Marie-Laure Hicks is a senior analyst working in the areas of science and emerging technology at RAND Europe. She has experience using a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods including systems approaches, workshop facilitation, literature reviews, stakeholder interviews, case studies and thematic analysis.
Prior to joining RAND Europe, Hicks worked at the Royal Academy of Engineering leading innovation and resilience policy projects. There she produced evidence-based recommendations and policy reports on late-stage R&D, the UK engineering research and innovation landscape, semiconductors, strategic advantage through science and technology, capabilities for resilience to emergencies and the external review of the UK National Security Risk Assessment methodology. During her PhD, Hicks spend three months at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology producing an accessible and impartial briefing on small modular nuclear reactors and was subsequently invited to join the expert Oversight Group supporting the delivery of the BEIS public dialogue exercise on advanced nuclear technologies.
Hicks has a Ph.D. in diamond electronics, an M.Sc. in nanotechnology from University College London, and a B.Eng. in materials science and engineering from Imperial College London.