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
- 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)
- Behavioral & Experimental Economics (UEC-51306)
- 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
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 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
- 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?
For more information about courses or BSc and MSc theses, please contact the education coordinator Jannette van Beek.