About

The goal of the Student Consultancy Hub is to stimulate research on sustainability topics at the VU. We do this by sourcing research questions from within the VU and from external organisations. These research questions are then matched with the right staff and students, to create opportunities for theses and coursework based on “real-world” problems. 

Thus, we provide a tailor-made matching service that…

  • Allows students to create meaningful impact through their work,
  • Grants organisations access to motivated students,
  • And helps guide the VU and its surrounding community to a more sustainable future. 

You could call the SCH a “connection point” for the multiple parties involved…

This year, our focus is largely on connecting the VU to its wider Amsterdam community. Through partnerships with Gemeente Amsterdam and Net Impact Amsterdam, we try to achieve this goal. 

Current partnerships:

  • Partnership for Academic Impact Research (PAIR): This partnership between GO.VU and Net Impact Amsterdam aims to facilitate the connection between professionals in the field and  students at the VU. You can find out more about the initiative here
  • Gemeente Amsterdam: What better place for ambitious students to start changing the world than their local government? Gemeente Amsterdam offers internship placement for one VU student on a pilot-project basis. 

Getting Involved

Want to get involved? 

Whoever you are, we would love to hear from you!

Students: Are you a VU student eager to make an impact for a more sustainable future through your (thesis) research? Send us an email or stop by the office to discuss the options!

VU Staff: Do you need research-backed support to change something un-sustainable in your department? Do you see problems at the VU that could be solved through research-backed solutions? We can discuss how to convert your concerns into a research question that can be tackled by a student at the VU. Get in touch!

External (non-VU) parties: Are you (a member of) an organisation with complex questions regarding sustainability? Or, do you have access to such organisations? Through the SCH, we can tweak your research questions and match them to students from a vast range of faculties. Your questions could be turned into bachelor or master thesis research questions, or they could be included in yearly coursework. We are open to new partnerships. Get in touch and let’s discuss the options!

Thesis supervisors: Do you work in the fields of sustainability or climate change, and regularly supervise B- or M-theses? Are you open to collaboration? We would love to add you to our network!

Get in touch by emailing Sarah Elkan at Research@greenofficevu.nl or stop by the Office for a chat!

PAST CASES

From True Price:

Early in 2018, a group of students introduced to True Price by the Green Office VU Consultancy Hub supported us in a stakeholder management project on the role of the Dutch food system in achieving the food-related SDGs.

 The students participated in the project as a part of their course in Multi-stakeholder management within their MBA focusing on Strategy and Organization.

The students were extremely motivated to dive right into the topic and were able to add a new perspective using their background in stakeholder theory. Overall, the collaboration was a very positive experience, both concerning the driven and professional way in which the students worked on the project, as well as regarding the results in a tailored report on top of their course deliverables.

– Floor van den Elzen, True Price

You can find out more information about the work of True Price here, and about the SDG Food Initiative here