Ulrike Esther Franke | Student | Profiles
Ulrike Esther Franke

Ms Ulrike Esther Franke

Research topic:
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) and Their Influence on Warfare

Academic Profile

Ulrike Esther Franke is a DPhil student in International Relations, supervised by Professor Sir Hew Strachan and Professor Dominic Johnson. In her work she focuses on the military implications of the increasing use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or Drones) by Western armed forces. She is interested in the impact of military technology on warfare and the so-called Revolution in Military Affairs.

In 2013/2014, Ulrike was the Managing Editor of the St. Antonys International Review (STAIR), Oxford's Journal of International Affairs. Ulrike was also part of UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism Ben Emmerson's research team, working on drone use in counterterrorism contexts. She has worked as a part-time research assistant for military aerospace at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) in London (May 2012 January 2013).

Ulrike Franke holds a BA from Sciences Po Paris and a double MA degree from Sciences Po Paris (Affaires internationales/Scurit internationale) and the University of St. Gallen (International Affairs and Governance).

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV, Drones), Military robotics, Military transformation, Revolution in military affairs, European foreign policy, German foreign and security policy


Since 2012: 1379 Society Old Members Scholarship, New College, Oxford (3 years)

Since 2011: Merit Doctoral Scholarship from the Foundation of German Business (SDW) (3 years)

2008-2011: Merit scholarship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS)

Conference Papers and Presentations

Franke, Ulrike Esther, The global diffusion of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or ‘drones in: Aaronson et al (ed.) Precision-Strike Capabilities and International Intervention, Routledge, 2014.

Franke, Ulrike Esther, Drones, Drone Strikes, and US-policy. The politics of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, US War College Quarterly, Parameters, 44.1, Spring 2014.

Franke, Ulrike Esther, Welche Drohne passt zu mir? Deutschlands schwierige Entscheidung fr ein bewaffnetes Unmanned Aerial Vehicle/ Which Drone Suits Me Best? Germanys Difficult Decision to Procure an Armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle,Zeitschrift fr Auen- und Sicherheitspolitik (ZfAS), 6.4, October 2013.

Franke, Ulrike Esther Verbreitung von unbemannten Flugzeugen fr den militrischen Gebrauch,Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte (APuZ), 37/2013, pp. 33-38.

Franke, Ulrike Esther Commentary and Reply on Drones and US Strategy: Costs and Benefits,US War College Quarterly, Parameters, 43.2, Summer 2013, pp. 119-122.

Franke, Ulrike Esther, The Five Most Common Media Misrepresentations of UAVs, in: Michael Aaronson and Adrian Johnson (ed.) Hitting the Target?, How New Capabilities are Shaping International Intervention, Whitehall Report 2-13, The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), March 2013. (Accessible at http://www.rusi.org/downloads/assets/Hitting_the_Target.pdf)

Franke, Ulrike Esther Politik studieren und Plakate kleben, Internationale Politik, Januar/Februar 2013, pp. 51-53.

Franke, Ulrike Esther A tale of stumbling blocks and road bumps Germanys (non-) Revolution in Military Affairs,Comparative Strategy, Vol. 31, No.4 pp. 353-375.

Franke/Koenig/Mnch/Rothenpieler Armed conflicts in Europes greater neighbourhood, Towards a Safer Europe (Prague: European Values Network, 2010).

Franke, Ulrike Esther Military Transformation in Europe Following the USlead into a Revolution in Military Affairs? Presentation at BISA 2012, June 2012, Edinburgh

DeVore, Franke, Sthli Innovation by Armed Non-State Groups: Hizballah, 1982-2006, Presentation at ISA 2012, April 2012, San Diego

Franke, Ulrike EstherThe impact of remotely piloted weaponry on warfare and military strategy a glimpse into the future, Presentation at Military Robotics Conference, September 2013, Bad Homburg

Franke, Ulrike EstherThe New Must Have: UAV proliferation and UAV popularity among (western) democratic states, Presentation at BISA 2013, June 2013, Birmingham

Franke, Ulrike Esther Just the new hot thing? The diffusion of UAVs and their popularity among democratic states, Presentation at ISA 2013, April 2013, San Francisco

Franke, Ulrike Esther A Revolution in Warfare? Tactical drone use by the German Bundeswehr in Afghanistan, Presentation at ISA 2014, April 2014, Toronto