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Thesis Award 2017

For the best thesis on urban big data

Rotterdam Urban Big Data Thesis Award 2017


The Urban Big Data Knowledge Lab aims to promote knowledge about and development of urban big data policies. To this purpose, it yearly awards a prize for the best thesis on the subject. The winner receives € 2.000, a certificate, and a published interview about his or her thesis.

Master’s theses from Erasmus University Rotterdam or Bachelor’s theses from Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences are eligible for the award, if they are:
  • About (big) data solutions for urban challenges, in any field (including health, economy, mobility, governance, education and safety). Theses do not need to be specifically about Rotterdam.
  • Written in Dutch or English.
  • Graded with 7.5 or higher.
The submission deadline for the 2017 award was 15 September 2017.

A jury with representatives from the municipality of Rotterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences will shortlist the three best theses. Thesis supervisors will not be consulted. Theses will be reviewed with regard to:
  • Clarity of the research question.
  • Extent to which the research question is answered.
  • Clarity of the method or approach.
  • Clarity of conclusions.
  • Societal and scientific relevance and originality.
  • Argumentative coherence.
  • Use of sources.
  • Language use and the structuring of text.
The shortlisted candidates will be asked to give a short presentation about their thesis on a thesis market in November 2017. A jury will then appoint the winner of the award.