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).

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.

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 


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

Martins, Bruno Oliveira (2019) Global affairs and the politics of security technologies, Global Affairs. DOI: 10.1080/23340460.2019.1608456.

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

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.
Tartir, Alaa & Bruno Oliveira Martins (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 & 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

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 & 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

Csernatoni, Raluca & Bruno Oliveira Martins (2019) The European Defence Fund: Key Issues and Controversies, PRIO Policy Brief, 3. Oslo: PRIO.

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