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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


    Position: I am an assistant professor (U.D.) in the Anthropology of Health. I received my Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology (Human Ecology) at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (UNC-CH, USA), and an M.A. in Social & Organizational Psychology from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. I have been part of the programma group Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body and am affiliated to the Center for Social Sciences and Global Health (SSGH). I am a steering committee member of Share-Net International, a Dutch knowledge platform on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I also am a senior reseacher at UvA's Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) working on mobilising social sciences against epidemic treats trough the EU funded Sonar-Global Project, where I co-lead the Training and Capacity building work package. Over the past years I also have been working with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Through AIGHD I will continue this collaboration until at least 2023 through a ECDC framework contract. Before coming to the UvA, I lived in North Carolina and Tennessee for 13 years, where I worked for NGOs in environmental activism and public health.

    Surprise Ecologies & Temporal Vulnerability: Building on Carole Curmley's historical ecological approach, I conducted multisided PhD fieldwork in the United States on the ethnohistory of surprise and expectations among floodplain residents and mitigation officials. I have explored the relationship between temporality (seen as our human being in time) and emergency preparedness and early warning. Out of this I have neen developing the concept of "temporal vulnerability", which integrates objective, hazards perspectives with an emic focus on meaning and interpretation.

    Health systems and medical anthropology: Combining anthropology, historical ecology and social-demography, I am keen to focus on the interdisciplinary interaction between socio-ecological transformations and expressions of health and wellbeing. This includes research concerning the mediating role of community health workers linking neighborhoods or villages with clinical or public health care, health system resilience in the face of disasters, preparedness and response to infectious treats, human resources for health, and concepts and practices of care outside biomedical contexts. I have been collaborating with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labor Studies (AIAS) on wage relevant analysis of human resources for health using the Wage Indicator websurvey.  

    Community health resources and engagement: As a postdoctoral researcher I participated in a 5 year NWO funded project "Developing Sustainable Community Health Resources in Poor Settings in Uganda" in the District of Luwero. This project studied how indigenous roles and networks self-orgnanize health services and care. As a result of this, I have continued to study community health resources and engagement, through projects with for example the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) emergency preparedness section and the Malaria Zero consortium in Haiti. I have been leading the development of a European guidance on communtiy engagement for preparedness and response against infectious treats for all member states.

    Human rights to health and SRHR: I have long been involved with HIV research. Most recently I worked with the global human rights to health program "Bridging the Gaps" led by the Dutch Aids Foundation. This project focuses on the human rights to health for drug users, sex workers and LGBT populations in 16 countries and is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I have been Chair of the Share-Net International operational research group and am currently a steering committee member of this SRHR knowledge platform.

    Teaching: I am currently teaching the undergraduate research methods classes for Anthropology students. I have taught the core course for the interdisciplinary undergraduate minor (and ASW domain) "Global Health, Care and Society", facilitate global health student internships, and coordinate the Global Health, Development and Care master course at the Masters Medical Anthropology and Sociology (MAS). I have also taught courses in UvA Anthropology undergraduate program--such as the Anthropology of Disasters, Introduction to Medical Anthropology, and various writing seminars. I supervises students from various departments in topics related to global health, medical anthropology, human resources for health, historical and human ecology, disasters and emergency management, and program evaluation.

    Applied research: Previous to working at the UvA (since 2010), I worked as coordinator for an Eastern Tennessee environmental NGO alliance, Research Associate at UNC-CH's Center for Urban and Regional Studies doing mostly applied research on disaster risk mitigation (e.g. buyout programmes). After obtaining my PhD, I worked as Monitoring, Evaluation, and as Research Manager for the $450 million USAID's Human Resources for Health Capacity Project at IntraHealth International. During my doctoral studies I was a predoctoral socio-demographic trainee at UNC-CH's leading Carolina Population Center where I conducted studies on Turkana herd demography and Indian masculinities.

    And finally: Life is better with good music, a windsurfboard, and some compassion and care for all other beings with which we share this planet. 

    My profile at Reserchgate

    Sonar-Global - Mobilizing social sciences against infectious threats and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

    Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development

    Share-Net International

    World Health Organization SocialNET

    Developing sustainable community health resources in poor settings in Uganda (CoHeRe)

    Bridging the Gaps: Health and Rights for Key Populations

    IntraHealth Human Resources for Health Capacity Project

  • Publications


    • Musinguzi, L. K., Rwemisisi, J. T., Turinawe, B. E., de Vries, D. H., de Groot, M., Muhangi, D., ... Pool, R. C. (2020). Beyond solidarity and mutual aid: Tension and conflict in burial groups in rural Uganda. International Social Work.
    • de Vries, D. H., Kinsman, J., Takacs, J., Tsolova, S., & Ciotti, M. (2020). Methodology for assessment of public health emergency preparedness and response synergies between institutional authorities and communities. BMC Health Services Research, 20(411), 1. [411 (2020)].





    • Turinawe, E. B., Rwemisisi, J. T., Musinguzi, L. K., de Groot, M., Muhangi, D., Mafigiri, D. K., ... 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., ... 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., ... 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., ... 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). London: 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). Rio de Janeiro: 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]


    • Pols, A. J., & de Vries, D. H. (Eds.) (2020). Effecten van sociale afstand op kwetsbare groepen in Nederland. UvA e.v.a.
    • de Vries, D. H. (Author), Spaan, V. (Author), & Hofstraat, K. (Author). (2020). COVID-19 as analogy for antimicrobial resistance. Web publication/site, Somatosphere. Retrieved from


    • 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].


    • de Vries, D. H., Kinsman, J., Cremers, A. L., Rios Sandoval, M., Takacs, J., Ciotti, M., & Tsolova, S. (2020). Community engagement for public health events caused by communicable disease threats in the EU/EEA. Stockholm, Sweden: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.


    • Bardosh, K., de Vries, D., Stellmach, D., Abramowitz, S., Thorlie, A., Cremers, L., & Kinsman, J. (2019). Towards People-Centered Epidemic Preparedness and Response: From Knowledge to Action. (Social Science Research). London: Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness. [details]
    • Kinsman, J., de Vries, D. H., Cremers, A. L., & Rios Sandoval, M. (2019). Community and institutional public health emergency preparedness synergies – enablers and barriers. Case studies on acute gastroenteritis in two EU/EEA Member States. Stockholm, Sweden: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.


    • 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). Solna: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. [details]


    • de Vries, D. H., Brenman, N. F., & Tang, J. (2015). Effective collaboration in partnerships for health and human rights: lessons from the Bridging the Gaps programme. (Bridging the Gaps: health and rights for key populations). Amsterdam: Aids Fonds and University of Amsterdam. [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). Geneva: World Health Organization.


    • de Vries, D. (2020). Social Impact of Physical Distance of Vulnerabel 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. (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.


    • de Vries, D. (2017-2019). Sharenet International - International Board.
    • de Vries, D. (2014-2016). Chair Operational Research Committee, Sharenet International.

    Media appearance

    • de Vries, D. (21-03-2020). Kan onze maatschappij deze klappen aan? [Print] Het Parool. Kan onze maatschappij deze klappen aan?.

    Talk / presentation

    • de Vries, D. (speaker) (5-12-2018). Decision Making and Community Engagement: Case study on a 2016 tick-borne encephalitis event in the Netherlands, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
    • de Vries, D. (speaker) (12-12-2017). One-Health reflections from community preparedness case studies, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
    • de Vries, D. (speaker) (16-2-2016). Blind spots in preparedness planning: an anthropological perspective: Identifying and addressing knowledge gaps, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.


    • 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. Chapel Hill: Proquest Umi Dissertation Publishing.
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  • Ancillary activities
    • AIGHD