I am a PhD researcher in the department of Environmental Economics of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. My main interests are experimental economics and behavioral economics. My PhD project aims at improving individual flood-preparedness by finding the determinants of individual decisions to invest in flood damage mitigation measures.

I have a research master in Neuroeconomics from Maastricht University, with a particular focus on experimental economics and behavioural economics. My MSc thesis examined the possibilities of virtual reality (VR) as a new tool in experimental economics.

My supervisors are Wouter Botzen and Julia Blasch. I expect to complete my PhD at the end of 2020.


  • Experimental Economics
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Virtual Reality


  • MSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience (Research Master, Neuroeconomics), 2016

    Maastricht University

  • BSc in Liberal Arts & Sciences (Social Sciences), 2014

    Tilburg University

Recent Publications

(2020). Insights into flood risk misperceptions of homeowners in the Dutch river delta. Risk Analysis.


(2020). Risk reduction in compulsory disaster insurance: Experimental evidence on moral hazard and financial incentives. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics.


(2020). (Not) alone in the world: Cheating in the presence of a virtual observer. Experimental Economics.


(2019). Goggles in the lab: Economic experiments in immersive virtual environments. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics.


(2018). Behavioral motivations for self-insurance under different disaster risk insurance schemes. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.


Work in progress

Tropical Cyclone Severity Scale

Adequately reflecting the severity of tropical cyclones using the new Tropical Cyclone Severity Scale. With Nadia Bloemendaal, Hans de Moel, Priscilla Bosma, Amy Polen and Jennifer Collins.

After the virtual flood

After the virtual flood. Virtual reality experiment on flooding experiences with Wouter Botzen and Julia Blasch.

Changing diets

Changing diets - Testing the impact of knowledge and information nudges on sustainable dietary choices. With Meike Morren, Julia Blasch and Žiga Malek.

Social norms for flood preparedness

All by myself? Testing descriptive social norm-nudges to increase flood preparedness among homeowners. With Wouter Botzen, Julia Blasch, Elissa Kranzler and Howard Kunreuther.

Recent & Upcoming Talks

ESA 2020 (online)

Presentation at the 2020 ESA Online Global Around-The-Clock-Meetings.

SABE 2020 (online)

Presentation at the Annual Conference SABE (Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economisc) 2020 on Behavioural Economics (online due to COVID-19).

BIT Bühne gedrag en klimaat

Hoe stimuleer je klimaatbewust gedrag? Het Behavioral Insights Team (BIT) van IenW bestaat uit teamleden met een achtergrond in de gedragssociologie, -psychologie en – economie. Het team werkt vanuit een aantal prioritaire werkpakketten, zoals groene mobiliteit en klimaatadaptatie.

Experimental Economics for the Environment (poster)

Presentation at the EEE workshop in Heidelberg

NoBeC 2019 (poster)

Norms and Behavioral Change Workshop 2019


Environmental Economics for ERM (AM_468060)

This graduate course gives an introduction to the economic analysis of environmental problems for students in the MSc programme Environmental and Resource Management (ERM). I teach tutorials and interactive events, such as classroom games. I give an (online) lecture about experimental economics. I created assignments and assist in grading.

Water Economics (AM_1167)

This graduate course familiarizes MSc Hydrology students with the economic analysis of water-related problems and solutions. I helped with the computer lab sessions in which students get familiar with statistical analysis using R.

Theses supervision

MSc. Environmental and Resource Management (ERM), L. Braconi, 2020.
MSc. Environmental and Resource Management (ERM), A. Carvallo, 2019.
BSc. Earth & Economics, A. Molenaar, 2018.