Sustainability and Growth track

Master's specialization in Sustainability and Growth

'Sustainability and Growth' is one of the specialized tracks of the Master's program in Economics.

Combine inclusive economic growth with a non-deteriorating environment

Recently the OECD and Worldbank have launched a Green Growth strategy, which looks for ways to combine inclusive economic growth with a non-deteriorating environment. International development agencies, national governments, regional planners, but also internationally operating firms have to deal with the tension between development and growth on the one hand, and responsible use of resources on the other hand.

This has resulted in a wide variety of responses at the firm level, from foreign investments with the aim of securing resources to corporate social responsibility strategies. At the more aggregate level, analysts have been questioning the growth imperative (cf. Occupy Wall Street, Degrowth) - is growth obsolete?

Evaluate policies and firm strategies towards development and sustainable resource use

In the 'Sustainability and Growth' track, you will learn how to analyze the sources of economic growth in a country or region, the barriers to growth and development they face, and the possible negative consequences of growth. You will be trained to evaluate policies and firm strategies towards development and sustainable resource use.

The track is closely linked to the Tilburg Sustainability Center, a multidisciplinary research and policy advise institute.

Key courses

Main electives:

In the Study Guide you find the exact overview of the courses and program structure.

In these courses, you will learn how to evaluate people’s willingness to pay for environmental improvements, and how to measure the effectiveness of structural reform policies. You will write policy proposals regarding inequality and growth, educational policies, and innovation strategies. An example of a case you will be analyzing is investment in sustainable production methods in Vietnamese villages.

Career perspectives

This track is advised if you wish to pursue a career in international organizations (World Bank), national governments (Ministry of Development Cooperation, Ministry of the Environment), non-governmental organizations, or internationally oriented consultancy firms.

Examples of functions of recent graduates of this track:

  • Consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank
  • Credit Risk Analyst at FMO
  • Consultant at The World Bank
  • Senior Business Consultant at SimCorp
  • Policy Advisor at CNV
  • Strategy Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group
  • Business Analyst at Argos Energies
  • Consultant at Mercados EMI
  • Business Consultant at First Consulting
  • Analyst at PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC
  • Junior Researcher at the University of Amsterdam
  • Projectleader SEPA at IBC Business Consulting
  • Business Analyst at PostNL
  • Business Analyst Finance and Enterprise Performance at Accenture
  • Consultant at Steward Redqueen
  • Junior Consultant at ECORYS
  • Financial-Economic Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment
  • Research Consultant at Digitalis Ltd

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