Danny de Vries

Danny de Vries

  • Senior Researcher

Danny de Vries holds 20 years of experience in applied research, focusing on topic areas such as emergency preparedness for natural disasters (flood mitigation) and infectious diseases (HIV/AIDS, Lyme Disease/ Tick-borne encephalitis, and norovirus). Danny currently sits on the board of Sharenet International, a knowledge platform for sexual and reproductive health and rights, and is the current Head of the Medical Anthropology and Sociology MSc at the University of Amsterdam. He is also a key member of the AIGHD team. He currently co-leads on capacity building work package for AIGHD’s Horizon 2020-funded program, Global Social Sciences Network for Infectious Threats and Antimicrobial Resistance (SONAR-Global), and is the principal investigator for AIGHD led PrEPArE Consortium (Public Health Emergency Preparedness Assessments for Europe) funded by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Before this, he spent five years as a monitoring and evaluating professional for large global health projects, such as USAID’s funded human resources for health strengthening (The Capacity Project), and human health rights (Bridging the Gaps, Aids Fonds).  As a postdoctoral researcher, he participated in a 5-year NWO-funded project in the District of Luwero, which studied how indigenous roles and networks self-organize health services and care. As a result of this, he has continued to study community health resources and engagement, through projects with for example the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) emergency preparedness section and the Malaria Zero consortium in Haiti.