Societal Impact Award

The Societal Impact Awards spotlight research being carried out at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam that has an impact on society. The Junior Societal Impact Award is for a PhD candidate who has completed a PhD dissertation at VU Amsterdam within the last year which could have a potentially significant impact on society. The Senior Societal Impact Award is presented to a researcher at VU Amsterdam who has had a longer career and spent several years working on research with a significant societal impact. The awards are presented by the Rector at the annual Dies Natalis celebration.
Winners Junior Societal Impact Award

Botzen, Wouter 80x100The PhD dissertation of Wouter Botzen reviews the vulnerability of the Dutch insurance sector to climate change and investigates whether private insurance packages can participate in anticipating on climate change in The Netherlands. In a societal context, this research is very valuable because it can help the insurance industry to calculate risks and improve protection, but also to deal with the consequences better. This adds to current discussions over the balance between governmental and individual responsibilities.2010
Janssens, Wendy 80x100Wendy Janssens received the Amsterdam Insititute for International Development-Worldbank Award for the best dissertation on international development. With precision and absolute integrity, Janssens set out to quantify development cooperation. Janssens’ work is strongly associated with VU University Amsterdam’s tradition of development economics and development cooperation.2007