Since 2015, IRI THESys has been awarding prizes for excellent Bachelor and Master theses in the field of human-environmental research for students at the Humboldt University of Berlin. The THESys Award Ceremony takes place every winter semester and sees the talented Bachelor and Masters students present their winning theses. Many of the past recipients have remained connected to IRI THESys throughout their academic careers—several even joining the THESys Graduate Program.
The submitted theses may deal with topics in the fields of sustainable land and resources use, food production and consumption, urbanization in the 21st century, climate change, energy and infrastructure research, environmental justice or planetary boundaries. Besides scientific excellence, the nominated theses are evaluated for their contribution to answering an interdisciplinary and/or transdisciplinary research question in the context of IRI THESys’ research areas. Furthermore, applications should state the potential societal impact of their work. Theses can be nominated either by the graduates themselves or the supervisors and can be written in either English or German. In each category a first prize of EUR 250 and a second prize of EUR 150 is awarded. Prizes may be used for academic books, scientific travel or the publication of the thesis.
The next application round will commence in the summer of 2021. Please check this page then to find the current call for applications. You can see all former winners here.
Call for Applications
If you are interested in submitting a theses, please apply by November 30, 2021. Please note the thesis must be handed in between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021 and must already be graded.
A complete application consists of:
- the Thesis in PDF format
- the application form completed by the student and one of the supervisors
- a copy of the degree certificate and a transcript of records which proofs that the thesis was passed, including the final grade
Please send your documents to email@example.com.
IRI THESys compliments the five winners on their outstanding work.
Alea Grote, Agricultural Economics, MSc thesis
A systems perspective on insect feed as an alternative protein resource in German animal production
Jonas Jäger, Philosophy, BA thesis
Urbaner Naturschutz – Welche Gründe sprechen für Naturschutz in Städten?
Mitja Seyffert, Integrated Natural Resource Management, MSc thesis
Exploring the Role of Local Administration in Agricultural Innovation Processes – The Case of Agroforestry in Brandenburg
Dzeneta Hodzic, MSc thesis
Tracing Renewable Energy in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Imaginaries of Europeanisation in Infrastructuring Processes of the Energy Sector
[To read Dzeneta’s work please contact her directly]
Marie Neuwald, Integrated Natural Resource Management, MSc thesis
Entwicklung von Innovationen für die extensive Bewirtschaftung von Moorstandorten. Management-Herausforderungen für beteiligte Akteure
Rebecca Geyer, Geography, BSc thesis
Ermittlung von Potentialflächen für den Wiesenschutz im Biosphärenreservat Spreewald mithilfe der Methode der Partizipativen Kartierung
Josef Kaiser, Geography, MSc thesis
Payments for Ecosystem Services as a Promising Approach for Successful Nature Conservation? Definitions, the Role of Spatial Scales and Critique: A Systematic Literature Review
Benedikt Walker, Sozialwissenschaften, MA thesis
URBANIZATION AND WIND ENERGY: The “Bernauer Erklärung” as a case study of interdependencies between urbanization and energy transition processes.
Sarah-Juliane Starre, Geography, BSc thesis
Ländliche Räume und Mobilität mit erneuerbaren Energien in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: Eine Bestands- und Potenzialanalyse zur Identifizierung von Gemeinden für Elektromobili-tät am Beispiel des Landkreises Vorpommern-Rügen
Lea Ottilie Fink, Integrated Natural Resource Management, MSc thesis
What drives firms to successfully cooperate on climate change? – an institutional analysis of the Science Based Targets initiative
Heindriken Margarete Dahlmann, Geography, BA thesis
Criticality of blue virtual water imports of agricultural products for cities. Analysis for Berlin and Amman from 1998-2002
Anja Klein, European Ethnology, MSc thesis
Knowledge Practices in the Modelling of “Socio-Ecological Coevolutions“ – On Simplification, Experimentation, Visualization and Alignment
Mariana Cerca, Integrated Natural Resource Management, MSc thesis
Critical Discourse Analysis of Social Sustainability in Agriculture: The Political Discourses on Biofuels in Brazil and Germany
Thomas Betzold, Geography, BSc thesis
Biochar from water hyacinth – turning a plague into a resource
Joy Heitlinger, Agricultural Economics, MSc thesis
Spannungsfelder im Nachhaltigkeitsmarketing – Perspektiven zur Identifikation neuer Zielgruppen für das Zweinutzungshuhn
Dženeta Hodžić, European Ethnology, BA thesis
Knowing the Social in Global Change Research – Understanding the Role of Social Sciences in Future Earth
Cordula Wittekind, Integrated Natural Resource Management, MSc thesis
Assessment of transgression of the planetary boundary of freshwater use, accounting for aquatic biodiversity
Katja Kowalski, Geography, BSc thesis
Analysis of forest disturbance dynamics in the Tatra Mountains using Landsat time series from 1986 to 2015
Carolin Hoffmann, Integrated Natural Resource Management, MSc thesis
Colombia and the prospect of peace: Is there hope for a slowdown of deforestation in the foothills of the Amazon? An analysis of deforestation patterns and potential preventive measures
Marc Lange, European Ethnology, BA thesis
Qualitative GIS in Ethnographic Research: Reviewing Recent Studies and Making a Case for an Interdisciplinary, Collaborative Research Tool
Constanze Werner, Physical Geography of Human-Environment-Systems, MSc thesis
A Multi-Criteria Analysis as an Alternative Approach for the Planetary Boundary of Land System Change
Simon Thomsen, Geography, BSc thesis
Comparing deforestation rates and patterns along the Colombian-Ecuadorian border
Janine Hauer, European Ethnology, MA thesis
Landscapes of hope: Urban expansion in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso