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Bachelor Thesis

Application Process

If you want to write your Bachelor thesis with the Bits to Energy Lab, please use our application form and send us your CV, current transcript of record and the name of the topic you are interested in until the 11.04.2020. In case you have your own research idea, please also provide a short, but meaningful description of the topic.

We will then arrange short selection meetings with the interested students. Together with the Schöller Endowed Chair for Information Systems – Digitalization in Business and Society – Prof. Dr. Sven Laumer we will offer a bachelor thesis seminar.

The preliminary schedule is

  • 27.04.2020 (Introduction and How to Write)
  • 06.05.2020 (Literature Review)
  • 13.05.2020 (Theories in IS Research & How to Present)
  • 20.05.2020 (Research Methods)
  • 27.05.2020 (Presentaion of First Ideas)
  • 10.06.2020 (Review and Evaluation, Presentation of First Ideas)
  • 08.07.2020 (Final Presentations)

 

Open Topics

Topic Supervisor

Nudging refers to interventions by public or private agents aimed at steering peoples’ decisions in a particular direction, while still perpetuating the freedom to make individual decisions. Next to an increased prevalence of nudges in our analog world, the term of digital nudging evolved recently. It refers to “the use of user-interface design elements to guide people’s behavior in digital choice environments” (Weinmann, Schneider & vom Brocke, 2016, p. 1). As more and more groceries are purchased online, digital nudges to increase the nutritional quality of food choice are a promising approach to improve people’s health. This thesis aims at conducting an extensive literature review to summarize digital nudging approaches in the nutrition domain, compare their effects to analogous ones and find possible reasons for differential effects.
Leonard Michels

Climate change is predicted to increase the pressure on global water resources. Yet, water demand is steadily increasing worldwide. To address the problem of water scarcity, there is need to promote water conservation.
The aim of this thesis is to examine previous research on digital interventions that aim to motivate households to engage in water conservation behaviour. The thesis should answer the following questions: Which interventions were successful, which failed and why? What are the policy implications?
Kathrin Schmitt

Consumers often fail to adopt energy-savings practices with high impacts and to make cost-effective investments in energy-efficient products due to imperfect information and inattention to energy costs. Digital interventions can help to overcome this bias, provide decision support and thus, can increase the adoption of sustainable behavioural practices (e.g. through real-time feedback). The aim of this thesis is to conduct an extensive literature review to find out which interventions have the highest impacts, which interventions were successful, which failed and why.
Kathrin Schmitt

From a technical and financial perspective, Community Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems perform better than Individual PV systems of the same capacity, and allow for a greater proportion of households to consume renewable energy who otherwise did not have an option. However, decisions to invest in solar PV or to join a solar PV community are subject to a variety of factors. This thesis focuses on qualitative reviews of existing community PV systems in Germany/elsewhere to answer the following questions:
  • What are the key motivations for community formation?
  • Are ‘Opinion Leaders’ imperative to the formation of a community?
  • What technical rules of thumb are used by utility companies for capacity sizing, and the number and type of members in a community?
  • What choices of Business Models and Financing are prevalent?
Prakhar Mehta