Master Thesis Supervision

 

The Transition Academy offers Master students from various disciplines and universities the opportunity to write their theses on transition and/or sustainability related themes under supervision of one of our researchers.

 

If you have a topic in mind and are interested in writing your thesis under the supervision of one of our researchers, you can get in touch with Marijke de Pous via depous@drift.eur.nl. Please take a look at the profiles of our researchers and research projects before you do so, to get an idea of who and/or which research project might be the best match for you own research interests.

 

Please take note that the following terms will apply for master thesis supervision

 

  • We provide thesis supervision on condition that the DRIFT supervisor is formally acknowledged as a (second) supervisor.
  • Knowledge sharing. We ask the graduating student t0 (1) write a blog on their thesis to publish on the DRIFT/TAC websites; and (2) present their research during one of DRIFTs weekly knowledge sessions and/or to people involved with a potential casestudy
  • when applicable: involvement of DRIFT supervisor as a co-author in the event of a scientific publication based on the thesis.

 

Below you can see an overview of the current and completed thesis that are of have been written under the supervision of TAC and DRIFT

 

2016

Jesse Renema, 2016 The Matryoshka doll principle of co-production: The interaction between science & politics in the EU’s knowledge politics on
social innovation and TRANSIT

Internship Supervisor DRIFT/ Transition Academy: Dr. Flor Avelino
Supervisor at University of Maastricht: Dr. Vincent Lagendijk

 

2015

McFarland, Keighley, 2015, Social innovation for transitions in food: the potential of new alternative food network models in Germany and the Netherlands
Supervisor Transition Academy: Julia Wittmayer, Msc
Supervisor at Humboldt University of Berlin: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Bokelmann

 

Bernadette Kirner, 2015 “Coworking spaces and beyond: Exploring the transformative potential of coworking spaces – the case of the ‘Grünhof’ in Freiburg”
Master of Science Thesis Freiburg University, Germany.
Supervisors/ examinors from TAC/DRIFT: Dr. Flor Avelino & Prof. Dr. Derk Loorbach
Supervisor from Freiburg University: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schraml

 

Silvana Lefel MSc Thesis “The transition management cycle of the Rotterdam building sector”
Master Program: Global Business and Stakeholder Management
Principal Supervisor: Amanda Williams (RSM, EUR), Secondary Supervisor: Niki Frantzeskaki (DRIFT, EUR)

 

2014

Rach, Sarah (2014) Zelforganisatie en de institutionele omgeving. Wederzijdse beïnvloeding van een maatschappelijk initiatief en de participatiesamenleving in de casus Hart voor Carnisse.
Master of Science Thesis: Public Administrations (Governance and Management of Complex Systems)
Supervisor from DRIFT: J.M. Wittmayer MSc
Supervisor Erasmus University: Dr.ir. J. Eshuis and Prof.dr. J. Edelenbos

 

Maschmeyer, Steffen, 2014, Transition initiatives in perspective: Are urban agriculture initiatives modernize environmental practice in cities? The case of Freiburg, Germany.
Master of Science Thesis, DRIFT and Freiburg University, Germany.
Supervisors from TAC: Dr. Niki Frantzeskaki & Dr. Jan Rotmans
Supervisor from Freiburg University: Dr. Philip Spaeth

 

Wahl, Darin, 2014, Exploring pathways to transformations in post-disaster-event communities:  A case study on the Mad River Valley, Vermont, USA
Supervisor from TAC: Dr. Niki Frantzeskaki
Supervisor from Stockholm Resilience Center: Dr. Per Olsson

 

2013

Silvestri, Giorgia, 2013, Urban Agriculture initiatives as transition niches for a resilient Milan, Italy.
Master of Science Thesis, DRIFT and Pisa University, Italy.
Supervisor from TAC: Dr. Niki Frantzeskaki

 

Agana Mmah, Eva, 2013, Understanding the Transition in the Water and Sanitation Sector of Northern Ghana; the contribution of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). 
Master of Science Thesis, DRIFT and IHS (both) at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Supervisor from DRIFT: Dr. Niki Frantzeskaki

 

Getnet, Antenh, 2013, Enablers of a socio-technical transition towards Smart Urban Mobility System in rapidly urbanizing cities in developing countries – the case of Bangalore and Jakarta.
Master of Science Thesis, DRIFT and Utrecht University.
Supervisor from DRIFT: Dr. Niki Frantzeskaki
Supervisor from Utrecht University: Dr. Wina Graus

 

Bacco-Geldof, Diane, 2013,  De Impact van Sociale Innovatie. Casus Veerkracht-Carnisse. Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam.
Master of Science Thesis, Erasmus University and DRIFT
Supervisor from DRIFT: Julia Wittmayer

Supervisor from Erasmus University: Prof. Dr. J. Braster

 

Rebmann, Lea, 2013,  The role of brokers for the success of learning processes in transition experiments. Utrecht University.
Master of Science Thesis, Utrecht University and DRIFT
Supervisor from DRIFT: Frank van Steenbergen

Supervisor from Utrecht University: xxx

 

Winterwerp, Rosanne, 2013,  Duurzaamheid in context Hoe krijgt duurzaamheid invulling in wijkgerichte projecten? Utrecht Universiteit.
Master of Science Thesis, Utrecht University and DRIFT
Supervisor from DRIFT: Julia Wittmayer

Supervisor from Utrecht University: Dr. Ludwien Meeuwesen

 

Hölscher, Katharina, 2013,   Seeds of Change? Evaluating the transition arena for urban climate governance in Ghent and Ludwigsburg
Master of Science Thesis, Utrecht University and DRIFT
Supervisor from DRIFT: Chris Roorda

Supervisor from Utrecht University: Dr. Mendel Giezen

 

Buchel Sophie, 2013, User perception of ecosystem services in urban parks in Rotterdam, Translating ecosystem services for citizens and identifying park perception profiles using Q methodology.
Master of Science Thesis, DRIFT and Wageningen University.
Supervisor from DRIFT: Dr. Niki Frantzeskaki
Supervisor from Wageningen University: Prof. Kris van Koppen

 

Follow up publication from the thesis: 

– Buchel, S., and Frantzeskaki, (2015), Citizens’ voice: A case study about perceived ecosystem services by urban park users in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Ecosystem Services, 12, 169-177 (doi:10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.11.014).

 

2012

Wijsman, Katinka, 2012, Making Sense of Cityscapes –Ecosystem and Metabolism Metaphors in Grasping the City.
Master of Science Thesis, DRIFT, TU Delft and Leiden University.
Supervisor from DRIFT: Dr. Derk Loorbach
Supervisor from TU Delft: Dr. Ellen van Buuren

 

Bosman, Rick, 2012, Energy Transition in the Netherlands: Storylines from regime actors.
Master thesis, Freiburg University and DRIFT.
Supervisor from DRIFT: Prof. Dr. Ir. Jan Rotmans, Dr. Derk Loorbach
Supervisor from Freiburg Univertsity: Dr. Till Pistorius

 

De Haan, Caroline, 2012,   Hoe werkt transitie management op wijkniveau? De wijkarena Oud-Charlois beschreven vanuit participatieve governance.
Master of Science Thesis, Wageningen University and DRIFT
Supervisor from DRIFT: Frank van Steenbergen, Julia Wittmayer

Supervisor from Wageningen University: Dr. Ir. Laurens Klerkx

 

2011

Maas, Suzanne, 2011, Making sense of complex systems, A systems analysis methodology for Urban Transition Management: the case of Ghent and its climate ambitions, DRIFT, Wageningen University.
Supervisor from DRIFT: Dr. Niki Frantzeskaki
Supervisor from Wageningen University: Dr. Karen Fortuin

 

2010

Simanjuntak, Imelda, 2010, Flood defense policy implementation in Jakarta, Indonesia, DRIFT and TU Delft.
Supervisor from DRIFT: Dr. Niki Frantzeskaki

 

Follow-up publication relating to this master thesis research:
Simanjuntak, I., Frantzeskaki, N., Enserink, B., and Ravesteijn, W., (2012), Evaluating Jakarta’s Flood Defense Governance: the impact of political and institutional reforms, Water Policy, 14, pp.561-580.