Dr.ir. R. Nahuis (Roel)

photo Roel Nahuis

Ravelijn room RA 4270


  • Roel Nahuis
  • MB-STePS
  • PO Box 217
  • 7500 AE Enschede

E-mail: r.nahuis (at) utwente.nl
Telephone: (053) 489 3347
Fax: (053) 489 2159


Roel Nahuis (1973) works as a postdoctoral research fellow at the STePS unit and at Innovation Studies Utrecht. He was trained as a philosopher of science, technology and society and also studied mechanical engineering. He worked as a researcher and research advisor in the field of energy research. In 2006 he finished his PhD thesis on the democratic evaluation of innovation processes in public transport at Utrecht University. In Utrecht he currently performs research into user producer interaction in functional genomics (see website).


Current research examines genomics developments in healthcare in comparison to clinical genetics. Knowledge and medical applications of genomics come about in different ways than was the case in clinical genetics in the past. Genomics research takes place in large-scale international cooperation in which both public authorities and private companies are heavily investing. It focuses on common diseases in which multiple genes and environmental factors play a role, whereas traditional clinical genetic testing is mainly concerned with rare hereditary diseases related to changes in a single gene. Much more than in clinical genomics, genetics research is oriented at patients and families in the clinic.

The first hypothesis is that the emergence of genomics not only redefines the research agenda, but also involves a transformation of the ‘innovation regime’ that provides orientation and coordination to research practices. The second hypothesis is that this regime transformation also implies new ways of ‘valorization’. Valorization, the way in which research is translated into applications, tends to become defined in terms of commercially viable applications rather than in terms of direct clinical relevance.

This project examines how innovations in genomics research are shaped and how the notion of valorization acquires specific meanings in these processes. Which stakeholders are involved? How do they influence the production of knowledge? What does valorization mean in practice? The aim is to reflect on how valorization within the Netherlands Genomics Initiative (NGI) is performed and to what extent that meets with existing expectations about the social relevance of genomics in healthcare.

The research is performed together with Dirk Stemerding and funded by the Centre for Society and Genomics (CSG).


Teaching activities of Roel Nahuis include coordination of PhD researchers, master thesis co-supervision, and tutorials on innovation strategy, innovation systems, technology policy analysis, and innovation projects for Science & Innovation Management students, Utrecht University.

Other activities

Roel Nahuis was co-organiser of the Corsage Workshop ‘Contingencies of genomics - finding roads into the future’ (Utrecht, 2007) and the 4S/EASST session ‘Different kinds of translation - how genomics challenges health care’ (Rotterdam, 2008). He performed acquisition activities on behalf of Senter-Novem and Utrecht University and is a reviewer for diverse academic journals. Sportive activities include road cycling, futsal, ice skating and running.


  • Cooperative Researchers on Society and Genomics (Corsage)
  • Graduate School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC)
  • Centre for Society and Genomics (CSG)
  • European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST).



  • Nahuis, R, E.H.M. Moors, R.E.H.M. Smits (2009), 'User producer interaction in context: A classification', ISU Working Paper, #09.01, Utrecht University (working paper)
  • R. Nahuis (submitted), 'The distribution of decision-Making. The case of a flexible public transport system' (working paper).
  • R. Nahuis (submitted), 'The politics of displacement. Towards a framework for democratic evaluation' (working paper).
  • R. Nahuis (2009), 'The rise and fall of self-service in Amsterdam trams: User technology relations in a case of service innovation', Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, Vol. 21, Iss. 2, 233-247 (working paper).
  • E.H.M. Moors, W.P.C. Boon, R. Nahuis,  R.L.J. Vandeberg (2008), 'User-producer interactions in emerging pharmaceutical and food innovations', International Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. 12, Iss. 3, p. 459-487 (working paper).
  • R. Nahuis and H. van Lente (2008), 'Where are the politics? Perspectives on democracy and technology', Science, Technology & Human Values, Vol. 33, Iss. 5, p.  559-581 (working paper).
  • R. Nahuis (2006), 'Het democratisch tekort van open innovatie'. In: Achtergrondstudie 32, Open Stellingen. Essays over open innovatie, AWT, Den Haag, p. 31-38.
  • R. Nahuis (2005), 'The politics of innovation. Self-service in Amsterdam trams', Technology in Society, Vol. 27, Iss. 2, p. 229-241.
  • R. Nahuis (2000), 'Duurzaamheid in een technologisch landschap', Milieu 4, p. 191-197.(Winner of the Rachel Carson Essay Award)
  • R. Nahuis (2000), 'Innovatie als maatschappelijk proces. Implementatieknelpunten bij CO2-reducerende technieken', Arena/Lucht 8: Dossier, p. 11-14. 
  • R. Nahuis (1998), 'Pinso: un exemple Holandès', Sakile 4, p. 33-34.
  • R. Nahuis (1997), 'Pijnbestrijding tussen werktuig en wapen'. In: I.Uerz (red.), De smaak van pijn, Uitgeverij KUN, Nijmegen, p. 65-79.

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MSc thesis