- Professor in Development Economics, School of Business and Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
- Executive Board Member, AIGHD
- Research fellow, Amsterdam Center for World Food Studies
- Research fellow, Tinbergen Institute
Wendy Janssens (PhD) is a professor in development economics. She is affiliated as a senior research fellow with the AIGHD, and as a research fellow at the Tinbergen Institute and the Amsterdam Center for World Food Studies (ACWFS). Previously, she held visiting positions at the World Bank Development Economics Research Group in Washington, DC, and the Center for the Evaluation of Development Policies, IFS, London.
She has received numerous research grants, including an NWO-Veni grant (2010) to study the interaction between health insurance and microcredit in Sub-Saharan Africa, an NWO-WOTRO grant (2013) to study family planning and women’s empowerment in Mozambique, and a DFID-ESRC grant (2016) to study social norms violence against women and girls in Pakistan. She is also leading Financial and Health Diaries studies in Nigeria and Kenya and studying polygamy and household cooperation.
Her work focuses on econometric and experimental evaluations of the impact of development programmes in the areas of health financing and health behaviour, sexual and reproductive health and HIV/Aids, and women’s empowerment and intra-household decision-making, aiming to understand the behavioural foundations underlying those impacts.
She has extensive experience in designing and coordinating multi-disciplinary mixed-method research programmes to provide rigorous and locally grounded policy advice to national and international organisations and governments (such as Oxfam Novib, PharmAccess Foundation, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the World Bank).