Aline Reichow

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Since September 2011 Aline Reichow is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Behavioural, Management & Social Sciences in the Law and Regulation Group at the University of Twente. Her research centers on the topic of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) regulation at workplaces where nanomaterials are handled. In this context she investigates governance networks that comprise business associations and public policy-makers and their potential for co-regulation of nanomaterials OHS (EU/US comparative case studies). The PhD project is part of the Dutch NanoNextNL program.


Aline is the chair of the monthly research colloquia of the Law and Regulation Group.
For further information please do not hesitate to contact her.


Before joining the Law and Regulation Group, Aline completed a research master in the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University (MSc in 2011) and a bachelor program in the area of cultural studies at Maastricht University (BA in 2009). During her studies she worked as a research assistant and was a member of the editorial board of the online journal Maastricht European Studies Papers (MESP) of the European Studies program. She was also a member of the evaluation team for the study program Arts and Culture.


Daily supervisor: Prof. Dr. Bärbel Dorbeck-Jung
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Nico Groenendijk


Public Administration Master course ‘Current Affairs in Advanced Technology’ (responsible for course design+teaching)


May 2014: Padua University, Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche, Giuridiche e Studi internazionali, Padua, Italy.
Holding a series of seminars on results of my PhD research.

Nov-Dec 2013: Northeastern University, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Boston MA, USA.
Dissertation research.




  • Co-Regulation of Nanomaterials: On Collaborative Business Association Activities directed at Contributing to Occupational Health and Safety (forthcoming 2014). In Bowman, D.M., Stokes, E. & Rip, A. (Eds.). Embedding and Governing New Technologies: A Regulatory, Ethical & Societal Perspective. Singapore: Pan Stanford
  • Reichow, A & Dorbeck-Jung, B. (2013). How Can We Characterize Nano-Specific Soft Regulation? Lessons From Occupational Health and Safety Governance. In Kornelia Konrad, Christopher Coenen, Anne Dijkstra, Colin Milburn, and Harro van Lente (Eds.). Shaping Emerging Technologies: Governance, Innovation, Discourse. Berlin: IOS Press / AKA, pp. 83-102.


  • Reichow, A & Bowman, DM (forthcoming). Changing roles of non-governmental organizations in the governance of nanomaterials in the occupational health and safety environment. Paper presentation at the S.Net 6th Annual Meeting, 21-24 September 2014, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany.
  • Reichow, A (forthcoming). Scientific uncertainty in regulation: On the role of trust in effective co-regulation of nanomaterials. Paper presented at the 5th Biennial Conference of the ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance, 25-27 June 2014, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionales, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Reichow, A (2013). A theoretical framework for evaluating the effectiveness of governance activities by business associations aimed at supporting occupational health and safety in the chemical industry. S.NET 5th Annual Meeting, 27-30 October 2013, Northeastern University, Boston, USA.
  • Reichow, A (2012). Investigating the effectiveness of soft nano-regulation in an ocean of uncertainty. Paper presented at the UCSIA academic workshop Risk and Uncertainty in Changing Society, 21-23 November 2012, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium.
  • Reichow, A & Dorbeck-Jung, B (2012). Soft regulation instruments for safeguarding occupational health and safety in the work with nanomaterials: the use of a typology. Paper presented at the S.NET 4th Annual Meeting, 22-25 October 2012, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands.
  • Reichow, A & Dorbeck-Jung, B (2012). Discovering specific conditions for compliance with soft regulation related to work with nanomaterials. Paper presented at the 4th Biennial Conference of the ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance, 27-29 June 2012, University of Exeter, Exeter, Great Britain.
  • Reichow A & Dorbeck-Jung, B (2012). Investigating the Effectiveness of Soft Regulation on Occupational Health and Safety Issues Related to Nanomaterials. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of The Law and Society Association, 5-8 June 2012, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawai’I, USA.



  • Institute of Innovation and Governance (IGS), University of Twente: Research Travel Grant (2013)
  • Maastricht University: Top 3% Scholarship (2009/2010)


  • 12-13 February 2014: Seminar Stand der Sicherheitsbewertung von Nanomaterialien, DECHEMA e.V., Frankfurt a.M., Germany.
  • 12-13 October 2013: Kick-off meeting Interdisciplinary Network for Studies Investigating Science and Technology (INSIST), Bielefeld University, Germany.
  • 17-18 January 2013: Annual Conference of the Dutch/Flemish Law & Society Association (Vereniging voor de Sociale Bestudering van het Recht), Doorn, The Netherlands.
  • 27-28 November 2012: BAuA workshop on Safe handling of nanomaterials at workplaces, BAuA Berlin, Germany.
  • 9 November 2012: NanoNextNL RATA Meeting, RIVM, The Netherlands.
  • 18 October 2012: IGS PhD Day 2012, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands.
  • 25 May 2012: International conference on Judicial and Quasi-Judicial Independence, Groningen, The Netherlands.
  • 15 March 2012: Expert Meeting on Binding Corporate Rules – Implementing Legal Innovations, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 29 November 2011: Working with Nanomaterials: A seminar on policy, practice and the role of public authorities in dealing with uncertain risks, Brussels, Belgium.
  • 25 November 2011: Netherlands National NanoCode Conference: Supporting Strategies for responsible Nanotechnologies, Delft, The Netherlands.
  • 20-21 October 2011: Nanoethics 2011, Warsaw, Poland.
  • 17-18 October 2011: 4. NRW Nano-Konferenz, Dortmund, Germany.
  • 29 September 2011: Nanocode International Conference: Promoting Responsible Innovation – The Future of the European Code of Conduct for Nanotechnologies, Brussels, Belgium.