Bruno Oliveira Martins

Senior Researcher

Research Interests

My main research interests lie on the intersection between technological developments, security practices, and societal change. I currently contribute to and lead projects on states of emergency and on emerging security technologies. These include research funded by the European Commission on preparedness of metropolitan areas in front of drone threats, a network of academics studying drones and other security technologies, a project on exceptionalism during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a Horizon 2020 project on border technologies

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.


​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.

Professional background:

  • 2017-19: Postdoctoral Fellow, Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM), Malmö University
  • 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 


PRIO started tracking events online in 2007. This listing is not complete. Past events may be mentioned in our news archive.


​In this link you may find a complete list of my pre-PRIO work (books, peer-reviewed articles, journal special issues, peer-reviewed book chapters, reports, etc.), i.e that were published before I joined PRIO in late 2017. From that pre-PRIO period, some selected publications are listed below, together will all my PRIO works. 

Recent Publications

Martins, Bruno Oliveira & Jocelyn Mawdsley (2021) Sociotechnical Imaginaries of EU Defence: The Past and the Future in the European Defence Fund, Journal of Common Market Studies. DOI: 10.1111/jcms.13197.

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Martins, Bruno Oliveira & Jocelyn Mawdsley (2021) Sociotechnical Imaginaries of EU Defence: The Past and the Future in the European Defence Fund, Journal of Common Market Studies. DOI: 10.1111/jcms.13197.
Martins, Bruno Oliveira & Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (2020) EU Border technologies and the co-production of security ‘problems’ and ‘solutions’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2020.1851470.
Martins, Bruno Oliveira & Michael Strange (2019) Rethinking EU external migration policy: contestation and critique, Global Affairs 5(3): 195–202.
Strange, Michael & Bruno Oliveira Martins (2019) Claiming parity between unequal partners: How African counterparts are framed in the externalisation of EU migration governance, Global Affairs. DOI: 10.1080/23340460.2019.1691932.
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.
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 (2016) Interpreting EU–Israel relations: a contextual analysis of the EU’s Special Privileged Partnership proposal, Cambridge Review of International Affairs 29(1): 151–170.
Martins, Bruno Oliveira (2016) The political-legal nexus in EU counter-terrorism: an assessment of the two-track influences between the EU and the UN, European Politics and Society 17(2): 181–195.
Martins, Bruno Oliveira (2016) The EU against the New Normal: Avoiding the Banalization of the Israeli‒Palestinian Dispute, Mediterranean Politics 21(3): 452–456.
Martins, Bruno Oliveira & Alaa Tartir (2016) Forum Introduction: Prospects for Palestinian‒Israeli Relations: What Lies Ahead, Mediterranean Politics 21(3): 428–431.
Martins, Bruno Oliveira (2015) The European Union and Armed Drones: Framing the Debate, Global Affairs 1(3): 247–250.
Martins, Bruno Oliveira & Benedikt Backhaus (2015) Why and how the EU should act on armed drones, Global Affairs 1(3): 259–267.
Martins, Bruno Oliveira (2015) ‘A Sense of Urgency’: The EU, EU Member States and the Recognition of the Palestinian State, Mediterranean Politics 20(2): 281–287.
Ferreira-Pereira, Laura C. & Bruno Oliveira Martins (2012) The external dimension of the European Union's counter-terrorism: an introduction to empirical and theoretical developments, European Security 21(4): 459–473.
Martins, Bruno Oliveira & Laura C. Ferreira-Pereira (2012) Stepping inside? CSDP missions and EU counter-terrorism, European Security 21(4): 537–556.
Martins, Bruno Oliveira (2011) The EU, the Mirror and ‘the Others’, Journal of European Integration 33(3): 341–347.

Book Chapter

Martins, Bruno Oliveira (2020) Portugal, in Weiderfeld, Werner; & Wolfgang Wessels, eds, Jahrbuch der Europäische Integration 2020. Baden-Baden: Nomos (573–576).
Martins, Bruno Oliveira & Neven Ahmad (2020) The Security Politics of Innovation: Dual-use Technology in the EU’s Security Research Programme, in Calcara, Antonio; Raluca Csernatoni; & Chantal Lavallée, eds, Emerging Security Technologies and EU Governance: Actors, Practices and Processes. Oxon: Routledge.
Martins, Bruno Oliveira (2019) Portugal, in Weidenfeld, Werner; & Wolfgang Wessels, eds, Jahrbuch der Europäische Integration. Baden-Baden: Nomos (519–522).
Martins, Bruno Oliveira & Monika Ziegler (2018) Counter-Radicalization as Counter-Terrorism: The European Union Case, in Steiner, Kristian; & Andreas Önnerfors, eds, Expressions of Radicalization: Global Politics, Processes and Practices. Basingstoke: Palgrave (321–352).
Martins, Bruno Oliveira (2018) Portugal, in Weidenfeld, Werner; & Wolfgang Wessels, eds, Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration 2018. Berlin: Nomos (551–554).
Martins, Bruno Oliveira (2015) Social Appropriateness in EU’s Counter-Terrorism Law and Policy, in de Londras, Fiona; & Josephine Doody, eds, The Impact, Legitimacy and Effectiveness of EU Counter-Terrorism. Oxon and New York: Routledge (136–154).
Kienzle, Ben; Bruno Oliveira Martins & Antoine Vandemoortele (2015) Security Issues in Foreign Policy, in Jørgensen, Knud Erik; Åsne Aarstad; Edith Drieskens; Katie Laaitikainen; & Ben Tonra, eds, The SAGE Handbook of European Foreign Policy. London: SAGE.
Martins, Bruno Oliveira (2015) EU-Israel Relations: Expanding the Research Agenda, in Jørgensen, Knud Erik; Åsne Aarstad; Edith Drieskens; Katie Laaitikainen; & Ben Tonra, eds, The SAGE Handbook of European Foreign Policy. London: SAGE.

Edited Volume

Ferreira-Pereira, Laura C.; & Bruno Oliveira Martins, eds, (2013) The European Union’s Fight Against Terrorism: The CFSP and Beyond. Oxon and New York: Routledge.

Non-refereed Journal Article

Salter, Mark B.; Carol Cohn; Andrew Neal; Annick Wibben; J. Peter Burgess; Stephan Elbe; Jonathan Luke Austin; Jef Huysmans; RBJ Walker; Ole Wæver; Michael C. Williams; Emily Gilbert; Philippe Frowd; Dorthe Rosenow; Bruno Oliveira Martins; Vivienne Jabri; Claudia Aradau; Anna Leander; Antoine Bousquet; Anna Stavrianakis; Maria Stern; Kristin Bergtora Sandvik; Luis Lobo-Guerrero; Marieke De Goede; Rocco Bellanova; Hugh Gusterson; Charlotte Epstein; Jeniffer Mustapha; Kristoffer Lidén & Lene Hansen (2019) Horizon Scan: Critical security studies for the next 50 years, Security Dialogue 50(4): 9–37.
Martins, Bruno Oliveira (2019) Global affairs and the politics of security technologies, Global Affairs. DOI: 10.1080/23340460.2019.1608456.
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; Chantal Lavallée & Andrea Silkoset (2020) Drones in Times of Pandemic: Caution behind the Hype, Global Policy, 22 April.
Watson, Abigail; Aditi Gupta; Delina Goxho & Bruno Oliveira Martins (2019) Why Al-Shabaab’s attack on US drone base shouldn’t be ignored, Open Democracy, 22 October.
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.

PRIO Policy Brief

Jensehaugen, Jørgen; Bruno Oliveira Martins; Hilde Henriksen Waage & Júlia Palik (2020) A House Divided: EU Policy on the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict, MidEast Policy Brief, 2. Oslo: PRIO.
Martins, Bruno Oliveira & Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn (2020) Israel and COVID-19: The politics of health, security, and government formation, MidEast Policy Brief, 6. Oslo: PRIO.
Csernatoni, Raluca & Bruno Oliveira Martins (2019) The European Defence Fund: Key Issues and Controversies, PRIO Policy Brief, 3. Oslo: PRIO.

PRIO Paper

Martins, Bruno Oliveira; Arthur Holland Michel & Andrea Silkoset (2020) Countering the Drone Threat: Implications of C-Uas Technology for Norway in an EU and NATO Context, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.

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