Anna Knack

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Research Assistant
Cambridge Office

Education

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

Overview

Anna Isabela Knack is a research assistant at RAND Europe 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, 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

Languages

English; German; Tagalog; French

Commentary

  • 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

Publications