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Rotterdam Urban Big Data Thesis Award 2021

Rotterdam Urban Big Data Thesis Award 2021


The Rotterdam Knowledge Lab of Urban Big Data 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 €1.000 and an opportunity to present his/her thesis to an audience from the Rotterdam municipality.

Conditions for the 2021 Award

* Only Master’s theses from Erasmus University Rotterdam are eligible for the award, on condition that 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 8.0 or higher
* Completed in the academic year 2020-2021

The winner presents his/her thesis to a small audience from the Rotterdam municipality.


The submission deadline is 1 October 2021. Please submit your thesis in PDF format to info@urbanbigdata.nl, stating your full name, personal e-mail address and phone number, thesis grade, and at which department and university you wrote your thesis.

Review procedure

A jury will review all submitted theses and appoint a winner by December 2021. 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

Please contact Fadi Hirzalla (hirzalla@egsh.eur.nl) for more information about the award.