Rakoen Maertens

PhD Researcher in Psychology, University of Cambridge, UK

Rakoen Maertens is a PhD researcher in Psychology at the ​University of Cambridge​, Lab Manager at the ​Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab​, and advisor at the​ Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy​.

He graduated with a Master of Science (summa cum laude with honours) in Experimental Psychology from Ghent University, where he received the ​Best Master Dissertation of Belgium​ ​award by the ​Belgian Association for Psychological Sciences​ and​ Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium​ for his work applying behavioural insights to tackle climate change misinformation.

At Cambridge he co-founded the​ ​Cambridge University Behavioural Insights Team​ and is focusing on making applied science more robust by applying the latest advancements in psychometrics, long-term impact evaluation, and behavioural insights. His pioneering research on the evaluation of the long-term impact of psychological science based interventions led to high-impact publications such as​ ​Long-term effectiveness of inoculation against misinformation: Three longitudinal experiments​, with an Altmetric score of over 900, making it one of the highest impact articles in the ​Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.​ 

He has also been actively involved working on United Nations projects related to the Sustainable Development Goals with experience as ​Head Delegate to the United Nations​, co-founder and advisor to the ​United Nations Association Youth Platform of the United Kingdom​, and co-author of the book ​Gvidilo al la 17 Celoj por Daŭripova Evoluigo de Unuiĝintaj Nacioj​.

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