Decision Analysis and Socio-economic Assessment
Prof. Dr. Sandra Venghaus
Decision Analysis and Socio-economic Assessment
Prof. Dr. Sandra Venghaus
Decision Analysis and Socio-Economic Assessment
Prof. Dr. Sandra Venghaus
Decision Analysis and Socio-Economic Assessment
Prof. Dr. Sandra Venghaus

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BA/MA

Marketing for a better world – what sustainability research can learn from innovation management

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Sustainability is a key driver of innovation for products, services, marketing approaches, and business models. In general, innovation management refers to the combination of mixed innovation processes, and change management of products, organizational services, business processes or consumer behavior. With the rise of sustainability as a conceptual framework for the future, a great capacity was created for novel products, organizational services and novel lifestyles. This thesis aims to study the role of sustainabilty and innovation management for marketing new products, organizational services as well as social innovations for a sustainable world.

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BA/MA

How are the contrasting features of cap and trade vs. carbon tax systems discussed in the economic literature and politically in the context of the Paris Agreement, the EU-ETS and the currently insufficient NDCs?

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In economics, cap and trade systems and a carbon tax are often considered as almost equivalent instruments. A fundamental difference between both approaches, however, exists in that in a tax system the right price needs to be politically determined while in a cap and trade system adequate CO2 cap – thus the acceptable emission level – must be adequately determined. Furthermore, in a tax system, the incentive for abatement does not depend on the level of emissions, while in a cap and trade system, the incentive is reduced, when unexpected emission reductions occur, and increased, if the emission level is high. The thesis should address the pros and cons with regard to both approaches discussed in the literature and provide a systematic overview of incentives between European, national and sub-national actors, focusing on incentives or disincentives of individuals for voluntary emission reductions as well as political incentives to achieve emission reductions by other means or to tighten the cap.

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BA/MA

The German ‘Energiewende’ – Between policy, power and the people

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The ‘Energiewende’ is Germany's energy transformation to a low-carbon, nuclear-free economy. In the past, this transformation has strongly been shaped by changing political interests and power constellations. Increasing international and social pressures continue to drive its implementation towards ever more ambitious targets. Given the scope of this transformation, it increasingly affects the daily lives of the people, industrial conditions in Germany, as well as the political opinion about its implementation. In this thesis, the focus shall be set on the social discourses, changing power constellations and external events that shape the Energiewende and lead to shifts in its implementation.

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MA

Barriers and enablers of bio-hybrid fuels in urban freight transportation systems

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As a new generation of synthetic fuels, bio-hybrid fuels provide promising and sustainable options for the future urban freight transportation system. However, the past has shown that the adoption of new fuels in the transportation market can be a challenging task. Objective of this thesis will be the identification of barriers and enablers for bio-hybrid fuels specific in urban freight transportation systems. Identifying barriers and enablers requires the consideration of different interests, preferences and objectives of the various stakeholders. In this thesis, various methods of decision analysis should be used to identify risks, opportunities, barriers and enablers and quantify their relevance and impact.

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MA

The future of passenger transportation in Germany - Market regulation and the quantification of its impacts

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Passenger transportation has historically played an important and critical role in the transportation sector. In recent years, global targets and national regulations increasingly obligate changes in the different modes of transportation to meet the ecological, economic, and social sustainability objectives. This thesis addresses the role of market regulations in moving passenger transportation in Germany towards sustainability. To analyze the effectiveness of implemented market regulations, quantitative statistical methods can be used to derive the detailed impacts of each regulation. The findings can provide decision support for policy optimization.

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MA

The logistics of food waste in a circular bioeconomy

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The reduction of food waste presents an essential aim for increasing both food security and environmental sustainability. At the same time, biological residues and food waste are increasingly explored and used as a possible resource for new bio-based products and the replacement of fossil resources in a sustainable bioeconomy. Since, however, biological residues often accrue at decentralized locations, the establishment of an infrastructure for collecting and transporting those biological resources will be of central concern. Aim of the proposed master thesis will thus be to develop a model for biological waste logistics.

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MA

Towards a circular economy – narratives and their impacts on preference orders

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Circular and cascading resource utilization is considered a key cornerstone of the sustainability transformation. Whereas several studies have addressed specific product preferences and the related willingness-to-pay, little research has addressed the impact of a more comprehensive social sustainability transformation towards an economic system based on circular principles on the general preference order often considered as stable. Methods of empirical social research (e.g., stakeholder workshops, surveys) serve as viable methods to address this topic.

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BA/MA

A demand analysis for biofuels on a lignocellulosic basis

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Biofuels based on materials such as agricultural residues, herbaceous crops, short rotation woody crops, forestry residues, wastepaper and other wastes can be produced without creating undue competition for land and water use for food production. This is not the case for first-generation feedstock for biofuels that are primarily made from food crops. The aim of the bachelor or master thesis will be an analysis of how the demand for biofuels is expected to evolve under the consideration of different regulatory and competition scenarios.  

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BA/MA

The social acceptance of bio-hybrid fuels in transportation systems of Germany

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Bio-hybrid fuels are considered as a new generation of synthetic fuels for a future sustainable transportation system both in Germany and the EU. Along with environmental and economic aspects of bio-hybrid fuels, the social impacts and the perspectives of stakeholders on using bio-hybrid fuels is of high significance. Germany is one of the pioneers in the adoption of cleaner and sustainable alternative fuels aligned with different regulations such as the Agenda 2030 addressing the sustainable development goals as well as further national targets. Therefore, understanding and measuring the social perspectives of stakeholders can provide significant insights and implications for both managerial decisions and policy-making. In this regard, using methods of empirical social research this thesis aims to identify and analyze effective attributes influencing both the acceptance and purchase decisions among the German public.  

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BA/MA

Assessment of circularity performances in the transportation system

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Transportation is one of the major sectors responsible for greenhouse gas emissions. As one important cornerstone of sustainable development, the circular economy has attracted high attention given its potential for both CO2-reduction and resource use efficiency. A critical task is thus to validate the appropriateness of circular economy practices in different sectors. This thesis aims to develop a performance assessment tool for circularity in the German transportation system.  

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Abgeschlossene Abschlussarbeiten

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BA

Germany's transformation towards a CO2 neutral economy - The role of fossil fuels in the sustainable transportation sector