Lucia Retter

Lucia Retter
Research Leader
Cambridge Office


M.A. in international relations and international economics, The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); B.A. in modern and medieval languages, University of Cambridge


Lucia Retter is a research leader at RAND Europe and codirects RAND Europe's Centre for Defence Economics and Acquisition. Her research focuses on understanding the factors driving government strategy, policy and decisionmaking at the nexus between security, influence and prosperity, including the benefits, trade-offs and risks associated with different capability development programmes.

Since joining RAND, Retter has led numerous studies involving defence strategy, acquisition and capability, defence and space industrial base and skills for the UK Ministry of Defence, the European Defence Agency, the European Commission and other European governments. Most recently, Retter has been supporting the UK Ministry of Defence in understanding the implications of climate change and energy transition for defence as well as leading a number of studies for UK Government clients in support of the national and defence space strategies and studies to better understand risks and opportunities for skills and capability development in critical sectors for UK defence and security. 

Retter holds an M.A. cum laude in international relations and international economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where she specialised in economic policy, and a B.A. in modern languages from Clare College, University of Cambridge.


German; Portuguese; Slovak