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Wendy Janssens is Professor in Development Economics. She is Executive Board member of the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD), and research fellow at the Tinbergen Institute. Previously, she held visiting positions at the Institute of Fiscal Studies in London, and the World Bank Development Economics Research group in Washington, DC.

She has received numerous research grants, including a DFID-ESRC grant to study social norms and violence against women and girls in Pakistan, an NWO-Wotro grant to study family planning, HIV/AIDS and women’s empowerment in Mozambique, and an NWO-VENI grant to study the interaction between health insurance and microfinance in Sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, she is leading amongst others an interdisciplinary research programme on mobile technology and universal health coverage for mothers and children in Kenya.

She has extensive experience in designing and coordinating multi-disciplinary research programmes to provide rigorous and locally grounded policy advice to national and international organisations as well as governments (such as Oxfam Novib, PharmAccess Foundation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the World Bank).


Behavioral, experimental and micro-econometric analyses of (i) access to health care and health insurance, (ii) global mental health, (iii) sexual and reproductive health (iv) intra-household decision-making, polygamy, and domestic violence.


VU Minor in Health Care and Health Management (BSc): Global Health Economics
VU Economics (BSc): Thesis supervision
VU Economics (MSc): Research project; Policy seminar; Thesis supervision
Tinbergen Institute (MPhil): Development Economics

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Academic qualification

Development Economics, PhD, Vrije Universiteit - Tinbergen Institute

Award Date: 23 May 2007

Business Economics, Master, Maastricht University

Award Date: 30 Jun 1998

Culture, Psychology and Psychiatry, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research

Medical Anthropology on Sexual and Reproductive Health / HIV , Amsterdam Institute for Social Sciences Research

User created Keywords

  • Global health economics
  • Mental health
  • Women's empowerment
  • Fertility
  • HIV/Aids
  • Sub-Sarahan Africa
  • Intra-household decision-making
  • Health insurance
  • Polygamy
  • Child marriage
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Nigeria
  • Kenya
  • Namibia
  • Tanzania
  • India
  • SRHR
  • Domestic violence


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