Portrait Katharina Cramer

Dr. Katharina C. Cramer

Senior fellow (Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer)


E-Mail: kcramer@uni-bonn.de
Address: Römerstraße 164, 53117 Bonn, Germany
Twitter: @kccramer_


Katharina Cramer (née Below) studied political science in Bonn, Luxembourg, and Istanbul and completed her PhD in 2018 at the University of Konstanz on A Political History of Big Science: The Other Europe. Her research interests include the history and politics of research infrastructures in the 20th and 21st centuries, the role of knowledge, innovation, and technology in global contexts, and feminist theories of international relations and the history of science. Katharina Cramer is co-editor of the Anthology Big Science and Research Infrastructures in Europe (Edward Elgar) and has published in prestigious journals. She is co-founder of the BSRI Network - Network for Big Science and Research Infrastructures.

Research interest

Big Science | Research Infrastructures | History of Science, 20th/ 21st Centuries | Politics of Technology | Knowledge and Innovation Policies | Feminist Perspectives on International Relations and the History of Science

Research projects


  • Cramer, Katharina et al. (May 2021). COVID-19 Border Restrictions and Cross-Border Care Relations: The Cases of Germany and Vietnam. Working Paper Series: Politics of Pandemic Care, No. 2, CASSIS/Bonn University.
    Cramer, Katharina et al. (April 2021). Politics of Pandemic Care: Exploring Disruption and Response in International Cross-Country Comparison. Working Paper Series: Politics of Pandemic Care, No. 1, CASSIS/Bonn University.
  • Cramer, Katharina; Williams, Andrew and Jean-Christophe Mauduit (2021). Reach for the ground. In its approach to space, Europe can learn from earthbound research infrastructures. Gastbeitrag in Research Europe (25 February): 14.
  • Cramer, Katharina (2020). A Political History of Big Science: The Other Europe. Palgrave Macmillan. 
  • Cramer, Katharina und Olof Hallonsten (2020, Hrsg.). Big Science and Research Infrastructures in Europe. Edward Elgar.
  • Cramer, Katharina (2020). The Science Must Go On. Working Practices at Single-Sited European Research Infrastructures in Times of COVID-19 Pandemic. Elephant in the Lab. Online verfügbar: https://elephantinthelab.org/the-science-must-go-on/.
  • Cramer, Katharina (2017). Lightening Europe: Establishing the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF). In: History and Technology, 33 (4): 396-427.
  • Below, Katharina; Herweg, Sarah; Knoblich, Ruth und Krystin Unverzagt (2014). Hidden in Plain View: Exploring Knowledge Power among States. In: The Global Politics of Science and Technology: Concepts and Perspectives, Mayer, Maximilian; Carpes, Mariana und Ruth Knoblich (Hrsg.), 117-141. Springer Publisher.

Full list of publications.

last updated: 08. March 2022

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