Thesis and internship topics CHL

Students from Wageningen University can write their Bachelor or Master thesis with the chairgroup Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles (CHL)

Below you will find a list of CHL staff members with their topics of expertise. If you see a topic that you find interesting, or you have an idea about a suitable topic which fits in the CHL profile, you can contact the education coordinator (

CHL also especially welcomes those students who wish to contribute to ongoing research of staff members. Download the current vacancy list for all possibilities.

In both cases students can expect full support from supervisors. The CHL group also mediates in various internship opportunities in the Netherlands and abroad.

For more information on thesis topics and supervision contact the education coordinator: Merije van Rookhuijzen (

Download the CHL procedure guidelines, to learn more about the responsibilities of the student, CHL supervisor, CHL education coordinator, and the secretariat.

Thesis topics

Prof.dr. Emely de Vet

  • Lifestyle Medicine
  • Behaviour change interventions
  • Psychology of consumption and lifestyle
  • Nudging and spatial design
  • Social, demographic, geographic differences in consumption and lifestyle patterns
  • Social processes and healthy lifestyle (identity, social distinction, social network, social norms)
  • Food transitions, food environment & food systems in relation to consumption
  • Sustainability and health as motives for consumption and lifestyle choices
  • Relationships between lifestyle behaviors (sleep, stress, diet, exercise, alcohol) Annemien Haveman

  • Dietary patterns, dietary behaviour
  • Development, implementation and adaptation of lifestyle interventions in vulnerable groups (children, high risk groups, vulnerable elderly)
  • Process and effect evaluations of public health intervention
  • Public health epidemiology
  • For specific projects, see the website of Academic Collaborative Centre AGORA (

Ir. Carja Butijn

General topics

  • Consumer and technology from the user-perspective
  • Application of technology in daily setting at household level
  • Household production and care issues analysed by means of Practice theory
  • Durability in the context of daily care e.g. food handling, preparation and quality

Health and society

  • Inequalities in health (global), e.g.: - How can the acceptance of improved sanitary technologies in developing countries be improved?; - What are the health effects over the life course of the use of different cooking technologies?
  • Inequalities in food, e.g.: - What is the influence of cooking technologies on food security?

Consumer studies

  • Relation between food preparation and quality
  • Effects of measures towards durability and effects on health
  • Use, appropriation and appreciation of technology by users
  • Causes of change in food systems and appropriation in daily activities

Dr. Hilje van der Horst

  • Food aid (such as food banks) and food insecurity in the Global North
  • Poverty
  • Consumption and everyday life
  • Anti-consumerist movements
  • Ethical consumption practices
  • Meat consumption and protein transition
  • ADHD, patient and care-giver perspectives
  • Disability studies, e.g. disability and empowerment
  • Intersections of consumption and care, e.g. lunch boxes
  • Migration and ethnicity, e.g. ethnic food, health
  • Critical public health approaches
  • Sociology of emotions

    Dr. Hester Moerbeek

    • The difference between siblings (either between brothers and sisters, or first child; second child and so on) in care for the parents during old age.
    • Do parents provide their children with equal chances on things like: education; music lessons; sport lessons; tutoring or other extracurricular activities (in short: cultural capital)?
    • Political consumption: topics related to how people express their (political) thoughts and beliefs through their consumption patterns. For instance vegetarians or vegans.
    • Social capital

        Dr. Chizu Sato

        • Sustainable consumption, degrowth, and well-being
        • Community economies (e.g., how informal elderly care or food sharing is organized by a community/community-based organization)
        • Consumption as development
        • Gender and consumption
        • The use of art-based methods to enable healthy lifestyle, degrowth, and transform inequality
        • Gender, media representations and health
        • Transnational care

        Dr. Jantien van Berkel

        • (Worksite) health promotion
        • Poverty, debt and financial stress
        • Integrated approaches of health and well-being
        • Social inequalities
        • Work and income in relation to well-being

          Dr. Maartje Bulkens

          • Processes of policymaking on and in healthcare
          • The relation between the environment/nature and health
          • Psychiatry and daily life
          • Topics covering alternative medicine and therapies
          • Topics related to palliative care
          • Consumption and governance
          • Consumption as leisure or tourist practices
          • Participatory practices of consumption

          Dr. Laura Winkens

          • Influence of tempting food environments (obesogenic environment) on food intake, e.g. relation of fastfood restaurants at schools and consumption behavior of children
          • Changing individual or contextual characteristics to make people less susceptible to food-related influences from the environment (e.g. normative cues or resisting temptations through increased mindful eating)
          • Lifestyle interventions (for depression, cognitive decline, overweight etc.), also new technologies (e.g. location-based communication to follow and prompt people in real-life situations)
          • Electronic self-regulation as an instrument for obesity management among children

          Dr. Monique Simons

          • Persuasive technologies for healthy lifestyle promotion, e.g. serious games, gamification, playful interactions, wearables, mHealth
          • Context-aware healthy lifestyle interventions, e.g. location-based games, beacons
          • Gamifying Urban Health: interactions between (Game) Technologies, Public Spaces and Health behaviours
          • Just-in-Time Adaptive Interventions: providing the ‘right’ type of health behaviour support, at the ‘right’ moments
          • Data Science for healthy lifestyle promotion, e.g. data-driven interventions, reinforcement learning for adaptively personalization  
          • Health behaviour change maintenance

          Dr. Jonas House

          • Novel foods and public health
          • Novel foods and food security
          • Changing social practices and public tastes
          • Consumption of ‘superfoods’
          • Meat consumption and meat alternatives
          • The rise of ‘flexitarianism’
          • Vegetarian or vegan diets

            Dr. Ayla Schwarz

            • Serious games for healthy lifestyle promotion (physical activity, sedentary behavior, nutrition)
            • Engagement in (serious) games and apps
            • Narratives in health promotion, e.g. in serious games
            • Lifestyle interventions, including technology (apps, games, sensors, smart garments)

                Dr. Maartje Poelman

                • Food environments and food policy
                • Food purchase settings (e.g. supermarkets)
                • Behavior change strategies
                • Explanations for socio-economic inequalities in diet/ eating behaviour
                • Interventions to promote healthy food consumption