Daniel de Vries (Danny) is an associate professor (U.D. I) in the Anthropology of Health. He received his Ph.D. in Human Ecology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (UNC-CH, USA), after obtaining M.A.'s in Cultural Anthropology at UNC-CH and Social & Organizational Psychology (with a cognitive science minor) at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He is part of the programme group Health, Care and the Body at the Department of Anthropology at the UvA and a Research Fellow at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD).
After studying landscape psychology in the Netherlands with Prof. Agnes van den Berg, his profesional career started as coordinator of a bioregional nonprofit in Knoxville Tennessee. He was admitted to the Anthropology Department at UNC-CH where he conducted graduate studies in historical ecology with Prof. Carole Crumley and completed his PhD research on history and memory in floodplains, developing the notion of temproal vulnerabiltiy based on the experience of collective surprise. He also participated in several applied research projects in the field of flood risk mitigation (e.g. buyouts) and climate change for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the UNC-CH Center for Urban and Regional Studies. During his doctoral studies he was a predoctoral socio-demographic trainee at UNC-CH's leading Carolina Population Center where he conducted studies on Turkana herd demography, the impact of Hurricane Floyd on the USA census, and Indian masculinities in the context of HIV/AIDS.
After obtaining his doctorate, Dr. De Vries worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at IntraHealth International in the field of global health for the USAID funded Capacity Project which focused on human resources for health strengthening. He returned back to the Netherlands where he worked on health worker migration and the WageIndicator Project at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labor Studies as a postdoctoral scholar, and later on a NWO funded project on community health resources in Uganda with Dr. Robert Pool (CoHeRe) as a Assistant Professor at the Anthropology Department. He also worked as monitoring and evaluation professional for the global human rights to health program Bridging the Gaps led by the Dutch Aids Foundation.
More recently he has been involved with the mobilisation of social sciences in epidemic treats as a consultant for the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and member of the COVID19 WHO social science technical group. For ECDC he conducted several After Action Reviews on long-term facilities and school, as well as post-outbreak assessment (TBE, norovirus) in multiple European countries. He also co-lead Training and Capacity building on antimicrobial resistance for the EU funded Sonar-Global Project and coordinated part of the UNICEF social science for community engagement initiative. In the Netherlands, he led a consortium of researchers for a Dutch ZonMw funded project on the impact of physical distance on socially vulnerable populations in the Netherlands, including its derived more general knowledge platform coronatijden.nl. He is involved with several RIVM initiatives exploring better integration of social and behavioral science in preparedness and response.
Danny' general professional orientation is as an applied social scientist. He has specific interest in the relationship between health and ecology, with theoretical contributions including the notion of temporal vulnerability, a systemic vulnerability enacted through compromised human expectations and traceable through experiences of surprise. His applied work includes mixed-method approaches, including participatory action research, after action reviews, qualitative and ethnographic research, monitoring and evaluation, and quantitative and geographic analysis.
Danny's management experience includes a board membership of the Share-Net International knowledge platform, coordinating the Global Health minor for the UvA General Social Sciences Bachelor degree for several years, and Directorship of the Master of Medical Anthropology and Sociology. He has taught courses in global health, ecological anthropology, disasters and outbreaks response, medical anthropology, and research methodology.