Franziska Stärk is a researcher in the Arms Control and Emerging Technologies Program at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH). In the beginning of 2023, she stepped down as the coordinator of the Young Deep Cuts Commission in the Challenges to Deep Cuts project. Before joining IFSH, she was a Policy Advisor for the Munich Security Conference working on a wide range of security policy issues including arms control, energy security and human security. She is an alumna of the French Réseau Nucléaire et Stratégie – Nouvelle Génération and the German National Academic Scholarship Foundation. She studied Political Science and Rhetoric at the University of Tübingen (B.A.) and International Security at Sciences Po Paris (M.A.).