Thesis - Volunteer opportunity: people friendly campus




Are you interested in the people aspect of sustainability and would like to learn more about its implementation on a local level? Do you want your research to have a direct impact and your results to be realised? Do you want to gain experience in sustainability consulting? Then join the Green Action Lab and help VU Amsterdam to improve its friendly environment!

A campus is a place that gathers students of different backgrounds, experiences, aspirations, goals, and (dis)abilities. Although somewhat different, all students are here for the same reason – to gain education, take full responsibility for their lives, and become the greatest versions of themselves on both professional and personal levels. To accomplish this, they need to be provided with an environment that fulfils a variety of their tangible and intangible needs.


Through the Green Action Lab, you will collaborate with VU’s experienced staff and help them by:

-What are the current social issues on campus (e.g., loneliness, social anxiety, stress, community building, networking, inclusion, discrimination, abuse, etc.)?

-What can we as a campus do to (at least) decrease social issues our colleagues are facing? How do we improve the psychological environment of the campus?

-Can we improve the (indoor/outdoor) physical environment of the campus to make it more people-friendly? For example, think of the places where you (don’t) feel good when on campus. Why do you (not) feel good there?

Throughout your assignment, you can tap on the knowledge of VU’s experienced staff as well as VU’s researchers. Furthermore, through the Green Action Lab, you will have access to a network of sustainability practitioners in Amsterdam and elsewhere, who you can contact for e.g. expert interviews. The intended outcome for the case is a set of recommendations/further social-innovation on campus that benefits all the people on campus.

Depending on your academic background and personal interests, you can choose to focus on physical, behavioural or other aspects.


- You are interested in the people aspect of Sustainability and

- You are a bachelor/master student at VU Amsterdam for the duration of the appointment

- You can come to VU on a regular basis

- You have good oral and written command of the English language

- You are open towards interdisciplinary collaboration and show a welcoming and tolerant work attitude.

- Desired background: Psychology, Social sciences, Life sciences, Humanities, Ecology and Evolution, Global health or other sustainability/people-related fields.

What are we offering?

By joining the project team, you will gain experience in:

*Sustainability consulting experience

*Professional & personal skills workshops with certificate for your CV

*Flexible desk and a study spot at the Green Office-VU

*Peer reviewed publication in “Science for sustainability” open access academic journal (when thesis is graded above 7.5)

*Certificate on climate action (SDGs agent)

Duration: From 1 February until 30 June 2023 (flexible)

Working hours: 8 hours per week of practical work, research possible for the rest of the week

Place: VU Amsterdam and remote

Supervision: T.B.A

Application process

Are you interested in this position? Apply until 1st February 2023 (THESIS) OR anytime before the end of the academic year 2022-2023 (VOLUNTEER) by filling your information below and the Green Action Lab coordinator will contact you in 2-3 business days.

We are looking forward to receiving our application!

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