Anna Knack

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M.A. in conflict studies and human rights, University of Utrecht; B.A. in politics and social policy, University of York


Anna Isabela Knack is an analyst working in the area of defence, security and infrastructure. Her research experience covers future foresight, defence science and innovation policy, and the impact of emerging technologies on society. She has contributed horizon scanning support and analysis for projects delivered to the European Defence Agency, the European Commission, the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Army HQ, the French Ministry of Defence, the UK Home Office, Europol, The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, Eurofound, and the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office. 

Prior to joining RAND, Knack worked for a conflict mediation organisation in Myanmar that provides technical expertise in support of the peace process, providing analytical support and conducting field diplomacy missions in Myanmar and Thailand. She also conducted conflict risk analysis for International Crisis Group's Research Unit, monitoring developments in emerging military technology, military acquisitions, sectarian tensions, peace processes, and violent extremism in Asia. 

Recent Projects

  • Understanding the forces influencing EDA innovation
  • Future technology landscapes
  • Defence and security implications of Brexit
  • Game-changing Technologies in European services sectors
  • Defence-related skills: building evidence on skills shortages, gaps and mismatches and defining the sector's strategy on skills


English; German; Tagalog; French


  • UK Royal Navy 3 Commando Brigade land in Norway as part of demanding winter exercises, photo by PO Phot Si Ethell/Royal Navy Open Government License

    Standing Together on NATO's North Flank: UK-Norwegian Defence Cooperation

    The UK and Norway share a long and close history, bound by shared experiences as seafaring nations whose political, cultural, and economic development have been shaped in part by their exploitation of the North Sea and North Atlantic. Much could remain to be gained from continuing to deepen and evolve their longstanding partnership to meet the new challenges of the 21st century.

    Dec 9, 2020 LUFTLED

  • A surgeon poses before a procedure supported by a tablet computer to access and visualize planning data, Hamburg, Germany, August 15, 2013

    How VR and AR Could Transform the Health Sector

    Immersive technologies such as virtual and augmented reality allow users to behave how they would in the real world, but in an artificial environment. Both technologies can help train medical professionals, deliver health services and improve the health outcomes of NHS users. But they also risk displacing workers in the health sector.

    Feb 20, 2018 Digital Health

  • Three scientists working in a lab looking at petri dishes

    Can Open Science Help to Make Research More Accessible?

    The leading principle of open science is that anyone, whether they are part of the research community or the public, should be able to access scientific knowledge. Free circulation of knowledge, the sharing of research results, and transparency of methodology are core tenets of the scientific method.

    Oct 13, 2017 Observatory for a Connected Society app