Transnational Academic Network for the Study of Armed Drones (TRANSAD)

Transnational Academic Network for the Study of Armed Drones (TRANSAD)
MQ-9 Reaper drone. Photo: U.S. Air Force/Public Domain
Led by Bruno Oliveira Martins
Jan 2018 - Dec 2019

Debates within research on the topic of armed drones often unfold within closed and self-reinforcing academic circles. This often leads to replicated arguments and dynamics of intradisciplinary, and to absence of communication between different strands of knowledge in the field.

TRANSAD aims at addressing this caveat by bringing together a diversified group of experts that work on the proliferation and usage of armed drones. The aim is to create a stable and long-term oriented transnational academic network for the study of armed drones in order to advance the study of armed drones and to communicate its findings to the broader society outside academia.

​The objectives of the network is threefold: firstly, to map the state-of-the-art and to identify the main current and future trends on the academic research on the topic; secondly, to bring together different specialists from fields to enable mutual knowledge exchange and fruitful cross-sectoral learning; and thirdly, to disseminate the academic debates to a wider audience and will allow and engagement with policy makers, NGOs, journalists and other interested members of the civil society.

One of the understudied aspects with in drone research is drone use and proliferation in Africa. TRANSAD aims to enhance the knowledge on this topic by gathering experts for the workshop and conference "Drone proliferation in Africa" at PRIO, 30.-31. August 2018. This page will be updated shortly with more information about the program of and registration for the conference. 

The project is conducted in partnership with the Centre for War & Technology at the University of Bath and with funding from Open Society Foundations' Human Rights Initiative.

Research Groups


Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Martins, Bruno Oliveira & Christian Küsters (2019) Hidden Security: EU Public Research Funds and the Development of European Drones, Journal of Common Market Studies 57(2): 278–297.
Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora & Bruno Oliveira Martins (2018) Revisitando el espacio aéreo latinoamericano: una exploración de los drones como sujetos de regulación [Latin American airspace revisited: Exploring drones as regulatory subject], Latin American Law Review. DOI: 10.29263/lar01.2018.03(1): 61–81.

Non-refereed Journal Article

Martins, Bruno Oliveira (2019) Global affairs and the politics of security technologies, Global Affairs. DOI: 10.1080/23340460.2019.1608456.

PRIO Policy Brief

Lavallée, Chantal (2019) The New EU Policy on Civil Drones: A Paradigm Shift for European Airspace, PRIO Policy Brief, 5. Oslo: PRIO.
Csernatoni, Raluca & Bruno Oliveira Martins (2019) The European Defence Fund: Key Issues and Controversies, PRIO Policy Brief, 3. Oslo: PRIO.