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Sem Duijndam is a PhD Candidate at the department of Environmental Economics of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He obtained a BSc in Economics, a Research Master in European Studies, and an MSc in Environment and Resource Management.

In his PhD research, he studies the main drivers of adaptation and migration decisions of coastal residents under long-term sea-level rise and extreme flood events.

Sem’s research interests also lie in ecosystem services and their valuation, and public attitudes towards environmental change, in particular climate change.


Environmental economics; behavioural economics; climate policy; risk behaviour; ecosystem services.


2019: MSc in Environment and Resource Management (Cum Laude), Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

2019: MSc in European Studies (Research Master, Cum Laude), Maastricht University.

2016: BSc in Economics and Business Economics (Cum Laude), Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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