NWO Veni grants for seven young Rotterdam researchers

Seven promising young scientists from Erasmus University Rotterdam have been awarded a Veni grant of up to 250,000 euro from The Dutch Research Council (NWO). Bastian Ravesteijn, Chen Li, Krzysztof Postek, Mariëlle Beenackers, Pieter van den Berg, Simone Dalm and Thomas Lambertare have received the Veni funding to further develop their ideas over the next three years.

This year, Erasmus School of Economics has three Laureates recently gaining PhDs, with Rotterdam School of Management and Erasmus MC each having two. The research themes include access to mental healthcare, gender equality, machine learning in optimisation problems and mental health following urbanisation.

The Rotterdam Laureates are:

  • Dr Bastian Ravesteijn: Improving access to mental healthcare
    Some people with a psychological disorder receive insufficient care, while others receive too much care. Ravesteijn’s research used the introduction of the Personal Contribution as a natural experiment. Using statistical methods, he is researching the extent to which personal payments can result in optimum access to mental healthcare.

    Erasmus School of Economics

  • Dr Chen Li: Entrapped in gender stereotypes?
    The quest for gender equality appears to be more difficult than at first thought, partly because of the hidden nature of stereotyping. Li uses behavioural-economic techniques to combat stereotyping. She will be introducing a new measure of stereotyping and the welfare costs of stereotyping, will identify the causes of stereotyping and introduce new techniques to reduce stereotyping.

    Erasmus School of Economics

  • Dr Krzysztof Postek: Resolving large-scale optimisation problems with machine learning
    Optimisation at times of uncertainty, such as schedules for public transport providers or protection from floods, comprise successive decision-making and information inflow. Solutions need to achieve high performance levels, and decisions need to be adapted according to the latest information. Postek’s goal is robust optimisation combined with machine learning.

    Erasmus School of Economics

  • Dr Mariëlle Beenackers: How urbanisation influences mental health
    More and more people are living in cities. To accommodate everyone, people are living closer to each other. How healthy is that? With the help of residents and innovative methods, the research identifies the impact of recent urbanisation in the Randstad in the Netherlands on mental health.

    Erasmus MC

  • Dr Pieter van den Berg: Better support in cases of need
    For service providers such as ambulance services and roadside assistance, the service involves bringing the right assistance to a location as quickly as possible. Van den Berg is developing models to improve this service provision through improved distribution and allocation of vehicles across the region.

    Rotterdam School of Management

  • Dr Simone Dalm: How can early treatment influence the success of radionuclide imaging and therapy
    Prostate and breast cancer can be visualised and treated with focused radioactive molecules. The result of this can be influenced by previous treatments. Dalm’s research shows the influence of previous treatments and helps to determine when and in whom radioactive molecules can best be used.

    Erasmus MC

  • Dr Thomas Lambert: Financial supervisory authorities and political dynamics
    Following the crisis, most central banks were given explicit responsibilities with respect to financial stability. This made them more sensitive to political pressure. Lambert is analysing the political dynamics around central banks and the impact on financial stability. The research uses new data sources and advanced statistical methods.

    Rotterdam School of Management

  • The Veni is awarded annually by NWO. Together with Vidi and Vici, Veni forms part of the NWO Innovation Impulse. Veni focuses on excellent researchers who have recently gained PhDs.

    A total of 1,151 researchers submitted a research project for funding in this Veni round. 166 of these have now been granted. The requests were assessed via peer review by external experts from the relevant specialist fields. In this Veni round, NWO is investing a total of 41.5 million euro in independent and curiosity-driven research.

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