Master thesis KTI

A Master thesis with the Knowledge, Technology and Innovation (KTI) group allows you to become an expert in a specific area of the innovation and communication arena that is closely linked to your personal interest and future career. Under close supervision of a staff member you will thoroughly engage in a full research cycle.

Selecting of a topic

The first step in working on a Master thesis is the selection of a topic. You can either develop your own thesis topic or select an available thesis topic. It is advised, to choose a topic that is close to the research being carried out by the chair group, in order to ensure proper supervision and guidance. Please note that your supervisor must always approve the topic of your thesis.

If you need some inspiration, here are some options:

  • Check the available thesis topics below
  • Have a look at the fields of interest of our staff below
  • Have a look at the list of previous thesis topics
  • Attend thesis colloquia of fellow students

Be sure to read the MSc thesis documents (contract and manual) required for the Master Thesis.

Thesis ring

CPT organises thesis rings for master students. You can find more information by clicking on MSc thesis ring in the submenu on the righthand side.


As soon as you have made up your mind, or if you need any assistance, contact our thesis coordinator Joanne Leerlooijer ( After discussing the possible topic(s) and the courses you have followed, she may direct you to a possible supervisor for your thesis.

Available thesis topics

Fields of interest of our staff

Conny Almekinders

Participatory technology development
Seed systems
Interdisciplinary and action research
Rural innovation

Birgit Boogaard

African philosophy
Agricultural development
Interdisciplinary research
Intercultural dialogue

Laurens Klerkx

Agricultural innovation systems
Boundary work and objects
Open and inclusive innovation
Food value chains
Sustainability transitions

Joanne Leerlooijer

Communication interventions
Health communication
Community interventions

Cees Leeuwis

Innovation support
Communication & change
Science-society interaction
Agriculture, health & resource management

Rico Lie

Communication for development
Intercultural communication
Audio-visual learning
Tourism and development

David Ludwig

Science and Democracy
Ethnobiology and Local Knowledge
Diversity in Science and Technology
Responsible Research and Innovation

Harro Maat

Grassroots innovation
Sustainable food production
Anthropology of skill and technique
Global Health, One Health, Community Health

Philip Macnaghten

Responsible innovation
Critical policy engagement
Sociology of environment
Deliberative methodology
Governance of science and technology

Barbara van Mierlo

Learning in innovation networks
Sustainability transitions in agriculture and energy
Reflexive monitoring
Innovation management

Annemarie van Paassen

Communication and innovation dynamics
Partnership for inclusive development
Transdisciplinary research
ICT and rural development
Social learning for natural resource management

Sietze Vellema

Value chains and partnerships
Trade and collectivity
Coordination and improvisation
Interdisciplinarity and practice