Thesis Topics

The following thesis topics are for either Bachelor or Master students at Cologne University of Applied Sciences. They are currently predominantly in German, due to recent requests, however, theses in English language are especially encouraged.

Own suggestions are very welcome, and for an orientation, here is a list of possible thesis topics: 180425 Themen für mögliche Abschlussarbeiten – Fekete

Guideline on how to write a thesis or a term paper: 180515_Anforderungen an Abschlussarbeiten – Fekete

List of supervised Bachelor and Master theses: 180424 Betreute Abschlussarbeiten

Guideline for Co-Supervisors: 160217 Angaben für Zweitgutachter

Guideline on internship supervision and reports: 170412 Tipps zum Praxissemesterbericht – Fekete

PhD Supervision

PhD Committee member for: Alex de Sherbinin: MAPPING THE UNMEASURABLE? SPATIAL ANALYSIS OF VULNERABILITY TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND CLIMATE VARIABILITY. PhD at University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands. Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC). PhD degree awarded Dec 3rd 2014.

PhD Committee member for: Michael Hagenlocher: Integrated spatial indicators for modeling, exploring and visualizing vulnerability to vector-borne diseases. PhD at University of Salzburg | Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS. PhD degree successfully defended Dec 18th 2014.

External PhD reviewer for: Diana María Contreras Mojica: SPATIAL INDICATORS OF RECOVERY AFTER EARTHQUAKESPhD at University of Salzburg | Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS. PhD degree successfully defended Oct 1st 2015.

External PhD reviewer for: Fabio Chan: Social Vulnerability and Flood Risk Assessment Using Satellite Remote Sensing. A support for decision making in a changing climate scenario. Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia. Successfully defended 2017.

Current Mentoring: Celia Norf (University of Stuttgart), Christiane Stephan (University of Bonn), Katerina Tzavella (University of Wuppertal), Maike Vollmer (University of Wuppertal

Bachelor and Master Modules developed at TH Köln – Univ. Applied Sciences

The following modules (courses and trainings) were developed within our group and are held at TH Köln, starting from 2013:

Within the Bachelor module ‘Introduction to Rescue Engineering, Hazard Control and Risk and Crisis Management’  students learn about the interdisciplinary foci, concepts, methods, required skills and job perspectives of the Bachelor program ‘Rescue Engineering’. This module is taught by all five professors of the Institute of Rescue Engineering and Hazard Control in order to set the basis and structure of the whole Bachelor and Master program.
In the second semester the Bachelor module ‘Methods of Risk Analysis’, includes methods such as risk, vulnerability, criticality or resilience assessments, among others. Fourth semester Bachelor modules include ‘Natural Hazards and Risks’ and ‘Man-made and Technical Hazards and Risks’ and involve physical, geographical and societal causes, processes and impacts. Sixth semester course on ‘Civil Protection and Critical Infrastructure’ deals with security and risk management and governance .

Within the Master’s program, the module on ‘Risk and Crisis Management’ covers risk management and risk governance concepts and strategies, including multi-stakeholder involvement, risk communication, assessment and validation, and the development of organisational and technical measures. In 2013/2014, the topic ‘Floods in Europe 2013’ was analysed in retrospective, with a ‘Lessons to Learn’ study as an outcome.

In the Master’s module ‘Analyses of Interdependent Critical Infrastructures’, the students conduct investigations onsite in Cologne or in other cities worldwide on supply infrastructure such as water, electricity, IT and roads. Experts will be invited and different analysis methods such as criticality and vulnerability assessments will make use of both quantitative and qualitative information.

The Master’s module ‘Humanitarian Aid and International Development Cooperation’ focuses on the science-practitioner nexus and invite experts to discuss recent humanitarian crises, the impact of climate change and natural disasters, community resilience, the aspects of logistics, search and rescue teams and international aid governance.

In our Academy for Continuing Education, we are offering a program for professionals on the topic of visitor’s security, including aspects of crowd safety and risk and crisis management in German language.


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