Paola Fusaro

Cambridge Office


M.A. in international security, Sciences Po Paris; B.A. in political science and economics, Sciences Po Paris


Paola Fusaro is an analyst working in defence and security at RAND Europe. Her research focuses on defence industrial policy and military acquisition, horizon scanning, new and emerging technology (e.g. AI/ML, autonomy, nanosensing, quantum), space, and a range of security topics, from sub-state warfare to climate change. She also supports RAND Europe's Centre for Defence Economics and Acquisition.

Since joining RAND, she has managed and worked on a range of projects for the UK Ministry of Defence (e.g. Dstl, DCDC), the UK Home Office, the UK Space Agency, the EU, and Australian and US-based clients. Recent work include an analysis of the the strenghts and weaknesses of the UK space science research base; horizon scanning and assessment of opportunities and threats of S&T developments; climate change scenarios design for Defence; and an assessment of the adoption of maritime autonomous systems and its impact on workforce.

Prior to joining RAND, she conducted research for a Paris-based business intelligence firm advising private clients’ investment practices through quantitative and qualitative risk analysis of sectoral developments. She also worked as an Analyst intern in Franco-British military industrial cooperation for the French Ministry of Defence in London and as a research intern in transatlantic security for the German Marshall Fund of the US. She graduated with a M.A. in international security from Sciences Po Paris and attended the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C. She holds a B.A. in political science and economics from Sciences Po Paris. 

Recent Projects

  • SWOT Analysis of the UK space science research sector
  • Future threat identification and assessment


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