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Joana de Deus Pereira, Dr

University of South Wales, Life Sciences and Education

Areas of Expertise

Country of residence

United Kingdom

Online Academic Profile

Research Discipline

Politics & International Relations

Language Skills

  • Portuguese (mother tongue )
  • English (proficient )
  • French (fluent)
  • Spanish (proficient)
  • Italian (basic)


Joana holds 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, she also co-founded the Private Military & Security Research Group, which sought to increase the understanding of PMSC's while promoting a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of PMSCs.Joana de Deus Pereira is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow, proudly under the supervision of Prof. Christian Kaunert. She joined the Department of Policing and Security at the University of South Wales in November 2018.Her current research focuses on the role of private security providers in the management of the "so called" migration crisis, its impact for the European Agenda for Migration, and how do private security actors and defence industry shape the European migration management policy inside and outside the EU borders.