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Assessment of Evolving International
Infrastructures and Pandemic Management

Governmental Responsiveness, Innovation and Politics of Care in International Comparison


This project investigates international approaches to pandemic management in relation to political decision-making and design processes during the current corona crisis. It relates change and continuity of epidemic infrastructures and processes before and during the pandemic to broader societal, social, political, economic and epidemiological developments. Based on in-depth country case studies, this project particularly focusses on politics and policies of care in global contexts. It contextualizes existing and emerging governance structures as well as political responsiveness, learning processes, turning points and (changes of) strategy under acute crisis conditions. The aim of this project is to identify strategic options that may point the way for future pandemic management strategies in Germany towards children, elderly people and intergenerational matters considering broader European and global contexts. This project is part of the collaborative research project egePan Unimed (Entwicklung, Testung und Implementierung von regional adaptiven Versorgungsstrukturen und Prozessen für ein evidenzgeleitetes Pandemiemanagement koordiniert durch die Universitätsmedizin) funded by the Germany Federal Ministry for Education and Research BMBF.

Duration: November 2020 – May 2021


Publications and Media Reports:

Holz, Julia (25. February 2021): Singapurs gebrochenes Versprechen,

Holz, Julia (16. February 2021): Der Erfolg Vietnams im Kampf gegen das Virus,

Mayer, Maximilian (18 January 2021). "Wenig Interesse an asiatischen Corona-Vorbilder", Interview in rbb Inforadio,

Mayer, Maximilian; Li, Kunhan und Ningjie Zhu (2021). "China". In: Sheila Jasanoff et al. (eds.): Comparative Covid Response: Crisis, Knowledge, Politics. Interim Report. Available for download here

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 available:

Mayer, Maximilian (24 November, 2020). “Was wir von Asien zu Corona lernen könnten“, Rendez-vous, SFR,

Mayer, Maximilian; Rudyak, Marina and Marius Meinhof (22 November, 2020), „Warum wir von Asien noch immer nicht lernen wollen“, Cicero,

Rudyak, Marina; Mayer, Maximilian and Marius Meinhof (20 November, 2020), “Corona ausmerzen statt unterdrücken – Ostasien macht es besser als wir“, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, S. 19, NZZ online:

Fischer, Doris and Maximilian Mayer (3 March, 2020), “Vorurteile gefährden unser aller Gesundheit – es ist fahrlässig, Covid-19 durch die Systembrille zu betrachten“, Neue Zürcher Zeitung,

Kölbl, Otto and Maximilian Mayer (March 2020), „Learning from Wuhan — there is no Alternative to the Containment of COVID-19“

Mayer, Maximilian and Nicholas Ross Smith (15 February, 2020), “Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, China’s Government Tightens Its Grip.” The Diplomat,



Dr. Katharina C. Cramer, project leader

Janna Hartmann

Julia Holz

Kilian Knorr

Philip Nock

Anna Pott

Miriam Siemes, MA

Jan David Zabala Gepp

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