Thesis Projects

Thesis topics are chosen in cooperation with an advisor from NMBU. A proposal of work must be submitted to the advisors before the 15th of May of the second semester. If the thesis will be 60 ECTS, then the student must also arrange to complete a special pensum of 5-15 ECTS. The special pensum is developed in cooperation with the thesis advisor.

It always pays to start thinking early, as it will help direct you in finding the correct “pathway” of courses for your programme. Many students begin conducting their research activities in the summer months, between the first and second year. Keeping in mind the systems perspective and skills learned in the first semester is essential to writing an appropriate and successful agroecology masters thesis.

To facilitate this process, a seminar session is held in the 2nd and 4th semesters, to connect first and second year students at NMBU, and to discuss thesis topics, methodology and approaches. For those students not at NMBU, it will be important to keep in close contact via email. The thesis semester finishes with a presentation of the work, and final hand-in on May 15th.

Here is some of the work done by our past students:


  • Adèle Boissau - The domestic fair trade movement in France, a bottom-up regulation?
  • Erin Ball - Taming nitrogen : recognizing N2O emissions in fertilization practice
  • José Manuel Domingues - Costa Reading what farmers write : an agroecological exploration of three farmers/authors’ proposals to develop ecological, productive and profitable farm enterprises
  • James Douglas - Colorado cannabis : soft systems analysis of an emerging industry
  • Kevin Morin - Agroecology on the ground in Telangana, India


  • Laura Cazaux - Determining factors and trajectories analysis to support system diversification : mixed orchard animals and mixed orchard vegetables systems
  • Valentine Debray - Agroecological practices in a context of climate change in Africa
  • Katalina Sanchez Gonzalez - Quality of vegetable grower social networks and potential role for adoption of agroecological innovations : the case of Ubaque in the Colombia Highlands
  • Björn Gunnlaugsson - Informed nudges : the effects of pre or post informing about motives and mechanisms of nudge based behavioral interventions
  • Laurent Moussier - How do Danish organic farmers use agroforestry system to improve the distribution of laying hens : a case study on seven farms
  • Léa Vereecke - A sociological approach to crop diversification



  • Laura Cerrato - The role of civil society organizations and system relationships surrounding participatory organic nutrient waste cycling : a case study exploration of De Zuiderhof's community composting initiative in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Florian Delespesse - A case study on the barriers and opportunities for the upscaling of short food supply chains : the perspective of stakeholders in Wallonia, Belgium.
  • Cristina Gil Ruiz - Visual evaluation of soil structure: farmers' evaluation and further applications
  • Camille Nollet - Cultural factors influencing farmers' perceptions of agriculture and biodiversity : case study of a rural area in South-East
  • Ophélia Sipan - Constraints to local catering supply and solutions to overcome these difficulties, an example from a rural territory
  • Tiffanie Faye Stone - Dairy goat keeping in the humid tropics : a case study of small-scale farming systems in Zanzibar



  • Joshua Fenton Cabell - Bringing Food Home: a case study analysis of carbon emissions and energy use for transporting food in local food networks
  • Camille Atlani - Multi-Scaling for Sustainability Transition: The Case of R-Urban in the Parisian Suburb of Colombes
  • Benjamin C. Hunsdorfer - Purposeful emergence and knowledge networking in the large cardamom (Amomum subulatum) agroecosystems of Sikkim and beyond



  • Karly Burch - Consumer perceptions and behaviors related to radionuclide contaminated food: an exploratory study from Kansai, Japan
  • Eva Martina Brod - Combined Waste Resources as NPK Fertiliser: Results from a Pot Experiment
  • Numa Courvoisier - Research about the understanding of the concept of sustainability from the perspective of farmers and consumers



  • Chamalie C. J. Arembage - Towards organic food : Attitudes about the introduction of organic milk and fruit in primary and secondary schools in Norway
  • Lourdes A. Niehaus - Contribution of cacao ( Theobroma cacao) agroforestry systems to the household economy of small-scale producers in Central America
  • Drew A. Katz - Finance Challenges and Possible Alternatives for Direct Market Farmers: A Portland, Oregon Case Study
  • Hanna Karlsson - Seasonal Vegetables: An Environmental Assessment Seasonal Food
  • Hana Nelson - Factors influencing household nutritional status in relation to increasing food prices in Kandy, Sri Lanka



  • Renee Ciulla - Strenghtening New Hampshire´s local food system: Considering consumer and producer motivations, preferences and needs for a more self-sufficient future



  • Ina Henriette Iversen Torp - Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Food and Land: A comparative study of two Guatemalan peasant cooperatives
  • Alice Budai - Effects of Cultivation Practices on Denitrification and its Product Ratios
  • Andrea Erika Lawseth - Urban Agriculture and Local Food Systems: The path to food self-reliance in Langley, British Columbia, Canada
  • Abednego A. Achamba - Impacts of Globalisation on the Food System in the Southwest Province of Cameroon



  • Karen Adler - Exploring the Implications of Introducing Inoculated Legumes in Southern Ethiopia to Increase Nitrogen Availability: A Systemic Analysis of the Factors Affecting Farmer Adoption and Nitrogen Synchrony
  • Qiao Zhong - Agroecology Impact Evaluation of Pest Management with an Environmental Impact Quotient (EIQ) Model in Northeastern China
  • Elin Volder Rutle - Empowerment in Agricultural Cooperatives: A comparative case study of three Nicaraguan peasant cooperatives
  • Nkwawir Marie-Goretti Bongka - The Use of Solid Waste in Urban Agriculture: The case of Yaounde, Cameroon
  • Tesfaye Shiferaw - Socio-ecological Functioning and Economic Performance of Rain-fed Farming Systems in Adami Tulu Jido Kombolcha District, Ethiopia



  • Mikaela Vasström - Facilitating Agricultural Innovation and Learning – a systemic action research approach
  • Eduardo Aguilar Espinoza - Evaluating a Local Seed System in Northern Nicaragua that Implemented a Participatory Plant Breeding Approach: Challenges for upscaling technologies and institutions



  • Corinne Kolm - Agritourism as a Revitalization Strategy for the Central Platte Region
  • Bastian Hoffmann - What Are Contributing Factors for a Successful Organic Food System in Norway
  • Petra Bakewell - Stone Sustaining Livelihoods through Organic Agriculture in Tanzania: A sign-post for the future



  • Karme Petrutis - Developing Estonian Organic Sector: A case study on producer – adviser – inspector information flow



  • Martina Hammer-  Future Potentials for Food Production & Wastewater Treatment in Havana’s Urban Vegetable Production



  • Wendy Hall - Improving the Sustainability of Vegetable Production Systems by Using Nature as a Model for Agroecosystems Cover crops in cauliflower production: Implications for weeds, insects, beneficial arthropods and yield
  • Steffen A. Adler - Research Design and Communication in Production System Experiments:A Multiple-Case Study in the Nordic Countries



  • Leo Kivitar - Policy Interventions to Increase Estonian Farmer’s Motivation to Convert to Organic Farming Practices
Published 11. November 2013 - 11:13 - Updated 25. November 2019 - 13:40