My main research interests lie on the intersection between technological developments, security practices, and societal change. In 2022 / 2023 I work on different projects on emerging security technologies. These include RegulAir (a large, multi-annual research project on the integration of drones in the civilian airspace, that I lead), TRANSCEND (a Horizon Europe project dealing with societal impacts of EU security research, where I am WP leader), and Disruptive Security Technologies: Challenges to Norway’s Total Defence Concept (dealing with with how new technologies generate vulnerabilities and pose challenges to the total defence concept, a project that I lead).
I am interested in several issues within the wider security studies agenda, and I've researched, taught and published on EU's security and defence policies, including counter-terrorism, EU-Israel-Palestine relations, and the politics of security and defence research and innovation.
By Andreas Hirblinger, Julie Marie Hansen, Kristian Hoelscher, Åshild Kolås, Kristoffer Lidén & Bruno Oliveira Martins in International Studies Perspectives
I am a senior researcher at PRIO, where I am coordinator of the Security Research Group and a member of the Law & Ethics Research Group, the PRIO Middle East Centre, and the PRIO Migration Centre.
Book Chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Portuguese Politics
Journal Article in International Studies Perspectives
Popular Article in Aftenposten
Popular Article in PRIO Blogs
Journal Article in European Security
Book Chapter in Janus 2022
PRIO Policy Brief
Journal Article in Global Policy
Journal Article in Journal of Common Market Studies
Arendalsuka concluded on Friday and PRIO Director Henrik Urdal sums up PRIO's contributions.
A collaborative project in which PRIO participates has been awarded a large grant from the European Union's Horizon Europe programme.
On 6 October, Senior Researcher Bruno Oliveira Martins presented PRIO research at the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) Expert Group Meeting on Vulnerable Targets and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). In his address on UAS threats against vulnerable targets, Bruno focused on the nature of the threat posed by non-cooperative drones, the technological means to respond to it, and the societal, human rights and regulatory problems that persist today.
On 28-30 September 2021, the RegulAIR project team attended the first-ever international drone incursion exercise at a fully operational airport. Organized by INTERPOL, the Norwegian Police, Avinor, and UAS Norway, the event gathered C-UAS technology vendors, police officers, officials from government agencies, and experts from around the world, with the aim of testing C-UAS technology, and of discussing the challenges and opportunities for detecting, tracking, and intercepting unmanned aircrafts. The exercise was a culmination of eighteen months of planning and served not only as an opportunity to test cutting-edge technology in an operational setting, but also as a forum for discussions on practical, societal, and legal aspects of the threat posed by non-cooperative drones.
PRIO has received funding from the European Commission to contribute to a fact-finding study preparing a Drone Strategy 2.0. The PRIO team, composed by Bruno Oliveira Martins and Nora Stai, will contribute to different components of the study, in particular by providing a Norwegian case study on technology testing and development in the field of law enforcement. Through interviews, field research and literature reviews, PRIO will assess the opportunities for, and barriers to, drone use in this sector, in addition to outlining its current and potential impact on civil-military relations and technological development.
In a series of brief blog posts, researchers of the PRIO Middle East Centre offer their reflections on the unfolding Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The reflections cover historical and political background as well as current dynamics and future prospects.
PRIO invites applications for three Doctoral Researcher positions.
In a new article recently published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Bruno Oliveira Martins and Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert analyze the dynamics surrounding the adoption of technologies for EU border control. The article is part of a forthcoming special issue on The Spiralling of the Securitization of Migration in the European Union, edited by Valeria Bello and Sarah Léonard.