Dr. Katharina Gnath

Associate Fellow, Globalization and World Economy Program

Areas of Expertise

  • Globalization and the world economy
  • International economic organizations (IMF, G8, G20)
  • European foreign economic policy
  • European economic governance

Foreign Languages

English, French


Email: gnath@dgap.org

Media Inquiries

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Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-32

Katharina Gnath is a non-resident Associate Fellow of the DGAP. She specializes in international economic relations and governance. Between February 2007 and December 2008 she was a resident fellow of the DGAP’s research institution, heading the Globalization and World Economy Program.

Before joining the DGAP she worked as research associate for the London-based think tank Federal Trust for Education and Research on European economic issues and at the European Central Bank’s international directorate in Frankfurt.

She studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford (BA Hons.) and holds an MSc in European Politics and Governance from the London School of Economics where she conducted research on economic and monetary policy. She completed her PhD on the Eurozone's external relations in international financial institutions within the framework of the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (Hertie School of Governance/Freie Universität Berlin).


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Selected Publications

Group with a Cause
There is no alternative to the G20, but it does need reform
by Claudia Schmucker, Katharina Gnath
DGAPkompakt 17, December 18, 2014, 4 pp.
Group with a Cause
At the moment, there is no alternative to the G20, which remains the only international forum for enabling dialogue on equal terms among both important industrial countries and emerging market economies. But greatly differing interests and circumstances among members make compromise extremely difficult, and the summits have started to lose their luster. If the G20 wants to remain an effective forum, it must be strengthened and should concentrate on international themes.
Category: G8/G20
The G-20 Five Years On: Focus on the Core Tasks!
For the group to stay relevant, it must emphasize its role as a forum for dialogue and an agenda setter
by Claudia Schmucker, Katharina Gnath
DGAPanalyse kompakt, 5/2013
The G-20 Five Years On: Focus on the Core Tasks!
When the G-20 heads of state gather for their annual photo op, the group risks becoming peripheral if too many more issues are piled onto the agenda. But even after the financial crisis, the G-20 remains important. Only it can offer a flexible, informal forum for industrial and emerging countries. At the St. Petersburg summit it can prove its prominent role in the global financial system, but for this to work, the agenda needs to be streamlined and kept free of individual interests.
Category: Economy and Finance, Russia
G20, IMF and WTO in Turbulent Times
Legitimacy and Effectiveness Put to the Test
by Katharina Gnath, Claudia Schmucker, Stormy-Annika Mildner
SWP Research Paper 2012/RP 10, August 2012, 37 Pages
G20, IMF and WTO in Turbulent Times
The global economic and financial crisis made clear how important it is to have an effective system of international economic governance. The G20 took a key role in the management of the crisis, however, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) were also important. How well did these institutions deal with the crisis?
Category: Economy and Finance, IMF, World Bank, G8/G20
Beyond Heiligendamm
The G-8 and its dialogue with emerging countries
by Katharina Gnath
While holding the G-8 presidency in 2007, one of Germany’s main objectives has been to improve cooperation with emerging countries. The Heiligendamm summit launched a two-year process to give dialogue with China, India, Brazil, South Africa, and Mexico on a more structured and long-term basis without enlarging the G-8 itself.
Category: Global Institutions, Law & Institutions, G8/G20, Germany, Central Europe, Europe

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