Societal impact

Dissemination of research and opinion

Interview for Smarter Choices for Better Health, on my 5-month period at the OECD.

December 2022, in English

Opinion piece on about the need of bringing mental health policy into labour, education and welfare domains.

July 2022, in Portuguese

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