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Dr. Katharina C. Cramer

Research fellow (Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer)

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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


Katharina C. Cramer (née Below) is a research fellow at the chair of international relations and global politics of technology. Katharina studied political science at the universities of Bonn, Luxemburg and Istanbul. She received her doctoral degree in history from the University of Konstanz with the thesis A Political History of Big Science: The Other Europe. Her research interests include various aspects of 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 perspectives on international relations and the history of science. Katharina C. Cramer is co-editor of Big Science and Research Infrastructures in Europe, co-founder of BSRI Network – Network for Big Science and Research Infrastructures and initiator of Mothers at Remote Places.


  • 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. Comment 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, eds.). 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.
  • 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 and 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 and Ruth Knoblich (eds.), 117-141. Springer Publisher.

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Last updated: March 16, 2021

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