dr. K. (Katjana) Gattermann

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    CW : Political Communication & Journalism
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht  166
    1018 WV  Amsterdam
  • K.Gattermann@uva.nl

Katjana Gattermann is postdoctoral researcher at the Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies (ACCESS EUROPE) in the theme ‘European Politics and Society’. ACCESS EUROPE is a co-operation between the Free University Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam, which offers a platform for research, education and public debate about Europe. She is based at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) within the Program Group ‘Political Communication and Journalism’. She was previously postdoctoral researcher at the Political Science Department of the University of Cologne, where she was member of the former internationally collaborative research project ‘Observatory of Parliaments after Lisbon’ (OPAL). 

Furthermore, Katjana is founding director of the Erasmus Academic Network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe (PADEMIA), which brings together 56 research and teaching institutes from all over Europe. In addition, she is co-editor of the LSE ‘Europe in Question’ Discussion Paper Series (LEQS), published by the LSE European Institute.


Katjana defended her PhD in European Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2012 (submitted in 2011). Her thesis investigated the explanatory factors responsible for the cross-country and inter-temporal variation in the European Parliament’s broadsheet coverage in six European countries during non-election times. Some of her thesis’ findings are published in a blog post on the LSE’s EUROPP blog. Katjana also holds a BA in Social Sciences (Communication Science, Political Science and Sociology) from the University of Düsseldorf (Germany, 2006), and an MSc (Research) in Comparative Politics from the LSE (UK, 2007).

Research and expertise

Her research agenda is interdisciplinary combining Political Communication and Journalism with Comparative Politics and European Studies. Katjana’s research interests include patterns, drivers and effects of news about the European Union, its institutions and their members, the personalization of politics in national and European news coverage, as well as the legislative behaviour of parliamentarians and the relationship with their represented across Europe. Her work has appeared in journals such as European Journal of Political Research, European Union Politics and West European Politics (see ‘publicaties’; Google Scholar profile).

Katjana recently participated in public debates at ACCESS EUROPE on ‘The First European Presidential Debate’ and ‘European Elections: the Day After’ in April and May 2014, presented her co-authored work (with Sofia Vasilopoulou) about ‘Assessing party-voter congruence over time: towards convergence in times of crisis?’ in an ACCESS EUROPE seminar and gave a speech on ‘News about the European Parliament’ at a PADEMIA workshop on Multilevel Democracy in October 2014 (see video). In addition, Katjana co-organised an ACCESS EUROPE workshop on the European Parliament Elections 2014 in  March 2015 (see programme). 

To date she has given more than 25 (co-)authored paper presentations at major international conferences, including those organised by: Elections, Public Opinion and Parties (2011); European Consortium of Political Research (2013, 2014), European Consortium of Political Research Standing Group on the EU (2014); European Political Science Association (2011, 2012, 2014); European Union Studies Association (2011, 2013); International Political Science Association (2012); Midwest Political Science Association (2013); Netherlands-Flanders Communication Association (2012, 2013, 2015); Dutch Political Science Association (2011, 2012); University Association for Contemporary European Studies (2010, 2012).


Katjana has taught courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level on methods and statistics in the Communication and Political Sciences, on politics and public policy in the EU, as well as on public opinion, electoral behaviour and media coverage in the EU. She was awarded a teaching prize by the LSE Department of Government in 2010.


Her grants include, among others, the PADEMIA grant by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission (€600,000, 2013-2016), a research scholarship for supervisors of ‘Groups of Junior Academics’ from the University of Cologne (€9,860, 2013), funding for the OPAL international academic conference on ‘National Parliaments and Multilevel Democracy in Europe’ by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (€19,500, 2012) and a UACES Scholarship Travel Fund, sponsored by the European Commission (£1,956, 2010).



Articles in international, peer-reviewed journals

Gattermann, K. & Vasilopoulou, S. (2015). Absent yet popular? Explaining news visibility of Members of the European Parliament. European Journal of Political Research, 54 (1), 121-140 (2013 ISI IMPACT FACTOR: 2.152)

Gattermann, K. & Hefftler, C. (2015). Beyond Institutional Capacity: Political Motivation and Parliamentary Behaviour in the Early Warning System. West European Politics, 38 (2), 305-334 (2013 ISI IMPACT FACTOR: 1.463)

Gattermann, K. (2013). News about the European Parliament: Patterns and external drivers of broadsheet coverage. European Union Politics, 14 (3), 436-457 (2013 ISI IMPACT FACTOR: 2.036)

Vasilopoulou, S. & Gattermann, K. (2013). Matching policy preferences: the linkage between voters and MEPs. Journal of European Public Policy, 20 (4), 606-605 (2013 ISI IMPACT FACTOR: 1.36)

Book chapters

Gattermann, K. (2015). Europäische Spitzenkandidaten und deren (Un-)Sichtbarkeit in der nationalen Zeitungsberichterstattung. In M. Kaeding & N. Switek (Eds.), Die Europawahl 2014. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, pp. 211-222

Hefftler, C. & Gattermann, K. (2015). Interparliamentary cooperation in the European Union: Patterns, problems and potential. In C. Hefftler, C. Neuhold, O. Rozenberg & J. Smith (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of National Parliaments and the European Union. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan,
pp. 94-115


Gattermann, K. (2011). News about the European Parliament: Patterns and Drivers of Broadsheet Coverage, PhD Thesis, London School of Economics and Political Science, London (published before defence)

Blog posts

Gattermann, K. and Hefftler, C. (2015). Political motivation is crucial for parliamentary behaviour in the EU’s Early Warning System, Democratic Audit UK, 20 March 2015 http://www.democraticaudit.com/?p=11670

Gattermann, K. and Vasilopoulou, S. (2015). Newspapers care more about who our MEPs are than about what they do in the European Parliament, PSA Blog. 3 March 2015 http://www.psa.ac.uk/insight-plus/blog/newspapers-care-more-about-who-our-meps-are-about-what-they-do-european-parliament  

Gattermann, K. (2013). European broadsheets pay regular attention to the European Parliament between EU elections, LSE European Politics and Policy Blog (EUROPP). 30 May 2013 http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2013/05/30/european-parliament-news-coverage/


Gattermann, K. (2015). Book review: Between-Election Democracy: The Representative Relationship after Election Day. Edited by Peter Esaiasson and Hanne Marthe Narud, ECPR Press, 2013, West European Politics

Gattermann, K. (2014). Opportunities, strategies and ideologies: The incentives of European Parliament political groups for inter-parliamentary cooperation, OPAL Online Paper, No. 16/2014

Gattermann, K. & Hefftler, C. (2013). Political Motivation and institutional capacity: Assessing na­tional parliaments incentives to participate in the Early Warning System, OPAL Online Paper, No. 15/2013

Gattermann, K., Högenauer, A-L. & Huff, A. (2013). National Parliaments after Lisbon: Towards main­streaming of EU affairs? , OPAL Online Paper, No. 13/2013









  • K. Gattermann (2011). News about the European Parliament: Patterns and Drivers of Broadsheet Coverage (PhD thesis). London: London School of Economics and Political Science.


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