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Bach­elor’s Thesis

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.

Re­search Pro­posal

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, Si­mon Sturn. The pro­posal should be 3-5 pages long and cover the fol­low­ing ele­ments:

  • Work­ing title

  • The­or­et­ical frame­work

  • Re­search ques­tion

  • Re­search design

  • Sug­ges­ted pa­per out­line

  • Bib­li­o­graphy

The re­search pro­posal has to be sub­mit­ted via email to Si­mon Sturn. 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.

Cur­rent bach­elor’s de­gree courses

Sug­ges­ted Sub­jects

Prof. Dr. Sigrid Stagl, MS.   

  • 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

Dr. Emanuele Cam­piglio

  • 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

Irene Monas­ter­olo, Ph.D.

  • 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

Dr. Chris­tian Ram­mel  

  • Sus­tain­ab­il­ity and trans­form­a­tional learn­ing/edu­ca­tion   

  • Smart cit­ies top­ics   

  • Sus­tain­ab­il­ity driven en­tre­pren­eur­ship   

  • Re­si­li­ence, change and ad­ap­tion

Lies­beth de Schut­ter, Dipl.-Ing.

  • 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

Si­mon Sturn, MSc.

  • 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.

Barbara GAAL
Barbara GAAL

Secretary Office