Johanna Polle joined the IFSH as a researcher in January 2017, working for the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Disarmament, Arms Control and Risk Technologies (IFAR²). Since December 2017, she has also been a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Hamburg, supervised by Prof. Michael Brzoska. She holds a scholarship from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Johanna Polle received a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from the University of Oxford in 2016, where she was a member of St Antony’s College.  Previously, she studied Political Science in Göttingen, Milan, and Hamburg. In the academic year 2018/2019, Johanna Polle spent one semester as a visiting researcher at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at the Carleton University, Canada.

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Johanna Polle’s work focuses on the changing character of warfare and arms dynamics. She is interested in questions regarding emerging technologies and arms control, especially unmanned military systems, the proliferation of military drones in Europe and North America, and future lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS). As a political scientist, Johanna Polle is also contributing to theoretical debates on constructivist security studies, discourse analyses, and international security norms. In her PhD dissertation, she analyzes how European governments justify the adoption of armed military drones for their respective militaries. In her PhD dissertation, supervised by Prof. Michael Brzoska, she takes an arms control perspective to analyze how European governments justify their armed drone policies.

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