Societal impact

Dissemination of research and opinion

Ep. 1220 Francisca Vargas Lopes - Estudo avalia modelos de cuidados a longo prazo para pessoas com doença mental grave

Podcast for 90 Segundos de Ciência, in which I summarize the main findins if my research project about long-term mental health care

December 2021, in Portuguese


Blogpost for Smarter Choices for Better Health initiative, about the empirical approach I use in my PhD

July 2021, in English


Opinion piece for Netfarma on the challenges and weaknesses of long-term care in Portugal

July 2020, in Portuguese

Blogpost for APES COVID-19 series about inequalities in the COVID crisis

April 2020, in Portuguese


Projects with Societal Impact

Identifying smarter policies during the COVID-19 crisis to reduce health inequities in Rotterdam

This short-term project (January – July 2021) was funded by the Erasmus Trustfonds through a special call for social economic research on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. The project is highly policy focused and has the main objective of informing local policy-makers am about the equity effects of COVID-19 related policies in Rotterdam. We provide insight on which policies might have widened inequities; what are potential (unintended) distributional effects of mitigation measures implemented and what are the domains that need monitoring and/or further mitigation.

The project is jointly let by Famke Molenberg and I and is part of CEPHIR academic workplace. It takes a pragmatic and policy-focused approach created through the collaboration with a panel of local policy makers, whom we consulted during the project.


Output of this project includes a report but also some dissemination materials summarizing what we did and our key messages:

Short video: English and Dutch versions

Infographic: English and Dutch versions

Concerns and Adjustments - How the Portuguese population met COVID-19

Survey conducted in collaboration with members of the Health Economics & Management Knowledge Center of Nova SBE to evaluate the perceptions and concerns of Portuguese population regarding social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our survey was launched early in March and it was first of its type in Portugal. It included 5 waves and had the objective of providing real-time information to characterize how the Portuguese population was perceiving and reacting to the pandemic and supporting decision-making in public policy. Results were featured in several media outlets including weekly dissemination by one of the most relevant news magazines in Portugal (Visão); and were also used by other researchers in reports.

Media coverage in Portuguese: Diário de Notícias; Visão April 5 April 13 April 19 April 26 May 3 May 10 May 17 May 24 June 2 June 7 June 14