Bruno Oliveira Martins: All news

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Monday, 22 Aug 2022
PRIO Contributions to Arendalsuka 2022

​Arendalsuka concluded on Friday and PRIO Director Henrik Urdal sums up PRIO's contributions.

Friday, 19 Aug 2022
PRIO at Arendalsuka 2022

​PRIO participated at this year's Arendalsuka with three events, and with our researchers on several debate panels.

Wednesday, 20 Apr 2022
New Horizon Europe Project at PRIO on Security Research

​A collaborative project in which PRIO participates has been awarded a large grant from the European Union's Horizon Europe programme.

Tuesday, 19 Oct 2021
Bruno Oliveira Martins Speaks at UN Office of Counter-Terrorism Expert Group Meeting

​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. 

Tuesday, 28 Sep 2021
RegulAIR Project Team Makes an Address at INTERPOL Drone Incursion Exercise

​​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.

Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021
New Project: Preparing the EU’s Drone Strategy 2.0

​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.

Thursday, 20 May 2021
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: From Sheikh Jarrah to Gaza

​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. 

Monday, 3 May 2021
Call for Applications: Three New PhD Positions at PRIO

​PRIO invites applications for three Doctoral Researcher positions.

Tuesday, 2 Mar 2021
Border Security ‘Problems’ and ‘Solutions’: What’s the relationship?

​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.

Tuesday, 9 Feb 2021
Funding in Place for New Projects on Security and AI

  • What is disruptive innovation and in which ways does it impact security and defence? 
  • How should the Total Defence concept be adapted to better capture the challenges of today's tech-based societies? 
  • How are civil-military relations challenged by the growing importance of dual-use technologies in both security & defence and the society at large? 

Friday, 15 Jan 2021
PRIO Joins EU Network of Non-Proliferation and disarmament think tanks

PRIO has now joined the European Network of non-proliferation and disarmament think tanks, established by the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium. The Network gathers researchers who wish to share their work with their academic colleagues, as well as with both European authorities and the key decision-makers within EU Member States.

Tuesday, 29 Sep 2020
New European Commission-Funded Research on Countering Drone Threats

In recognition of the risks posed by non-cooperative drones, but especially in cities, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME) launched in August 2020 an external study of different metropolitan approaches in confronting this challenge now and in the years to come. Specifically, the study looks to identify, assess and provide guidance and recommendations concerning different possible measures aimed at addressing the security-related threats that drones pose to different stakeholders in a metropolitan context.

Friday, 3 Jul 2020
COVID-19 in the Middle East: Different Regimes, Different Responses

​In May, a new PRIO Middle East Centre project started. The project, entitled 'Reacting to COVID-19 Across the MENA region', aims to explore how Middle East states reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic and what these varied reactions say about the regimes in question, combining statistical analysis of regional patterns with five case studies: Jordan, Turkey, Iran, Israel, and Palestine. The case studies are published in the MidEast Policy Brief series, with an accompanying PRIO Paper presenting the statistical analysis.

Friday, 8 May 2020
Bruno O. Martins Featured in CNN News Video on Drones

​Bruno Oliveira Martins was interviewed by CNN for a news video focusing on the use of drones during the COVID-19 pandemic. The video report illustrates the different uses of drones, from humanitarian relief to surveillance, and it showcases both the potential of drone technology and the problems associated with it.

Monday, 27 Apr 2020
Introducing the MidEast Policy Brief Series

​The MidEast Policy Brief series was launched in late 2019. The series aims to disseminate timely and relevant research to the wider public on topics relating to the MENA region, and provide research-based policy advice. Three policy briefs have been published in the series. The first assesses the viability of Kurdish and Palestinian quests for self-determination, the second lays out misconceptions about the Yemen War, while the third scrutinizes the foundations of the EU policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Tuesday, 7 Apr 2020
COVID-19 "States of Emergency" Project Launches at PRIO

​​All over the world, states are responding to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic by invoking the state of emergency – generally characterized by an expansion of the state power, allowing it to perform actions that it could not carry in times of normal politics.

Monday, 9 Mar 2020
DRIVER+ Project Celebrates Achievements and Successes

Launched in May 2014, DRIVER+ is an EU-funded project tasked with promoting and testing new, science-based improvements in crisis management to improve the response to climate-change related threats such as wildfires and flooding, as well as other threats such as industrial accidents and terrorism. The DRIVER+ consortium brings together dedicated multi-national practitioners, relief agencies, policy makers, technology suppliers and researchers. Altogether, they represent more than 30 partners in 14 countries. PRIO's role in the project has been to coordinate the work on research ethics and to develop and implement a framework for assessing the potential societal impacts of crisis management solutions. The PRIO team has been led by Stine Bergersen in collaboration with Bruno Oliveira Martins.

The project formally ends in April 2020, and the DRIVER+ Advanced Crisis Management Conference (Final Conference) was organized in Brussels 18th - 20th February 2020.

Monday, 25 Nov 2019
Call for Papers: The Future of EU Security

​The INTERSECT Research Network has opened a call for papers for the third and final INTERSECT workshop 6-7 February, 2020 at the University of Amsterdam.

Monday, 18 Nov 2019
Researchers from the PRIO Middle East Centre participated in Institute for Palestine Studies seminar in Beirut

​Upon invitation from the Institute for Palestine Studies (IPS), Middle East Centre researchers Júlia Palik, Bruno Oliviera Martins, and Nic Marsh participated in a closed seminar on the future strategic changes and challenges in the Middle East.

Tuesday, 22 Oct 2019
Researchers from PRIO Project “Counter-Drone Systems” Participate in European Commission’s High-Level Conference

Upon invitation from the European Commission’ DG for Migration and Home Affairs, PRIO’s Bruno Oliveira Martins and Arthur Holland Michel, co-director at the Center for the Study of the Drone and PRIO project partner, participated in the High-Level International Conference on countering the threats posed by unmanned aircraft systems.

Tuesday, 8 Jan 2019
INTERSECT Project Calls for Papers: UACES Conference

For the upcoming 49th UACES Conference (University of Lisbon, 1-4 September 2019), INTERSECT is interested in submitting up to five panels/roundtables/innovative panels that address the impact of technology on European security. 
Relevant themes include (but are not limited to):
• The EU Defence Research Fund and developments in EU defence
• Technology and border(ing) practices
• Drones, robotics and AI in the European context
• STS approaches to EU security
• Cybersecurity and cybercrime in Europe 
• Predictive policing
Abstracts should be submitted to Dr André Barrinha ( and Dr Bruno Oliveira Martins ( by 14th January 2019.

Thursday, 13 Dec 2018
Research Network INTERSECT Moves to PRIO

​As of December 2018, the collaborative research network INTERSECT has found a new home at PRIO. INTERSECT: Technology-Security-Society Interplays in Europe was previously based at Malmö University since January 2017. It is funded by the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), and will last until December 2019.

Tuesday, 16 Jan 2018
New project on armed drones

PRIO Senior researcher Bruno Oliveira Martins has been awarded a grant from the Open Society Foundations to lead the project TRANSAD – Transnational Academic Network for the Study of Armed Drones. 

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