- 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’s research 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 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. At present, she is Professor in Development Economics at The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). She is also an Executive Board member of the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD), and a research fellow at the Tinbergen Institute.
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). Previously, she held visiting positions at the Institute of Fiscal Studies in London, and the World Bank Development Economics Research Group in Washington, DC.