Stijn Hoorens

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Office Director, RAND Europe Brussels, Senior Research Leader
Brussels Office


M.Sc. and B.Sc. in systems engineering, policy analysis, and management, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

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Stijn Hoorens is the director of RAND's Brussels Office and a senior research leader at RAND Europe. He has extensive experience in designing and leading policy studies at RAND for a range of international clients in the private and public sector. His research interests are broad, but most of his work has revolved around issues related to illicit markets, security, demographic issues, emerging technologies, employment and skills.

Prior to joining RAND, Hoorens held research positions at Delft University of Technology and at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). He received his M.Sc. and B.Sc. in systems engineering, policy analysis, and management from Delft University of Technology.

Recent Projects

  • Development of a methodology to measure the market for illicit tobacco
  • Truth Decay in Europe
  • Nowcasting migration using big data
  • Foreign funding of Religious institutions in the Netherlands
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the experiment with legalised cannabis production in the Netherlands

Selected Publications

Retter, Lucia, Erik J. Frinking, Stijn Hoorens, Alice Lynch, Fook Nederveen, and William D. Phillips, Relationships between the economy and national security: Analysis and considerations for economic security policy in the Netherlands, RAND Corporation (RR-4287), 2020

Cristiano Codagnone, Giovanni Liva, Egidijus Barcevičius, Gianluca Misuraca, Luka Klimavičiūtė, Michele Benedetti, Irene Vanini, Giancarlo Vecchi, Emily Ryen Gloinson, Katherine Stewart, Stijn Hoorens, Salil Gunashekar, Assessing the impacts of digital government transformation in the EU, Publications Office of the European Union, 2020

Cloé Gendronneau, Arkadiusz Wiśniowski, Dilek Yildiz, Emilio Zagheni, Lee Fiorio, Yuan Hsiao, Martin Stepanek, Ingmar Weber, Guy Abel, Stijn Hoorens, Measuring Labour Mobility and Migration Using Big Data: Exploring the potential of social-media data for measuring EU mobility flows and stocks of EU movers, RAND Corporation (RR-3045-EC), 2019

Yerushalmi, Erez, Priscillia Hunt, Stijn Hoorens, Christophe Sauboin, and Richard Smith., ""Exploring the Use of a General Equilibrium Method to Assess the Value of a Malaria Vaccine: An Application to Ghana," MDM Policy & Practice, 4(2), 2019

Kruithof, Kristy, Judith Aldridge, David Décary Hétu, Megan Sim, Elma Dujso, and Stijn Hoorens, Internet-facilitated drugs trade: An analysis of the size, scope and the role of the Netherlands, RAND Corporation (RR-1607), 2016

Hoorens, Stijn, Jack Clift, Laura Staetsky, Barbara Janta, Stephanie Diepeveen, Molly Morgan Jones, and Jonathan Grant, Low fertility in Europe: Is there still reason to worry?RAND Corporation (MG-1080), 2011

The RAND Corporation, Understanding illicit drug markets, supply-reduction efforts, and drug-related crime in the European Union, RAND Corporation (TR-755), 2010

MP Connolly, S Hoorens, GM Chambers, "The costs and consequences of assisted reproductive technology: an economic perspective," Human Reproduction Update, 16(6), 2010

Honors & Awards

  • RAND President's Award 2008, RAND Corporation


Dutch; German

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: BBC Five Live; France24; Trouw; VPRO De Ochtenden

Commentary: Bureau of European Policy Advisors Monthly Bulletin; Christian Science Monitor; CNN; E!Sharp; EurActiv; European Voice