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Master Thesis Ideas and Supervisor Bank

Here you can find a list of ideas for master theses from the researchers at Department of Food and Ressource Economics (IFRO).
You can also see what the researcher's areas are, and if they might be a match for your project as a supervisor.


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    Try searching the site for key words or a name.
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  2. If you have no clue but you need input...
    Just start browsing. It might take you some time to get through but it is time well spend to get input for just the right idea or supervisor for your master thesis.

All the best with the search.

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How to get in touch with a researcher (supervisor)

Feel free to write directly to a researcher if you think they might be the right supervisor for you. Their contact information is available in the list below, or you can browse the staff list at IFRO's website: Staff at IFRO
You can also talk to your Head of Studies, and ask them to help you get in touch with a certain researcher.

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Presentations from the IFRO Master Thesis Seminar 18 November 2016

The department hosted a Master Thesis Seminar Friday 18 November 2016 from 13-15.

Presentations from the Master Thesis Seminar 2016:

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The idea bank / supervisor bank

Here is a list of possible supervisors and some of their ideas for master theses for inspiration. There are also key words descriping the researcher's research areas.
There are more possible supervisors than those on this list so if you are looking for a certain person, and they are not on this list, feel free to find them at the staff list at and contact them.

Idea Bank / Supervisor Bank
Key Words Master Thesis Ideas Name
  • Conservation
  • Cambodia
  • Prey Lang
  • Community Based Monitoring
  • Importance of NTFPs to Local Livelihoods
  • Incentives for engaging in Environmental Activism
  • Earth Journalism Network
  • Use of Information and Communication Technology and Social Media
  • Local grassroots initiative welcomes university students and interns.
    The Prey Lang forest complex is situated in the central plains of Cambodia. More than 250,000 mainly indigenous people live in 340 villages bordering Prey Lang and depend on it for their survival. Forest loss in Cambodia has accelerated faster than in any other country. As a response, local community members formed Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN), an informal network of volunteers that advocates for the protection of their land. PLCN conducts forest patrols to intercept loggers and seize chainsaws and encourage local authorities and the national government to take responsibility for the protection of Prey Lang.

    Since 2014, the initiative has hosted more than 30 students and interns. Students conduct research and topics so far have included; Community Based Monitoring, Importance of NTFPs to Local Livelihoods, Incentives for engaging in Environmental Activism, Earth Journalism Network, and use of Information and Communication Technology and Social Media. Interns and students contribute to activities such as training, app development, database management, report writing, communication, press conferences, funding applications and more.

    See the full description here (pdf)

Ida Theilade

  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Poaching

  • Wildlife conservation
  • Kenya
  • Time series analyses of poaching trends in the Mara, Kenya.

    Recent research based on anti-poaching patrol records has provided essential insights into how patrol efforts can be optimised spatially and temporally for enhanced protection of wildlife populations in protected areas. This project takes departure in monthly records of snare removal and arrest of poachers covering 15 years from conservancies in the Mara region of Kenya.
    See the full description here (pdf)

Martin Reinhardt Nielsen

  • Eye-tracking

  • Consumer behaviour
  • Choice
  • Analysis of available Eyetracking data:
    The eye-tracking data is experimental data on consumer’s choice of consumption products.

See the full description here (pdf)

Goytom Abraha Kahsay

  • Biometric Lab, including:

    • Eye-tracking

    • Facial Expression

    • GSR

    • Heart Rate Monitoring

  • Biometric Lab, including:

    • Eye-tracking

    • Facial Expression

    • GSR

    • Heart Rate Monitoring

Could be used for:

  • Information effects on consumption intentions, e.g. do consumers react to food labels?

  • Consumer reactions to entomophagy (eating insects)

  • Does choice behaviour differ between choice experiments and best-worst scaling formats?

  • Insignificant parameter estimates in choice experiments – a result of decision heuristics or genuine zero preferences?

  • Do left-handed people choose differently than right-handed?

  • Combining eye-tracking with think-aloud techniques – how do respondents experience eye-tracking?

  • Does the presentation of alternatives in choice sets as columns or rows impact choices and/or decision strategies?

See the description here (pdf)

Søren Bøye Olsen,

Toke Reinholt Fosgaard,

Catrine Jacobsen

Kennet Uggeldahl

  • Business case
  • Taxes
  • Recycling
  • Scalability
  • Refarmed has developed a low-impact building-integrated agricultural solution for supermarkets and food storages. The concept is called Black to Green and is a holistic solution that recycles excess resources from the building (heat, water, bio waste) in to a year round production of fish and vegetables. The crops will be sold in-house. In our first prototype project, situated in Denmark’s largest shopping centre Field’s Copenhagen, we are currently collaborating with the supermarket chain Bilka.

    We are now looking for students with a head for figures and alternative business models in the food industry to help us build a business case for the scalability of our solution.

See the full description here (pdf)


  • Danish Meat Research Institute (DMRI)
  • Danish pig production
  • Value
  • The value of production without castration in the Danish Pig production

    On the background of different scenarios for stop of castration (full stop, partly stop), the master project will calculate the economic value for the pork industry. On the background of existing knowledge about the quantifiable differences between entire males and castrates, an economic value is together with the industry assigned to the different quality attributes of which some are relatively abstract such as tenderness. It will be possible to focus the project depending on interest e.g. the influence on the export markets or include the primary production in the calculations.

    See the full description in English here
    - and in Danish here

Tove Christensen
Sigrid Denver

  • Motorway
  • Land use change
  • Residences
  • Properties
  • Danish Road Directorate:

    Adding a motorway ramp (a ‘TSA’) to existing motorways is frequently suggested based on local urban development and traffic management interests. Proposals are assessed based on their implications for traffic on the motorways as well as their contributions to accessibility and development, however little research is available on the effects of adding a ramp/access point to the motorway network.

    A project could study the accessibility effects of the opening of recent motorway ramps as well as available spatial datasets to study area change and the changes in home values in response to the changed motorway access.

See the full description here (pdf)

Toke Emil Panduro


Jette Bredahl Jacobsen

In Danish
  • Social-økonomisk virksomhed
  • Genanvendelse
  • Er genanvendelse af flamingo bæredygtigt når miljøgevinster og sociale gevinster inddrages?
    I samarbejde med social-økonomisk virksomhed i København
    (Danish language required)

Læs oplægget her

  • John Deere

  • Site-specific farming
  • In this position you will work on a project on site-specific farming. This may include conducting a survey to gather customer needs, identifying technical requirements and crucial factors for site-specific farming. Competitive benchmarking to the John Deere cloud solution completes the project. Supported by the local team, you will create a solution concept and feasibility study. These efforts will primarily target the European market.

    The position is targeted for a 6-month period and available at the beginning of 2017. The working location will be Kaiserslautern (Germany) in the Advanced Marketing department.

  • Contact: Arne Henningsen

See the entire call here (pdf)

Arne Henningsen

  • Production economics

  • Econometrics, productivity and efficiency analysis

  • Farming (both in developing and in developed countries)

  • Comparison of and relationship between various productivity measures
  • Different approaches for measuring the capital input of firms
  • Analysing technical efficiency when farmers self-select into mutually exclusive groups
  • Comparing existing and new methods for analysing allocative efficiency
  • New methods for analysing technical efficiency with panel data, e.g. of farms or energy producers in Denmark

See these ideas and more here (pdf)

Arne Henningsen


Tomasz Czekaj

  • Geographical Indication (GI) - African products

  • Certification schemes and standards
  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Cost-benefit analysis of the labelling of an African forest honey with Geographical Indication

    (Will require field studies in Cameroun)

See the full description here (pdf)

Aske Skovmand Bosselmann

  • Preferences

  • Uncertainty

  • Decision support systems in Precision Agriculture
  • Multi criteria decision aid with application to planning with natural resources

See descriptions of the ideas here

Camilo Franco

  • Commodity markets

  • Agricultural and food policy

  • Environmental and natural ressource regulation

  • The trade impact of the Russian food import ban
  • Indian grain policies and their impact on the world market
  • The organic cotton sector

See the ideas and a description of each here (pdf)

Christian Elleby

  • Forest Governance
  • Illegal Logging
  • Political Ecology
  • Access and Exclusion along the charcoal commodity chain in Ghana
  • Struggles and conflicts over forest reservation in GhanaS

See the ideas and a description of each here (pdf)

Christian Pilegaard Hansen

  • Strategy
  • Facilitation
  • Group problem solving
  • Food networks
  • Climate change
  • How do interactions of decision making influence the emergence of social capital within community initiatives

  • How does the use of artefacts help groups solve problems and make decisions (the research question would need to be more specific)

  • If somebody would like to go out and facilitate a problem structuring workshop that would also be great

See the ideas here (pdf)

Elena Tavella

  • Regulation
  • Renewable resource extraction
  • Asymmetric information
  • Contract theory
  • Principal-agent theory
  • An application of contract theory to renewable resources
  • Calculating optimal total quotas for fisheries by using feed-back rules

See descriptions of the ideas here

Frank Jensen

  • Prosocial signaling
  • Incentives and institutions
  • Community-based governance and monitoring
  • Climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • Prosocial signaling in consumer goods
  • Community-based governance and monitoring
  • Understanding adaptation strategy of African farmers

See descriptions of the ideas here (pdf)

Goytom Abraha Kahsay

  • Organic and regional food systems
  • Eco-efficiency
  • Bio-economy
  • Institutional environments
  • Food security versus food sovereignty
  • Protected Geographical Indications
  • Organic Agriculture

Students are welcome to contact Henrik with their ideas.

Henrik Egelyng

(In Danish)

  • Fangst og subsistensøkonomi i Grønland

(In Danish)

Alle idéerne hører under emnet til venstre.

  • Indflydelsen af eksogene samfundsmæssige faktorer på fangsten

  • Klimaets indflydelse på fangstens udvikling

  • Fællesfangst og fangstdeling

  • Fangst og overholdelse af fangstregulering

  • Tidsallokering og andre fangstomkostninger

  • Priser og præferencer

  • Indkomstsammensætning og indkomstregistrering

  • Minedriften og fremtidige jobmuligheder

  • Det biologiske grundlag for fangst

  • Samfundets og husholdningernes behov

Hent beskrivelser af idéerne her (pdf)

Henrik Meilby and Martin Reinhardt Nielsen
  • Farm level production analysis

  • Farmer investment behavior

  • Land prices

  • Land fragmentation

  • Analysing the effect of leasing land on land fragmentation and economic performance.
  • Analysing the effects of economic performance of irregular field shape.

See descriptions of the ideas here

Jakob Vesterlund Olsen

  • Natural resource economics
  • Environmental confilct management
  • Public resistance to wind-power development in Denmark
  • User conflicts around mountain-biking in public and private forests
  • Conflicts among hunters in Denmark

See descriptions of the ideas here (pdf)

Jens Emborg


Christian Gamborg

  • Applied production economics
  • Crop production
  • Crop protection
  • Optimal crop rotation – how?
  • Optimal regulation of nitrogen leaching – subsidies, taxes or quotas?
  • Site specific crop protection and fertilizer application – is it profitable?
  • Pesticide use model – just a simple function of farm size, soil quality, and crop rotation?
  • New pesticide tax and pesticide resistance – what are the threats, options and costs?
  • Biodiversity – what are the farm economic value of bees and wild pollinators?

See the ideas and a description of each here (pdf)

Jens Erik Ørum

  • Forest governance
  • Developing countries
  • Popular participation in resource management
  • Rural livelihoods
  • The rationale for divestment
  • Conservation narratives in Tanzania
  • How climate friendly is University of Copenhagen?

See the ideas and a description of each here (pdf)

Jens Friis Lund

(In Danish)

  • Jordbrugsøkonomi
  • Miljøøkonomi
  • Policy analyse

(In Danish)

  • Indkomster og indkomstspredning i dansk landbrug
  • Ledelse, strategi og brug af konsulenter i landbruget
  • Jordfordeling. Interesse for driftsøkonomi og GIS analyse

Læs mere om idéerne her (pdf)

Jesper Sølver Schou

  • Stated preference valuation

  • Travel cost methods

  • Outdoor recreation

  • Payment for ecosystem services

  • Forest and resource economics

  • Climate change related to economics, nature, forests

  • Choice experiment design
  • Resource (forest) economics
  • Social cost of carbon – for Denmark
  • Valuing biodiversity
  • Citizen science
  • For forest management to have a role in climate policy (...)
  • Loacation of windmills

See descriptions of the ideas here (pdf)

Jette Bredahl Jacobsen

  • Forestry

  • Data collection
  • Forest and resource economics
  • Constructing new assortment distributions for the forestry sector
See a full description of the idea here (pdf)

Jette Bredahl Jacobsen


Thomas Lundhede

  • Flooding, environmental economics

  • Health economics

  • Econometrics

  • Flooding and house prices

See a desciption of the idea here (pdf)

Jonas Nordström

  • Strategies on the oil market

  • NGO activism

  • Sustainable finance

  • Green investments and economic incentives
  • Zoos and conservation: applied economic theory

See descriptions of the ideas here (pdf)

Julien Xavier Daubanes

  • Economics of food consumption and health

  • Agricultural policy
  • Rural development economics
  • economics of food safety
  • Economic modeling
  • Econometrics
  • Business opportunities for the slaughter of 30 kg pigs.
  • Economic strategies for suppliers of ‘local foods’

See descriptions of the ideas here (pdf)

Jørgen Dejgård Jensen

  • Intellectual property rights

  • Innovation management

  • Value capturing and value creation

  • University industry collaboration

  • The use of secrecy and or knowledge sharing for creating and capturing value from innovation in the Danish wine industry
  • An explorative study of how to capturing value from innovation by applying shrink wrap licenses
  • Entrepreneurship thesis project

See descriptions of the ideas here (pdf)

Karin Beukel

  • Open innovation

  • Business models
  • Investigating the drivers, processes and/or consequences of open innovation in particular organizations or sectors. Possibly with a specific focus on the conditions under which open innovation is more or less successful.

  • Using crowdsourcing for different aspects and stages of innovation process, and investigating which characteristics of the crowd, process or platform determine crowdsourcing outcomes.

  • Qualifying and/or quantifying business model, and exploring the opportunities and barriers of business model innovation.

  • Better understanding the conditions, processes and activities that enable or hamper university-industry relations, possibly with a focus on different levels of analysis.

Marcel Bogers

  • Wildlife management

  • Bushmeat hunting

  • Poaching (ivory and rhino horn)

  • Rural household livelihoods

  • Poverty dynamics

  • Choice experiments

  • Contingent evaluation

  • Community based socioeconomic monitoring

  • Is illegal hunting determined by the opportunity costs of hunting?
  • Poachers or public servants?

See descriptions of the ideas here (pdf)

Martin Reinhardt Nielsen

(See also under 'Henrik Meilby' - only in Danish)

  • Benchmarking, efficiency and productivity analysis

  • Data Envelopment Analysis

  • If you have your own data (for example from a study job or the like), or access to other “production data” (in a very broad sense), that might be useful for benchmarking analysis in some form, you are welcome to come and discuss them with me and we can then try to formulate a project around what is interesting/relevant for the given context.

  • Analysis of frontier shifts for the large European banks during the financial crisis, possibly including looking a favourability- and favourability change indexes.

  • Analysis of units’ movements over time in the production space, based on a large data set on American banks.

  • Analysis of the efficiency of Danish dairy farmers over time, using, for example, a new idea of a “Global base period” Malmquist-type index. Data will be available through SEGES.

Get the description as a pdf

Mette Asmild

  • Agricultural Finance

  • Agricultural Risk Management

  • Production Economics (Economies of Scale)

  • Relation between farm size and the cost of financial services, given fixed equity for the farmer

  • Should the farmer lease or buy farm assets?

Get the description as a pdf

Michael Friis Pedersen

(In Danish)

  • Jordbrugspolitik
  • Økonomisk politik

(In Danish)

  • Ejerforholdene i et landbrug med meget store bedrifter
  • Årsagen til dansk landbrugs aktuelle problemer – gælden eller rammebetingelserne
  • Arbejdsdelingen mellem politik og videnskab ved tilrettelæggelsen af landbrugspolitikken

Hent beskrivelser af idéerne her (pdf)

Niels Kærgård

  • Fisheries economics

  • Fishery management

  • Uncertainty and imperfect information

  • Enforcement and compliance

  • Environmental economics

  • Fisheries economics – focus on management systems under imperfect information.

  • The economics of enforcement and compliance

  • Landing obligation (LO) in fisheries management

  • Taxation of resource rent

See descriptions of the ideas here (pdf)

Peder Andersen

  • Consumer preferences & food product differentiation (e.g. geographically differentiated food products, functional food)

  • Experimental auctions & sensory testing

  • Nutrition transition & dietary quality

  • Applied econometrics

Students are welcome to contact Ramona with their ideas.

Ramona Teuber

  • Consumer behavior
  • Stated Preference Methods
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Unsustainable use of groundwater
  • Reduced meat-package size in supermarkets (to disguise price increases)
  • Response time effects on preferences, status quo bias, certainty, consistency etc.
    - Do respondents actually read a page with a lot of information on it?
  • And a lot more...

See the full list and descriptions here (pdf)

Søren Bøye Olsen

  • Impact assessment
  • Technology assessment
  • Adoption
  • Cost effectiveness and CBA.
  • Precision farming (site-specific application of nutrients and pesticides), auto-steering and controlled traffic farming systems – studies of economic feasibility and adoption in all these areas.

  • Measures to prevent flooding and eutrophication in river catchments – both cost-effectiveness analysis and cost-effectiveness.

See the ideas here (pdf)

Søren Marcus Pedersen

  • Productivity/efficiency
  • Analysis non-parametric regression methods
  • Spatial stochastic frontier models
  • Investigating spatial heterogeneity in technical efficiency among Danish farms (cross-sectional data)
  • Environmentally adjusted total factor productivity for Danish agriculture
  • Environmentally adjusted total factor productivity for EU/OECD countries (country/regional level analysis, panel data)

See descriptions of the ideas here (pdf)

Tomasz Czekaj

  • International trade and trade policy modeling
  • Agricultural policy and food security
  • Global value chains in agriculture
  • Partial and computable general equilibrium models
  • Implications of BREXIT on the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy
  • 2016 US presidential election and implications on TTiP and TPP
  • China’s recent agricultural policy reform and global agricultural trade and food security

See descriptions of the ideas here (pdf)

Wusheng Yu

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