Dr. Sophie-Charlotte Fischer

Fischer, Sophie-Charlotte

IFW A 44
Haldeneggsteig 4
8092 Zurich

Phone: +41 44 632 69 88

Sophie-Charlotte Fischer is a Senior Researcher in the Swiss and Euro-Atlantic Security Team at the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich. She is also a Research Affiliate with the Centre for the Governance of AI (GovAI) in Oxford. Sophie’s research focuses on the geopolitics and governance of emerging technologies. Research topics of interest include the US-China competition in emerging technologies, the EU’s approach to geopolitics and technology, the role of tech firms in international security, and military applications and the governance of AI.

Previously, Sophie worked as a Tech-Fellow and consultant with the Policy Planning Staff of the German Foreign Office. As a Mercator Fellow on International Affairs, she worked with the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs’ Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific and the Global Politics of AI Program at Yale University. She gained further work experience with NATO and the German Institute for Human Rights.

Sophie defended her doctoral thesis on the US-China competition in emerging technologies at ETH Zurich in 2021. In her thesis, she investigated how tech companies shape the strategies available to the US government to respond to China’s technological rise. Sophie also holds an MA in International Security from Sciences Po Paris and a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University College Maastricht. She received scholarships and fellowships from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, the Mercator Foundation, and the BMW Foundation.

Selected Publications

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