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Dr. D.H. (Danny) de Vries

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body
Photographer: Marten Boekelo

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number: C5.08
Postal address
  • Postbus 15509
    1001 NA Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile


    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 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.

    Danny's profile at Reserchgate
    Video produced by students at the first UNU-EHS Summer Academy for Social Vulnerability: “Global Water Hotspots: Water-related Social Vulnerabilities and Resilience-building.” Hosted by the United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and Munich Re Foundation, July 23-29 2006, at the Munich Re Center in Schloss Hohenkammer, Germany. Parts: 1. Social Vulnerability; 2. Interdisciplinarity?; 3. Communication; 4. Global water hotspots. Video made by Fernando Briones, Laura Lynn Olson, Danny de Vries, Patrick Sakdapolrak. Edited by Danny de Vries.
    Video Danny produced during the UNU-EHS 2006 Summer Academy in Social Vulnerability
  • Publications


    • Masunaga, Y., Muela Ribera, J., Nguyen, T. T., de Vries, D. H., & Peeters Grietens, K. (2023). Why Communities Participate in Malaria Elimination Projects: Case Studies from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Journal of Development Studies.


    • Masunaga, Y., Muela Ribera, J., Jaiteh, F., de Vries, D. H., & Peeters Grietens, K. (2022). Village health workers as health diplomats: negotiating health and study participation in a malaria elimination trial in The Gambia. BMC Health Services Research, 22, [54]. [details]
    • Musinguzi, L. K., Rwemisisi, J. T., Turinawe, B. E., de Vries, D. H., de Groot, M., Muhangi, D., Kaawa-Mafigiri, D. K., Katamba, A., & Pool, R. C. (2022). Beyond solidarity and mutual aid: Tension and conflict in burial groups in rural Uganda. International Social Work, 65(2), 314-327. [details]
    • Van Eijk, M., De Vries, D. H., Sonke, G. S., & Buiting, H. M. (2022). Friendship during patients' stable and unstable phases of incurable cancer: a qualitative interview study. BMJ Open, 12(11), [e058801]. [details]
    • de Vries, D., Pols, J., M'charek, A., & van Weert, J. (2022). The impact of physical distancing on socially vulnerable people needing care during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Netherlands. International Journal of Care and Caring, 6(1-2), 123-140. [details]


    • Hofstraat, K., Spaan, V. F., & De Vries, D. H. (2021). The limited state of training on the social dimensions of antimicrobial resistance. JAC-Antimicrobial Resistance, 3(4), [dlab155].
    • Jaiteh, F., Okebe, J., Masunaga, Y., D'Alessandro, U., Achan, J., Gryseels, C., de Vries, D., Muela Ribera, J., & Peeters Grietens, K. (2021). Understanding adherence to reactive treatment of asymptomatic malaria infections in The Gambia. Scientific Reports, 11, [1746]. [details]
    • Masunaga, Y., Jaiteh, F., Manneh, E., Balen, J., Okebe, J., D'Alessandro, U., Nieto-Sanchez, C., de Vries, D. H., Gerrets, R., Peeters Grietens, K., & Muela Ribera, J. (2021). The Community Lab of Ideas for Health: Community-Based Transdisciplinary Solutions in a Malaria Elimination Trial in The Gambia. Frontiers in Public Health, 9, [637714]. [details]
    • Puzyreva, K., & de Vries, D. (2021). ‘A low and watery place’: A case study of flood history and sustainable community engagement in flood risk management in the County of Berkshire, England. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 52, 1-8. [101980]. [details]
    • Thondoo, M., Rojas-Rueda, D., de Vries, D., Naraynen, N., Nieuwenhuijsen, M. J., & Gupta, J. (2021). Data for a city-level health impact assessment of urban transport in Mauritius. Data in Brief, 34, [106658]. [details]
    • Toro-Alzate, L., Hofstraat, K., & de Vries, D. H. (2021). The Pandemic beyond the Pandemic: A Scoping Review on the Social Relationships between COVID-19 and Antimicrobial Resistance. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(16), [8766]. [details]
    • de Vries, D. H., Kinsman, J., Cremers, A. L., Angrén, J., Ciotti, M., Tsolova, S., Wiltshire, E., & Takacs, J. (2021). Public health preparedness and response synergies between institutional authorities and the community: a qualitative case study of emerging tick-borne diseases in Spain and the Netherlands. BMC Public Health, 21, [1882 ]. [details]
    • van Tilburg, T. G., Steinmetz, S., Stolte, E., van der Roest, H., & de Vries, D. H. (2021). Loneliness and Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Study Among Dutch Older Adults. The Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 76(7), [e249–e255]. [details]






    • Turinawe, E. B., Rwemisisi, J. T., Musinguzi, L. K., de Groot, M., Muhangi, D., Mafigiri, D. K., de Vries, D. H., & Pool, R. (2016). Towards Promotion of Community rewards to Volunteer Community Health Workers? Lessons from Experiences of Village Health Teams in Luwero, Uganda. Research in Health Science, 1(2), 85-97. [details]
    • Turinawe, E. B., Rwemisisi, J. T., Musinguzi, L. K., de Groot, M., Muhangi, D., de Vries, D. H., Mafigiri, D. K., Katamba, A., Parker, N., & Pool, R. (2016). Traditional birth attendants (TBAs) as potential agents in promoting male involvement in maternity preparedness: Insights from a rural community in Uganda. Reproductive Health, 13, [24]. [details]
    • de Vries, D. H., Koppen, L., Mejia Lopez, A., & Foppen, R. (2016). The Vicious Cycle of Stigma and Disclosure in “Self-Management”: A Study among the Dutch HIV Population. AIDS Education and Prevention, 28(6), 485–498. [details]
    • de Vries, D. H., Rwemisisi, J. T., Musinguzi, L. K., Benoni, T. E., Muhangi, D., de Groot, M., Kaawa-Mafigiri, D., & Pool, R. (2016). The first mile: community experience of outbreak control during an Ebola outbreak in Luwero District, Uganda. BMC Public Health, 16, [161]. [details]
    • de Vries, D. H., Steinmetz, S., & Tijdens, K. G. (2016). Does migration ‘pay off’ for foreign-born migrant health workers? An exploratory analysis using the global WageIndicator dataset. Human Resources for Health, 14, [40]. [details]


    • Turinawe, E. B., Rwemisisi, J. T., Musinguzi, L. K., Groot, M., Muhangi, D., de Vries, D. H., Mafigiri, D. K., & Pool, R. (2015). Selection and performance of village health teams (VHTs) in Uganda: lessons from the natural helper model of health promotion. Human Resources for Health, 13, [73]. [details]




    • Pham, H. N., Protsiv, M., Larsson, M., Ho, H. T., de Vries, D. H., & Thorson, A. (2012). Stigma, an important source of dissatisfaction of health workers in HIV response in Vietnam: a qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research, 12, 474. [474]. [details]
    • de Vries, D. H., & Fraser, J. C. (2012). Citizenship rights and voluntary decision making in post-disaster U.S. floodplain buyout mitigation programs. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, 30(1), 1-33. [details]


    • Kick, E. L., Fraser, J. C., McKinney, L. A., & de Vries, D. H. (2011). Repetitive flood victims and acceptance of FEMA mitigation offers: an analysis with community-system policy implications. Disasters, 35(3), 510-539.
    • Newman, C. J., de Vries, D. H., d'Arc Kanakuze, J., & Ngendahimana, G. (2011). Workplace violence and gender discrimination in Rwanda's health workforce: Increasing safety and gender equality. Human Resources for Health, 19(9).
    • de Vries, D. H. (2011). Temporal vulnerability in hazardscapes: flood memory-networks and referentiality along the North Carolina Neuse River (USA). Global Environmental Change, 21(1), 154-164. [details]
    • de Vries, D. H. (2011). Time and population vulnerability to natural hazards: the pre-Katrina primacy of experience. In H. Kopnina, & E. Shoreman-Ouimet (Eds.), Environmental anthropology today (pp. 140-160). Routledge. [details]
    • de Vries, D. H., & Tijdens, K. (2011). Using the wageindicator websurvey to monitor human resources for health. In C. R. Pierantoni, M. R. Dal Poz, & T. França (Eds.), O trabalho em saúde: abordagens quantitativas e qualitativas (pp. 273-289). CEPESC, IMS/UERJ, ObservaRH. [details]
    • de Vries, D. H., Galvin, S., Mhlanga, M., Cindzi, B., & Dlamini, T. (2011). "Othering" the health worker: self-stigmatization of HIV/AIDS care among health workers in Swaziland. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 14, [60]. [details]



    • Giles-Vernick, T., Kutalek, R., Napier, D., Kaawa-Mafigiri, D., Dückers, M., Paget, J., Masud Ahmed, S., Yeong Cheah, P., Desclaux, A., De Vries, D., Hardon, A., MacGregor, H., Pell, C., Rashid, S. F., Rodyna, R., Schultsz, C., Sow, K., & Wilkinson, A. (2019). A new social sciences network for infectious threats. Lancet Infectious Diseases, 19(5), 461-463. [details]
    • Takacs, J., Tsolova, S., Kinsman, J., de Vries, D. H., & Cremers, A. L. (2019). Community engagement in public health emergency preparedness. European Journal of Public Health, 29(Supplement 4), 574. [ckz186.514].


    • Pols, J., M'charek, A., van Weert, J., & de Vries, D. (2021). De impact van COVID-19 op sociaal kwetsbare mensen. In D. de Vries, & L. Muns (Eds.), Kwetsbaar op afstand: Verhalen uit coronatijd (pp. 21-38). Amsterdam University Press. [details]
    • Pols, J., M'charek, A., van Weert, J., & de Vries, D. (2021). Lessen en beleidsaanbevelingen over sociaal kwetsbare mensen uit de eerste COVID-19 periode. In D. de Vries, & L. Muns (Eds.), Kwetsbaar op afstand : Verhalen uit coronatijd (pp. 97-106). Amsterdam University Press. [details]
    • de Vries, D. (2021). Een studie tijdens de eerste COVID-19 periode in Nederland. In D. de Vries, & L. Muns (Eds.), Kwetsbaar op afstand: Verhalen uit coronatijd (pp. 13-20). Amsterdam University Press. [details]
    • de Vries, D. (2021). Nawoord: De spiegel van Daaf. In D. de Vries, & L. Muns (Eds.), Kwetsbaar op afstand: Verhalen uit coronatijd (pp. 107-108). Amsterdam University Press. [details]
    • de Vries, D., & Muns, L. (Eds.) (2021). Kwetsbaar op afstand: Verhalen uit coronatijd. Amsterdam University Press. [details]




    • de Vries, D., Cremers, L., & Kinsman, J. (2018). Synergies in community and institutional public health emergency preparedness for tick-borne diseases in the Netherlands: A case study on tick-borne encephalitis and lyme borreliosis. (Technical report - ECDC). European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. [details]



    • McQuide, P., Settle, D., Abubaker, W., Alsheikh, M., Regina Pierantonin, C., & de Vries, D. H. (2009). Use of administrative data sources for health workforce analysis: multicountry experience in implementation of human resources information systems. In M. R. Dal Poz, N. Gupta, E. Quain, & A. L. Soucat (Eds.), Handbook on Monitoring and Evaluation of Human Resources for Health with special applications for low- and middle-income countries (pp. 113-126). World Health Organization.

    Prize / grant

    • de Vries, D. (2022). Capacity Development for Social Science for Community Engagement in Humanitarian Action.
    • de Vries, D. (2020). Social Impact of Physical Distance of Vulnerable Populations in the Netherlands.
    • de Vries, D. (2019). Determining the gaps in the social science field of epidemic preparedness, response and recovery.
    • de Vries, D. (2019). Supporting EU/EEA, EU pre-accession and neighbouring countries in public health emergency preparedness, LOT 2: Assessment (evaluation) of public health emergency preparedness.
    • de Vries, D. (2018). SoNAR-Global: A Global Social Sciences Network for Infectious Threats and Antimicrobial Resistance.
    • de Vries, D. (2017). Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice: a participatory process to translate research into action.
    • de Vries, D. (2017). Rampsporen: antropologisch veldwerk naar het geheugen van Nederlandse rampen in het landschap.
    • de Vries, D. (2015). Lessons learned on programmatic collaboration between key populations: A case study of BUZA’s Bridging the Gaps – Health and Rights for Key Populations global alliance.
    • de Vries, D. H. (2015). Lessons learned on programmatic collaboration between key populations: A case study of BUZA’s Bridging the Gaps - Health and Rights for Key Populations global alliance.

    Membership / relevant position

    • de Vries, D. (2020-). Member Scientific Committee Netherlands Red Cross, Netherlands Red Cross.
    • de Vries, D. (2017-2019). Sharenet International - International Board.
    • de Vries, D. (2014-2016). Chair Operational Research Committee, Sharenet International.

    Media appearance

    Talk / presentation


    • de Vries, D. (consultant) (30-6-2017 - 31-3-2018). ECDC Case study: Enablers and Barriers for Community and Institutional Public Health Emergency Preparedness Synergies., Umeå University (consultancy).


    • de Vries, D. H. (2008). Temporal Vulnerability: Historical Ecologies of Monitoring, Memory, and Meaning in Changing United States Floodplain Landscapes. Proquest Umi Dissertation Publishing.


    • Vries, D. H. . (2021). Sociale impact van fysieke afstand op kwetsbare populaties tijdens COVID-19 (2020): herhaalde interviews met kwetsbare ouderen en mantelzorgers. EASY.
    • Vries, D. H. ., Kroon, H., Muusse, C. & Planije, M. (2021). Sociale impact van fysieke afstand op kwetsbare populaties tijdens COVID-19 (2020): interviews met dak- en thuislozen, belangenorganisaties en professionals. EASY.
    • Vries, D. H. ., Kwekkeboom, R., van Schravendijk, M., Willems, P., Albers, C. & Christiani, A. (2021). Sociale impact van fysieke afstand op kwetsbare populaties tijdens COVID-19 (2020): herhaalde interviews met mensen met licht verstandelijke en andere beperkingen. EASY.
    • Vries, D. H. ., Bröer, C., Bouw, C., Vlaar, N., Borst, F., de Sauvage Nolting, R. & Veldkamp, G. (2021). Sociale impact van fysieke afstand op kwetsbare populaties tijdens COVID-19 (2020): herhaalde interviews met gezinnen met jonge kinderen. EASY.


    • Vries, D. H. . (2020). Sociale impact van fysieke afstand op kwetsbare populaties tijdens COVID-19 (2020): herhaalde interviews met mensen met ernstige psychische aandoeningen en professionals. EASY.
    • Vries, D. H. . & Steinmetz, S. (2020). Sociale impact van fysieke afstand op kwetsbare populaties tijdens COVID-19 (2020): herhaalde survey data onder bewoners, hun familie en medewerkers van verpleeghuizen en woonzorgcentra. EASY.
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  • Ancillary activities
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