Bruno Oliveira Martins

Senior Researcher

Research Interests

​My main research interests lie on the intersection between technological developments, security practices, and societal change. I am interested in several issues within the wider security studies agenda. I have also conducted research on the EU's foreign policy towards Israel and Palestine.


​I am a senior researcher at PRIO and a postdoctoral fellow at Malmö University. I am also one of the coordinators of INTERSECT: Technology-Security-Society interplays in Europe, a UACES Collaborative 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 


​Here's a selection of my work, published before I joined PRIO:

BO Martins and Monika Ziegler (2017) "Counter-Radicalization as Counter-Terrorism: The European Union Case", in K. Steiner and A. Önnerfors eds, Expressions of Radicalization: Global Politics, Processes and Practices (Palgrave)

BO Martins (2017) 'Drones, technology, and the normalization of exceptionalism in contemporary international security', Nação e Defesa (Nation & Defence) 146: 37-48.

BO Martins (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.

BO Martins (2016) 'The EU against the new normal: avoiding the banalization of the Israeli―Palestinian dispute', Mediterranean Politics, 21 (3): 452-456, DOI: 10.1080/13629395.2015.1126389; 

BO Martins (2016) 'Interpreting EU-Israel Relations: A contextual analysis of the Special Partnership Status proposal', Cambridge Review of International Affairs 29 (1): 151-170.

Alaa Tartir and BO Martins (2016) Forum Introduction: Prospects for Palestinian‒Israeli Relations: What Lies Ahead, Mediterranean Politics 21 (3): 428-431, DOI: 10.1080/13629395.2015.1126387

BO Martins (2015) 'The European Union and Armed Drones: Framing the Debate', Global Affairs 1(3): 247-250.

BO Martins and B. Backhaus (2015) 'Why and How the EU should act on Armed Drones', Global Affairs 1 (3): 259-267.

BO Martins (2015) "'A "Sense of Urgency": the EU, the EU member states and the recognition of the Palestinian state', Mediterranean Politics 20 (2): 281-287.

BO Martins (2015) 'Social Appropriateness in EU counter-terrorism law and policy', in F. de Londras and J. Doody eds, The Impact, Legitimacy and Effectiveness of EU Counter-Terrorism, London: Routledge.

B. Kienzle, BO Martins and A. Vandemoortele (2015) 'Security Issues in Foreign Policy', in SAGE Handbook of European Foreign Policy, London: Sage

BO Martins (2015) 'EU-Israel Relations: Expanding the Research Agenda', in SAGE Handbook of European Foreign Policy, London: Sage

 L. Ferreira-Pereira and BO Martins eds (2014) The EU's Fight Against Terrorism: The CFSP and Beyond, London and New York: Routledge. 

BO Martins (2013) Disclosed: EU Vulnerability - Taking US Mass Surveillance Seriously after the Snowden Affair. IPRIS Viewpoints 132, Lisbon: Portuguese Institute for International Relations and Security.

BO Martins (2013) Welcome to the Future: Ethical, Legal, and Political Issues in the Use of Drones, IPRIS Viewpoints 118, Lisbon: Portuguese Institute for International Relations and Security.

L. Ferreira-Pereira and BO Martins (2012) 'The External dimension of EU counter-terrorism: an introduction to empirical and theoretical developments', European Security 21 (4): 459-473.

BO Martins and L. Ferreira-Pereira (2012) 'Stepping Inside? CSDP missions and EU counter-terrorism', European Security 21 (4): 537-556.

BO Martins (2011) 'The EU, the Mirror and "The Others"', Journal of European Integration 33 (3), 2011: 341-347.

BO Martins (2009) Segurança e Defesa na Narrativa Constitucional Europeia, 1950-2008, Cascais: Principia.

Recent Publications

Oliveira Martins, Bruno & Christian Küsters (2018) Hidden security: EU public research funds and the development of European drones, Journal of Common Market Studies.

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Oliveira Martins, Bruno & Christian Küsters (2018) Hidden security: EU public research funds and the development of European drones, Journal of Common Market Studies.