“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Francesca Giovannini is an associate of the Project on Managing the Atom. Ms. Giovannini completed her D.Phil at Oxford University (2009–2012) in the Department of Politics and International Relations. Her thesis explores the role of regional powers in designing and influencing regional nuclear policies as mechanism for soft-balancing against the United States' global nuclear agenda.
She was a 2012–2013 MacArthur Postdoctoral Nuclear Fellow at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). As a fellow, she worked closely with Professor Sagan on a project related to Southeast Asia regional nuclear cooperation and has remained involved with CISAC and Professor David Holloway in order to host a Stanford-Oxford nuclear conference in the summer of 2014.
At present, she is serving as Program Associate for the Global Security and Energy Program at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In her current position, Francesca is responsible for the implementation of the Global Nuclear Future Initiative, a multi-year, multi-donor effort which works to build regional capacities for effective nuclear governance in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Fellowship (2005–2007), Francesca studied at the University of California Berkeley, where she earned two Master of Arts degrees and was subsequently appointed as lecturer in the Department of International and Area Studies for two years. She also held the position of Academic Coordinator of the Berkeley Summer School for the Global Generation from 2007–2010.
After completing her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Bologna, Francesca served in several international peacekeeping missions including in the Palestinian Territories with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Turkey with a network of humanitarian NGOs, and in Lebanon and the South Pacific with the United Nations.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm