The Urban Economics group participates in a number of study programmes and specialisations at Wageningen University & Research at the undergraduate (BSc) graduate (MSc) and PhD level.


Below you will find an overview of the courses of the Urban Economics group. By clicking on a course you will be directed to the Study Handbook.

Courses: Coordination by UEC

Courses: Contribution by UEC

  • Landscape Economics and Politics (AEP-22306)
  • Economic Analysis of Coordination (AEP-31806)
  • Economics (DEC-10306)
  • Human Geography (GEO-10306)
  • Principles of Consumer Studies (MCB-20806)
  • Applied Consumer Studies (MCB-32306)
  • Circular Economy (MST-26806)
  • Management and Economics of Health Care and Public Health (MST-32806)
  • Theorizing Consumers and Consumption: A Canon of Classics (SCH-52306)
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Techniques in the Social Sciences (YSS-20306)
  • Consumer, Technology and Innovation (YSS-31806)

BSc and MSc thesis subjects

Students from Wageningen University & Research can write their BScr or MSc thesis with the Urban Economics (UEC) chair group. Below you will find a list of staff members with their topics of expertise. If you see an interesting topic you can contact the education coordinator Jannette van Beek to make an appointment.

Eveline van Leeuwen

  • Healthy cities: are cities or its citizens less healthy?
  • Green cities: importance of green for quality of live, tourism, happiness
  • Inclusive cities: inequality, social networks and local engagement
  • Prosumers: consumers as producers of e.g. energy
  • Urban-rural interactions: how cities benefit from their hinterland and vice-versa
  • Spatial determinants of voting behaviour
  • Agent based modelling (ABM), choice experiments, (spatial) multi-criteria analysis.

Michel Handgraaf

Energy conservation/Climate change
• Individual vs. collective motivations
• Financial vs. environmental interventions
• Spillover/rebound effects
• Descriptive social norms - minority behavior
• Group decision making
• Acceptance of technological innovations
• Feedback

Ethical decision-making
• Lying
• Self-interest vs. other oriented motivations in decision-making

• Experiments (lab/field), surveys, interviews, big data

Pierre van Mouche

  • Speltheorie
  • Giffen verschijnselen
  • De rol van status
  • Coalitieformatie
  • Milieu
  • Locatieproblemen
  • Bezittingseffect
  • Block chain en bitcoins

Jannette van Beek

  • A healthy future: Effects of time orientation on eating and exercising behavior
  • Choosing now for later: How temporal distance influences food choice
  • How the ‘future = abstract association’ affects current decision-making
  • Aiming for behavior change: A construal level theory approach
  • Promoting fruit consumption or preventing snack consumption? Effects of regulatory focus on health behavior
  • Fun or useful? Choosing between hedonic and utilitarian products

Solmaria Halleck Vega

  • How do space and/or social & economic networks impact behaviour, and vice versa?

    •  Uptake of renewable energy
    •  Climate action (mitigation, adaptation strategies and policies)
    •  Socio-economic diffusion phenomena (labour market participation decisions, consumption behaviour, etc.)
  • Planetary health: Exploring links between the environment, health & wellbeing
  • Sustainable cities and communities

Education coordinator

For more information about courses or BSc and MSc theses, please contact the education coordinator Jannette van Beek