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
- Microeconomics and Behaviour (UEC-10406)
- Economics of Health and Care (UEC-11806)
- Economics of Consumption, Welfare and Society (UEC-22306)
- Spatial and Regional Economics (UEC-22806)
- Human Decision Making (UEC-31306)
- Economics and Governance of Energy Transitions (UEC-31806)
- Advanced Microeconomics (UEC-51806)
- Urban Economics and Analysis (UEC-52306)
- Game Theory (UEC-52803)
Courses: Contribution by UEC
- Landscape Economics and Politics (AEP-22306)
- Circular Economy (BMO-26806)
- Management and Economics of Health Care and Public Health (BMO-32806)
- Economics (DEC-10306)
- Human Geography (GEO-10306)
- Principles of Consumer Studies (MCB-20806)
- Applied Consumer Studies (MCB-32306)
- Quantitative and Qualitative Research Techniques in the Social Sciences (YSS-20306)
- Consumer, Technology and Innovation (YSS-31806)
- Advanced Consumer Studies (YSS-33306)
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.
- 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.
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
• Self-interest vs. other oriented motivations in decision-making
• Experiments (lab/field), surveys, interviews, big data
- Giffen verschijnselen
- De rol van status
- Block chain en bitcoins
- 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
- Energy communities
- Energy justice
- Adoption and diffusion of renewable energy and/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 network analysis or spatial data analysis
Resilient regions and cities
- Urban and regional economic and climate resilience
- Climate crisis and inequality interlinkages
- Regional labor markets
- Regional development and policy
- 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?
- Food systems: What are the social, economic and environmental impacts of urban food systems?
- Sustainable consumption: Cities are consumption hotspots – how can they contribute to sustainable development from a consumption perspective?
- Environmental inequality: Are vulnerable social groups more affected by environmental pollution?
- Bioeconomy: Identification of urban-rural cooperations to increase renewable resource use and/or reduce GHG emissions
- Urban commoning: What are alternative urban provisioning systems and how are they governed?
- Social tipping points
- Complex systems and sustainability
- Water-energy-food nexus
- Climate-smart cities
- Urban socio-ecological systems
- Agent-based models
- Diffusion of innovations
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?
• 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
For more information about courses or BSc and MSc theses, please contact the education coordinator Jannette van Beek.