Economics and Governance (BEB) / BSc


The domain of Wageningen UR relates to food and food production, the living environment and health, lifestyles and livelihoods. Economics in this domain takes certain specific features of it into account, including our dependence on nature and the uncertainties this brings with it, our need for access to food and water, spatial considerations, and the failures of the market as a mechanism for allocation and distribution. This brings governance issues to the fore, the more so in view of the numerous policy interventions in this domain and the role of civil society groups. Economics in Wageningen therefore focuses on other social institutions than the market, and with a feel for the technical and nature-related aspects of the domain. It has built up a tradition of economic research of direct relevance to public policy, both national and international.
The BSc programme Economics and Governance covers the general principles of economics as well as offering specialized courses in economics and governance tailored to issues in agriculture, the environment, natural resources and development, both in Europe and elsewhere. Graduates distinguish themselves as economists by their real-world focus, their feel for multi-disciplinary approaches, and their sense of responsibility to ensure their work contributes to the quality of life.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this BSc programme graduates are expected to have reached the learning outcomes in the following areas:
Domain specific knowledge:
1. explain economic and governance concepts, principles and theories in general, and in particular those related to sustainability issues (agriculture, environment, natural resources, and development);
2. apply economic and governance concepts, principles, theories, and modelling approaches to sustainability issues, and take into consideration relevant life and natural sciences aspects;
3. analyse the economic causes and effects of changes in the natural, societal, and institutional environment regarding sustainability issues;
Conducting research:
4. write a research plan on a topic in economics or governance regarding sustainability issues, including the main phases of a scientific research or design process, under supervision;
5. identify and critically reflect on scientific literature to answer research questions in the fields of economics and governance with an emphasis on sustainability, under supervision;
6. collect, interpret and critically reflect on relevant knowledge in the field of economics and governance to address sustainability issues, using available literature and data, with some supervision;
7. apply statistical, econometric, modelling and data management methods to economic and governance problems, with some supervision;
General academic abilities:
8. make judgements based on social and ethical issues that arise in work or study in the field of economics and governance;
9. collaborate effectively in a multidisciplinary team to jointly perform project-based work;
10. communicate ideas, problems and solutions, using oral presentations and reports containing qualitative and quantitative information;
11. reflect upon personal knowledge, skills, attitudes, and functioning, both individually and in discussions with others, and design and execute own study path (under supervision).

Programme Director

Dr. ir. PBM Berentsen
Phone: 0317- (4)83485

Study Adviser(s)

- Dr. G.A.H. van der Heijden
Phone: 0317- (4)81304

Programme Committee

Chair: Dr. ir. J.H.M. Peerlings
Secretary: Dr. ir. P.B.M. Berentsen


Study Association

Mercurius Wageningen
Hollandseweg 1, 6706 KN Wageningen

Unconditional Admission to the MSc

MID International Development Studies;
MBS Biobased Sciences;
MME Management, Economics and Consumer Studies.