Bruno Oliveira Martins

Senior Researcher

Research Interests

My main research interests lie on the intersection between technological developments, security practices, and societal change. In 2019, I lead three projects at PRIO: Counter-Drone Systems​, Transnational Academic Network for the Study of Armed Drones (TRANSAD), and INTERSECT: Technology - Security - Society Interplays in Europe (the latter with André Barrinha, Marieke de Goede, Karen Lund Pedersen and Mireille Hildrebrandt). Together with Mark Salter, I coordinate the project Global Security Technology Laboratories (GeSTaLT).

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.


​I am a senior researcher at PRIO, where I am coordinator of the Security Research Group and a member of the Migration and Law & Ethics Research groups. I am also a postdoctoral fellow at Malmö University, as well as one of the coordinators of INTERSECT: Technology-Security-Society interplays in Europe, a UACES Research Network (2017-2019).

Professional background:

  • 2017: Guest researcher, ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo
  • 2013-2016: Postdoc / Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University
  • 2013-14: External Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Southern Denmark
  • 2010-14: Researcher, University of Minho, Project Strategic Partnerships in EU's Foreign Policy
  • 2011: Visiting Fellow, European University Institute, Florence
  • 2010: Visiting Fellow, Egmont Institute, Brussels
  • 2008: Political Analyst, Delegation of the European Commission in Israel.
  • 2008: EuroMeSCo Exchange Researcher, Ben-Gurion University, Israel. Research Project Undocumented Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Israel
  • 2006-08: Researcher, Institute for Strategic and international Studies (IEEI), Lisbon


  • 2014: PhD in Political Science, University of Minho, Portugal.
  • 2008: MA in European Studies, University of Minho, Portugal
  • 2003: Licenciatura (5 year graduation) in Law, Portuguese Catholic University.


  • Fluent: Portuguese (mother tongue), English, Spanish
  • Intermediate: Italian
  • Basic: Danish, Norwegian, French 


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​Here's a list of my work (books, peer-reviewed articles, journal special issues, peer-reviewed book chapters, reports, etc.) published before I joined PRIO. Over the last 10 years, my main research focus has been on foreign, security and defence policies of the EU, including issues such as counter-terrorism, EU-Israel-Palestine relations, and developments in defence research, in particular the case of drones.

Recent Publications

Aarstad, Åsne & Bruno Oliveira Martins (2018) Researching Private Security in Africa: Two Theoretical Orientations, Two Tales of Security Governance, Global Policy 9(4): 586–588.

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Aarstad, Åsne & Bruno Oliveira Martins (2018) Researching Private Security in Africa: Two Theoretical Orientations, Two Tales of Security Governance, Global Policy 9(4): 586–588.
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.
Martins, Bruno Oliveira & Christian Küsters (2018) Hidden Security: EU Public Research Funds and the Development of European Drones, Journal of Common Market Studies. DOI: 10.1111/jcms.12787.

Book Chapter

Martins, Bruno Oliveira (2018) Portugal, in Weidenfeld, Werner; & Wolfgang Wessels, eds, Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration 2018. Berlin: Nomos.

Non-refereed Journal Article

Cravo, Teresa Almeida; Bruno Oliveira Martins & Michael Strange (2018) Call for submissions to the commentary/debate section of Global Affairs, Global Affairs. DOI: 10.1080/23340460.2018.1502287.

Popular Article

Martins, Bruno Oliveira & Åsne Aarstad (2017) ICAN - International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Store Norsk Leksikon, 4 December.
Martins, Bruno Oliveira & Åsne Aarstad (2017) EUs skjulte militarisering, Klassekampen, 21 November.