Big Science and Research Infrastructures in Europe (inbunden)
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Big Science and Research Infrastructures in Europe (inbunden)

Big Science and Research Infrastructures in Europe

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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.
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'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 work 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 'This book, in a comprehensive and appealing way, tells a story of large scientific facilities dating back to the early Cold War and reaching the current era of integrated Research Infrastructure eco-systems. Going from a competition between the United States and the Soviet Union to scientific cooperation among European states to tackle the grand challenges such as key health, environmental or quality of life problems, the book provides an evolutionary picture based on deep understanding and a solid analytical framework. The authors have done magnificent work on a topic that has been so far mostly scattered in diverse policy reports. A great analysis for anyone dipping their toe in Big Science or Research Infrastructures.' -- Jan Hrusak, ESFRI Chair and The Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

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Edited by Katharina C. Cramer and Olof Hallonsten, Lund University, Sweden


Contents: 1 Big Science and Research Infrastructures in Europe: History and current trends 1 Katharina C. Cramer, Olof Hallonsten, Isabel K. Bolliger and Alexandra Griffiths 2 Methods and strategies in the study of Big Science and Research Infrastructures: A review 27 Nicolas Ru ffin 3 The role of European Big Science in the (geo)political challenges of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries 56 Katharina C. Cramer 4 Ever-changing Big Science and Research Infrastructures: Evolving European Union policy 76 Inga Ulnicane 5 The introduction of ESFRI and the rise of national Research Infrastructure roadmaps in Europe 101 Isabel K. Bolliger and Alexandra Griffiths 6 Intensified role of the European Union? European Research Infrastructure Consortium as a legal framework for contemporary multinational research collaboration 128 Maria Moskovko 7 Research Infrastructure funding as a tool for science governance in the humanities: A country case study of the Netherlands 157 Thomas Franssen 8 The role of research infrastructures in innovation systems: The case of Swedish participation in the Halden Reactor Project 177 Olof Hallonsten, Hjalmar Eriksson and August Collsioeoe 9 The access and return on investment dilemma in Big Science Research Infrastructures: A case study in astronomy 198 Andrew Williams and Jean-Christophe Mauduit 10 Is there an "iron law" of Big Science? 217 Olof Hallonsten 11 Keeping a Research Infrastructure alive: Material, social, and political work at the Institut Laue-Langevin 232 Beatrice D'Ippolito and Charles-Clemens Ru ling 12 Big Science and Research Infrastructures in Europe: Conclusions and outlook 251 Olof Hallonsten and Katharina C. Cramer Index 258