Joanke van Dijk – ESR 13 – Utrecht University (Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development)

Forecasting future changes in chemical risks in urban and agricultural systems and assessing mitigation possibilities (WP6)

Joanke is an Environmental Scientist holding an MSc degree in Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University, the Netherlands.  During her studies, she focused on both human and environmental toxicology, i.a. by completing internships at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS, Utrecht, NL) business unit of Toxicology, Novel Foods & Agro Chains at RIKILT (Wageningen, NL) and at the Department of Bioanalytical Ecotoxicology at the UFZ (Leipzig, DE) to gain a better understanding on the effects of chemicals on both human and environmental health. After finishing her MSc degree, she also gained experience in the environmental risk assessment of pharmaceuticals at the RIVM (Bilthoven, NL) and of pesticides at the European Food Safety Authority (Parma,  IT).

Joanke started in March 2019 with her PhD project at the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development (Utrecht University) and at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (University of Amsterdam). Her PhD project aims to get an insight into the future risks of chemicals and the implementation of possible mitigation options (both technical and non-technical) to improve surface- and groundwater quality.

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ECORISK2050 publications

van Dijk, J., Dekker, S. C., Kools, S. A., & van Wezel, A. P. (2023). European-wide spatial analysis of sewage treatment plants and the possible benefits to nature of advanced treatment to reduce pharmaceutical emissionsWater Research, 120157.

van Dijk, J., Figuière, R., Dekker, S. C., van Wezel, A., & Cousins, I. T. (2023). Managing PMT/vPvM Substances in Consumer Products through the Concepts of Essential-use and Functional Substitution: a Case-Study for Cosmetics. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts.

van Dijk, J., Flerlage, H., Beijer, S., Slootweg, J. C., & van Wezel, A. P. (2022). Safe and sustainable by design: A computer-based approach to redesign chemicals for reduced environmental hazardsChemosphere, 134050.

van Dijk, J., Leopold, A., Flerlage, H., van Wezel, A., Seiler, T. B., Enrici, M. H., & Bloor, M. C. (2021). The EU Green Deal’s ambition for a toxic‐free environment: filling the gap for science‐based policymakingIntegrated Environmental Assessment and Management.

van Dijk, J., Gustavsson, M., Dekker, S.C., van Wezel, A.P. (2021). Towards ‘one substance – one assessment’: An analysis of EU chemical registration and aquatic risk assessment frameworksJournal of Environmental Management280, 111692.