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Prof. Michel Dückers, PhD
Coordinator research program Disasters and Environmental Hazards; endowed professor 'Crises, safety and health', University of Groningen, the Netherlands


Michel Dückers is research program coordinator Disasters and Environmental Hazards. The focus of his research is on (1) safety and health effects of exposure to disasters, crises and other environmental hazards; (2) The optimal response by governments, public and private organizations, civil society and citizens before, during and after the exposure/crisis.

His research fits within a long history of health monitoring and evaluation research at Nivel, depending heavily on routinely registered health data by general practices across the Netherlands (Nivel Primary Care Database).

Michel has been involved in recent European projects aimed at optimizing the management of public health crises and vulnerability reduction, with an emphasis on topics such as health monitoring and surveillance, post-disaster mental health and psychosocial support, infectious disease threats and health care for refugees.

Michel is an advisor for national and local governments in the event of public health crises.



Since December 2020 Michel is endowed professor at the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences of the University of Groningen and at ARQ Centre of Expertise for the impact of Disasters and Crises. The chair 'Crises, Safety and Health' has been organized in collaboration with ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Netherlands Institute for Health Research Services Research (Nivel) and the Netherlands Institute for Public Safety (NIPV).
Michel is visiting professor at the University of Innsbruck.

Michel holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration (Twente University) and a PhD in Social and Behavioural Sciences (Utrecht University), and completed his habilitation in Clinical Psychology and Methodology (University of Innsbruck).

Memberships/external committees

Member of World Association of Disaster and Emergency Management (WADEM)
Member of European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS)
Member of editorial board Nursing & Health Sciences (Wiley)
Member of WHO Thematic Platform for Health-Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Research (Health-EDRM)