Anna Knack

Research Assistant
Cambridge Office


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 a research assistant at RAND Europe working in the area of innovation, health and science. Her research interests lie in the nexus between emerging technology, future foresight, and traditional and non-traditional security threats. She has supported the delivery of projects for clients such as the European Defence Agency, the European Commission DG Research and Innovation, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office and Europol.

Prior to joining RAND, Knack worked for a conflict mediation organisation in Myanmar that provides technical expertise in ceasefire monitoring and security sector reform 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, maritime security, sectarian tensions, peace processes, and violent extremism in Asia.

Knack has experience using a range of qualitative research techniques including interviews, literature reviews, surveys, focus groups, document reviews, and workshops. She speaks fluent English, Tagalog and German, intermediate French and basic Mandarin.


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    How VR and AR Could Transform the Health Sector

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