Michelle Muus


Myrthe van Delden

The winner of the 2019 Rotterdam Thesis Award is Myrthe van Delden, with her survey entitled ‘A design against crime’. Van Delden has made an extensive analysis of the fight against undermining crime in Rotterdam-Zuid. The jury lauds her extensive data collection activities and case studies, which have yielded valuable insights in a number of areas – nudging in the context of complex policy problems, for example. In her thesis, Van Delden not only focuses on combating crime via repressive measures; she also examines which options there are to influence people’s behaviour for the better. This alternative approach aligns very well with the Municipality’s wish to make more extensive use of positive behaviour influencing strategies and ‘positive safety’ in the fight against crime. Van Delden’s thesis can make a valuable contribution to this endeavour!


More information on  application Rotterdam Thesis Award 2020 you can find here.

Watch the video about the prize


  • The winner of the Rotterdam Thesis Award 2018 is Evan van der Holst with his thesis ‘A Search for a Fertilizer for Social Enterprises’. Said Kasmi, member of the city councel and responsible for education, culture and tourism, handed him the price (€ 1.500,- and a local work of art). Evan graduated from the Master in Management programme. His master’s thesis offers rich insights into how social entrepreneurs go about their business and what they require from their surrounding ecosystem to achieve scale-up. While social enterprises are hardly a new phenomenon, they do play an increasingly important role in the city’s social development. The jury consequently praises the practical relevance and applicability of Van der Holst’s thesis, as well as its methodological rigour and theoretical quality. Which of course are also the core values of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

    Evan van der Holst

Alumnus Public Administration, Dee Dee Smeets MSc Alleenstaande moeders & de Tegenprestatie. ‘Thuis zitten is geen optie en iedereen kan wat’. Maar wat als je een alleenstaande moeder bent?’

Alumnus of Media, Culture & Society, Wander van Baalen for his thesis Creating Space Together: An Ethnographic Case Study at the Pauluskerk.

Alumnus Sociology, Arend van Haaften.  Het maatschappelijk middenveld als ‘sociale incubator’.

Alumnus Criminology, Jeroen van den Broek. 'Van de straathoek naar Facebook: Een onderzoek naar het gebruik van social media door jongeren binnen de straatcultuur'.

Alumnus of RSM, Rianna van Nieuwland.'How managing pipeline connectedness affects firm-level innovation and sustainable competitive advantage in the context of industrial ecology'.