risks
  • Farmers’ perspectives on Climate-Smart Agriculture
  • History of colonial science and technologya
  • Food and health
  • Poverty-related diseases

Barbara van Mierlo

Fields of interest

  • Niche development and system innovation with regard to sustainability
  • Learning
  • Communication in the Dutch environmental policy
  • Interaction between actors / platforms during transitions
  • Monitoring and evaluation

Annemarie van Paassen

Fields of interest

  • Learning and negotiation processes in natural resource management in developing countries (e.g. Africa and Asia)
  • Knowledge management and learning networks
  • Role of computer models and modelling for learning

Phil MacNaghten

Sietze Vellema

Fields of interest

  • Market arrangements and innovation management in the fields of food and bio-based products, with a focus on the institutional dynamics of innovation and technology development.
  • Agribusiness organisation, in particular management of contract farming in Southeast Asia.
  • Business and society, with a special interest in the capacity of companies or supply chains to include public interests or concerns in their strategies.
  • Governance and accountability in the agribusiness and food industry, with a special interest in the implementation of codes and standards in cross-border supply chains.
  • Role of the public sector in managing and governing cross-border commercial transactions.