Bachelor’s degree students interested in our research areas are invited to write their bachelor’s thesis on a current topic in the field of ecological economics. For an overview of the Institute’s research areas, please click here.
There are three requirements for writing a bachelor’s thesis at the Institute for Ecological Economics:
First, successful completion of the course “Grundlagen wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens” (GWA, Academic Research Techniques).
Second, successful completion of at least one of the two ZuWi (Future-Oriented Business) courses and one of the two courses from the elective module “Umwelt und Wirtschaft” (Environmental Economics).
Third, the topic of the bachelor’s thesis has to relate to one of the Institute’s current research areas.
If a student fulfills all of the three requirements mentioned above, he or she may submit a research proposal to the Institute’s bachelor’s theses coordinator, Michael Soder. The proposal should be 3-5 pages long and cover the following elements:
Suggested paper outline
The research proposal has to be submitted via email to Michael Soder. Once the research proposal is accepted by the coordinator, the student will be allocated to a supervisor. Acceptance and allocation also depend on the free capacities of the available supervisors.
Bachelor’s theses may be written in English or German.
General information on writing bachelor’s theses at WU can be found here.
For further information about bachelor programs at WU, please visit the WU bachelor’s programs info page.
food & sustainability (environmental and social impacts of food, international trade, innovative food initiatives, etc.)
Energy & sustainability (renewable energy, climate change, etc.)
Work in a sustainable economy
Sustainable behaviours, incl. pioneers of change, tipping points
Climate Finance (climate financial risk; green central banking; green bonds, development banks; stranded assets; North-South climate finance)
Growth and resource theory
Climate economic modelling
Ecological macroeconomic modelling
Debt deflation / balance sheet recessions / sectoral indebtness
Citation networks in economics
The pluralism debate in the German speaking world
Climate change impact on the growth-finance-inequality nexus
Indicators of financial portfolios’ exposure to carbon stranded assets
Alignment of investments’ flows to the 1.5 degrees target and the Sustainable Development Goals
Stock-Flow Consistent macroecological models
Climate stress test of the financial system and macro-financial networks
Climate change adaptation through the food-water-energy nexus
Sustainability and transformational learning/education
Smart cities topics
Sustainability driven entrepreneurship
Resilience, change and adaption
How do we see the farm? (WS 2016, international research cooperation with NL and HU)
Policies affecting food consumption in western societies
Participative management of common pool resources
Social networks in agricultureEnvironmental inequality
The pluralism debate in the German speaking World
Environmental effects of working time reductions
Industrial Relations and climate policy
Working time policies in Austria
Employment effects of working time reductions
Measuring environmental policy stringency within and across countries
Determinants of consumerism
You can find more information about the issues here.