Joana Deus Pereira
I am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellow at the University of South Wales, proudly under the supervision of Prof. Christian Kaunert. My current research focuses on the role of private security providers in the management of the so called "migration crisis", its impact on the European Agenda for Migration, and how private security actors and the defence industry shape European migration management policy inside and outside EU borders. I hold a PhD in security studies from King’s College London – Department of War Studies and Defence Studies, with a thesis on the role of private security contractors in the oil sector in Angola and Nigeria. While at King’s College, I also co-founded the Private Military & Security Research Group. Prior to that, I worked as an independent security consultant doing geopolitical and country risk analysis for several consulting companies. Before that, I started my career as a civil servant at Portugal’s Ministry of Justice, where I was part of the research team behind the development and introduction of Alternative Dispute Resolution Schemes in the country.