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 Coordination.
Thesis topics by staff members:
- Understanding overweight by unravelling the interaction between individuals and their social and physical environment
- Ageing society and health
- Ageing in a supportive environment
- The application of salutogenesis to work, communities and neighbourhoods: the role of learning
- Natural outdoor environments and health: environmental justice, healthy urban environments, green/blue spaces and recreation, green daycare
- The built environment and health: e.g. city planning & healthy architecture
- Realist synthesis evaluation of the Programme “Healthy Futures Nearby: Tackling inequalities in health”
- (Community) health promotion and socially vulnerable roups: e.g. 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 and the role of a broker
- Health Policy (e.g. Health in All Policies)
- (Participatory) action research methods
- 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
- 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)
- Psychological interventions for persons with chronic conditions or medically unexplained symptoms
- Explaining & changing health behaviours
- Implementing social media in health promotion
- Researching the social, cognitive and emotional benefits of sports participation
- Research amongst vulnerable groups including children in youth care, people from low SES groups and elderly.
- Explaining people’s capacity to cope with stressful or challenging life events (such as poverty or diseases)
- Salutogenesis in All about Health initiatives (as part of big research project 2018-2022)
- Follow up evaluation of research-policy-practice collaborations in the Academic Collaborative centres for Public Health (Academische Werkplaatsen Publieke Gezondheid)
- Urban health and planning
- Health Impact Assessment
- Intersectoral policymaking
- Collaborative networks, platforms and alliances for health
- Public health advocacy, lobbying and public affairs strategy
- Responsive evaluation of health-related social issues (financial debt, literacy, social safety, teenager and adolescent pressures and coping, etc
- Understanding (un)healthful eating from a salutogenic perspective, e.g. dieting or eating disorders
- Consumer behaviour related to healthful eating
- Explaining determinants of challenging global health concerns