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Joana Pereira known as Joana de Deus Pereira

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PhD in Security Studies – Department of War Studies/ Department of Defence Studies – King’s College London


Joana de Deus Pereira joined the Department in November 2018, and she is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the University of South Wales, proudly under the supervision of Prof. Christian Kaunert.

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.


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.

Previously, Joana has worked as an independent security consultant doing geopolitical and country risk analysis for several consulting companies, producing forward-looking analysis about political and economic events that may impact on the security sector – with a focus on intelligence risk analysis, private security, policy analysis and designing and implementing tailored made security programs according to different threat levels. Before that, she started her career as a civil servant at Portugal’s Ministry of Justice, where she was part of the research team behind the development and introduction of Alternative Dispute Resolution Schemes in the country, and co-authored of the earliest publications on justice-of-the-peace in the country.


EISA – European International Studies Association
UACES – University Association for Contemporary European Studies
ECREA – European Communication Research and Education Association

Areas of Expertise

Focused on the dynamics of commercial security in the European migration management and interested in the drivers of migration flows.
Experienced in the uses of private security companies in the energy sector with a thorough knowledge of West, Sub-Saharan and Lusophone Africa.
Expert in geopolitical analysis, country risk assessment and project evaluation.


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