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

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

  • Spatial data analysis; spatial econometrics; network analysis

    • Applications using spatial econometric models based on cross-sectional or panel data
    • Technology adoption and diffusion (e.g. renewable energy); uptake of energy efficiency measures; other topics related to energy transition
    • Labor market performance; e.g. unemployment disparities (between different demographic groups and regions)
    • Impact of shocks; e.g. economic recessions (demand shocks; Covid-19 pandemic) on labor markets and/or other wellbeing indicators
    • Spatial distribution of green space; regional (neighborhood) differences; explaining differences, wellbeing, and policy considerations
  • Sustainable regions, cities and communities

    • Regional resilience; urban climate resilience; social equity in urban resilience planning
    • Climate mitigation and adaptation measures; negative externalities and conflict implications of measures
    • Urban growth: direct and indirect effects (e.g. habitat loss, food and energy consumption) on biodiversity; developed and developing countries
  • Energy transition

    • Energy poverty; energy justice and spatializing energy justice
    • Labor market dynamics
    • How can positive energy districts contribute to transitioning to a more low-carbon economy, and how to go from theory to practice?
    • Enabling factors and barriers; cross-regional comparisons (e.g. between cities, regions, countries)
  • Planetary health: Exploring links between the environment, health and wellbeing

    • Health and the energy transition in the built environment
    • The impact of improving air quality (green space, cleaner modes of transportation, etc.) on health and labor market performance

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?

Liesbeth de Schutter

  • 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?

Education coordinator

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