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 Course catalogue.

Courses: Coordination by UEC

Courses: Contribution by UEC

BSc and MSc thesis subjects

Students from Wageningen University & Research can write their BSc 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

  • Energy transition

    • What are the (changing) roles of energy communities in the energy transition?
    • What are enablers and barriers to the adoption and spread of renewable energy or energy efficiency measures?
  • Spatial econometrics; network analysis; spatial data analysis

    • Applications using spatial econometric models based on cross-sectional or panel data
    • Applications using social network analysis or spatial data analysis
  • Sustainable and resilient regions and cities

    • What are challenges and solutions for enhancing urban climate resilience?
    • How can the economic resilience of regions be evaluated and enhanced?
    • What is the impact of shocks on regional labor markets?
    • The climate crisis and inequality nexus

Robert Goedegebure

  • The role of various forms of social influences (e.g., descriptive norms, social identity, peer pressure) in decision making
  • How decision making is influenced by heuristics, and if decisions can be considered biased
  • Links between contextual factors and (consumer) inferences / choice behavior
  • Health economic evaluations of different types interventions (e.g., nutrition campaigns, new drug treatments, etc.)
  • Neuroeconomics: How do insights from brain research help us understand decisions?

Joana Wensing

Food systems transformation
• What are the places to intervene in urban food systems?
• What is the role of social tipping points?
• What is the interaction between micro-level decision-making and macro-level system transition?

Pro-environmental decision-making
• Under which circumstances do internal values/worldviews guide decision-making?
• How can pro-environmental values be activated?
• How do internal values and external conditions interact in decision-making?

• (Choice) experiments, surveys, interviews

Education coordinator

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