Environmental Policy

In this thesis track, offered by the Environmental Policy Group (ENP), you contribute to sustainable development by developing the theoretical and empirical tools to analyse, evaluate and (help) design democratic processes of environmental reform from the local up to the global level.

More about the thesis track

Analysing and designing (new) arrangements for urban environmental governance and management is at the center of the thesis track Environmental Policy which is built around three core themes:

  • Sustainable Consumption and Production
  • Sustainable Natural Resource Use
  • Global Environmental Change

The aim of the thesis is to gain academic skills in analysing and evaluating urban environmental governance in one or more of the following aspects:

  • Industrial development and environmental management in industry;
  • Infrastructure management and innovation (related to drinking water, waste water, energy, transport or solid waste),
  • Sustainable building and living
  • Governance for sustainable cities and city networks  

In addition to the listed themes, thesis subjects proposed by students themselves are very much appreciated.


When analysing and designing (new) arrangements, we draw especially on sociology and on political sciences. Being social scientific in nature, the research program contains many projects that are conducted on a multidisciplinary basis, making use of the high quality technical and natural science expertise available in the Environmental Policy Group.


The thesis track Environmental Policy of the programme Urban Environmental Management looks for answers to the following questions:

  • What are the basic characteristics of environmental science and urban technology and what can be concluded with respect to their roles in bringing about transitions towards more sustainable cities and patterns of production and consumption?
  • In what ways can environmental guidelines for urban production and consumption become institutionalised in the (international) policy networks?
  • How can urban governance and policy-making for sustainable development be evaluated, adapted and transformed in order to meet the requirements of globalization?
  • In what ways do social groups – i.e. groups of citizen-consumers or environmental NGO’s – (fail to) confront the environmental and health risks implied in modern life?
  • What policy arrangements are most suitable to help adopting an environmental perspective within everyday life?

Students can learn more about the education and research related to this discipline by visiting the website of the Environmental Policy Group.

The following courses are part of the programme Urban Environmental Management when selecting the thesis track Environmental Policy. The listed courses include the compulsory and restricted optional subjects specific for this thesis track and those that belong to the common part of the programme. Also, there is room for optional subjects which you may use to broaden your scope or to deepen your specialisation. For more information visit the study handbook or contact the study adviser.

The common part
Subject Code Period* Phase
Compulsory subject unless advised otherwise
Principles of Urban Environmental Management ETE-22806 1 AF M1
Research Methods in Environmental Science YRM-20306 1, 2 MO M1
Academic Master Cluster (AMC): select one out of these two courses**
European Workshop Environmental Sciences and Management ESA-60312 6 WD M1
Academic Consultancy Training and Modular Skills Training (MOS) YMC-60809 / YMC-60303 1WD, 2WD, 3WD+4WD, 5WD,6WD M1
Urban courses: select (at least) one
Planning for Urban Quality of Life LUP-23806 2 AF M1
Managing Urban Environmental Infrastructure ETE-32806 5 MO M1
Planning and Design of Urban Space ETE-33806 5 AF M1
Thesis track-related subject
Subject Code Period Phase
Restricted optional: select (at least) two
Environmental Management and Industry ENP-20806 1 MO M1
Sustainable Technology Development and Sustainable Technology Development: Design Assignment ENP-37803+ ENP-38303 4 WD M1
Advanced Environmental Economics and Policy ENP-32306 5 AF M1
Governance for Sustainable Cities ENP-36806 3 WD M1
MSc Thesis Environmental Policy ENP-80436 1,2,3,4,5,6 M2
MSc Internship Environmental Policy ENP-70424 1,2,3,4,5,6 M2
*MO = morning; AF = afternoon; WD = whole day
**The restricted optional subjects have to be selected in consultation with the study adviser.
This course overview is based on the Wageningen University study handbook. The study handbook is guiding in case of any discrepancy.

Below you can see how your schedule may look like:

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