Michel Dückers

Dr. Michel Dückers is a senior researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL) and Programme Coordinator crises and disasters at Impact, the Dutch national knowledge and advice centre for psychosocial care and safety concerning critical incidents. In his research a focus is placed on health effects and the quality of aftercare in a disaster context. Michel has been involved in recent European projects aimed at optimizing the quality of post-disaster psychosocial support (e.g. OPSIC, EUTOPA and CBRN) and is an advisor for national and local governments in the event of calamities. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration (Twente University) and a PhD in Social and Behavioural Sciences. (Utrecht University). Michel approaches his area of focus, a domain strongly rooted in epidemiology and mental health care research, from an interdisciplinary perspective encompassing less traditional disciplines such as public administration, organizational studies and implementation science. Relevant themes: consequences of disasters for individuals and groups; outcomes of support and care; performance of professionals and volunteers, functioning of organizational systems and programmes; and societal vulnerability. Michel publishes frequently on these themes and their intersections in international journals and books.