You will study the economic costs and benefits of national and EU-wide policy and regulation pathways to reduce the risks of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), including ‘forever chemicals’ like pfas. The economic analysis will be based on data collection using surveys, interviews and choice experiments to measure public awareness, experience, perceptions, attitudes, and sense of urgency related to the risks of EDCs. Choice experiments will be used to (i) assess public willingness to change lifestyles or behavioural patterns leading to adverse health outcomes and (ii) test different risk communication strategies on risk behaviour targeting different socioeconomic and sociocultural risk profiles. The latter aims to assess social inequalities for future policy and regulation development.
You will work in a new Horizon Europe project that starts in 2024, and investigates EDCs as contributors to progression of metabolic dysfunction-associated steatotic liver disease. This disease is increasing rapidly worldwide, affecting up to a third of the global population, in parallel with rising rates of diabetes and obesity. The project brings together scientists and practitioners from 9 different European countries. VU Amsterdam’s Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) leads the work package on socio-economic and behavioural approaches, and is responsible for assessing public support to eliminate EDCs from European markets in line with relevant EU legislation. The project builds on capacity in this specific field in the Institute for Environmental Studies’ Environmental Economics department, and includes close collaboration with the Economics department at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Your duties
- research towards writing a PhD thesis
- contributing to project tasks, such as organising workshops and data collection