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Big Science and Research Infrastructures in Europe

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Big Science and Research Infrastructures in Europe

9781839100000 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Katharina C. Cramer and Olof Hallonsten, Lund University, Sweden
Publication Date: August 2020 ISBN: 978 1 83910 000 0 Extent: c 272 pp
This thought-provoking book expands on the notion that Big Science is not the only term to describe and investigate particularly large research projects, scientific collaborations and facilities. It investigates the significant overlap between Big Science and Research Infrastructures (RIs) in a European context since the early twenty-first century. Contributions to this innovative book not only augment the study of Big Science with new perspectives, but also launch the study of RIs as a promising new line of inquiry.

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This thought-provoking book expands on the notion that Big Science is not the only term to describe and investigate particularly large research projects, scientific collaborations and facilities. It investigates the significant overlap between Big Science and Research Infrastructures (RIs) in a European context since the early twenty-first century.

Contributions to this innovative book not only augment the study of Big Science with new perspectives, but also launch the study of RIs as a promising new line of inquiry. Chapters testify to a generational shift that is taking place in this field, amending and complementing prior analyses of Big Science. Advancing our knowledge, this interdisciplinary book explores how Big Science and RIs can be categorized, how the politics around them can be understood, and how they relate to the surrounding science and research policy landscape of Europe.

Big Science and Research Infrastructures in Europe will be of value to students and scholars interested in science and innovation policy across sociology, economics, management and political science. Policymakers, science administrators and operators of RIs will also benefit from the critical insights provided.
Critical Acclaim
‘This book skillfully updates the literature on Big Science, containing newer perspectives on the history, sociology, and politics of research infrastructures. The interdisciplinary yet neatly integrated contributions show how “big organizations, big machines, and big politics” co-construct Europe and its research infrastructure.’
– Cyrus Mody, Maastricht University, the Netherlands

'This is an ambitious and effective coverage of the network of European Big Science institutions. It is a comprehensive and insightful volume that takes us behind purely scientific scenes to examine the policies that govern large European science projects, the legal frameworks that shape them, the funding that supports them, and the alliance-building that made them possible. The chapters are comprehensive, and reveal the political and commercial forces at work in the expanding network of European scientific institutions, as well as their crucial role in European integration and multinational cooperation.'
– Robert P. Crease, Stony Brook University, US
Contributors
Contributors include: I.K. Bolliger, A. Collsiöö, K.C. Cramer, B. D’Ippolito, H. Eriksson, T. Franssen, A. Griffiths, O. Hallonsten, J.-C. Mauduit, M. Moskovko, N. Rüffin, C.-C. Rüling, I. Ulnicane, A. Williams
Contents
Contents:

1. Big Science and Research Infrastructures in Europe: History and current trends
Katharina C. Cramer, Olof Hallonsten, Isabel Bolliger, Alexandra Griffiths

2. Methods and strategies in the study of Big Science and Research Infrastructures: A review
Nicolas Rüffin

3. The role of European Big Science in the (geo)political challenges of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries
Katharina C. Cramer

4. Ever-changing Big Science and Research Infrastructures: Evolving EU policy
Inga Ulnicane

5. The introduction of ESFRI and the rise of national Research Infrastructure roadmaps in Europe
Isabel K. Bolliger and Alexandra Griffiths

6. Intensified role of the EU? European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) as a legal framework for contemporary multinational research collaboration
Maria Moskovko

7. Research Infrastructure funding as a tool for science governance in the humanities: A country case study of the Netherlands
Thomas Franssen

8. The role of research infrastructures in innovation systems: the case of Swedish participation in the Halden Reactor Project (HRP)
Olof Hallonsten, Hjalmar Eriksson, August Collsiöö

9. The access and return on investment dilemma in Big Science Research Infrastructures: A case study in astronomy
Andrew Williams and Jean-Christophe Mauduit

10. Is there an “iron law” of Big Science?
Olof Hallonsten

11. Keeping a Research Infrastructure alive: Material, social, and political work at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Beatrice D’Ippolito and Charles-Clemens Rüling

12. Big Science and Research Infrastructures in Europe: Conclusions and outlook
Olof Hallonsten and Katharina Cramer

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