Dr. Joana de Deus Pereira is Senior Research Fellow at RUSI Europe specialising in Counter-Terrorism and P/CVE. She has particular expertise in the realms of geopolitical and country-risk analysis in sub-Saharan Africa.
She has been involved in research and project management for a large number of EU-funded projects. Joana has also been engaged as an EU project evaluator for over three years and has deep experience in risk and security analysis with a focus on CT and P/CVE issues.
Since October 2019, Joana is a certified lecturer and instructor at NATO Centre of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism (COE-DAT), where she teaches Border Security, Border Technology and Human Trafficking. Joana is also a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Policing and Security- USW, where she co-manages the activities of the first Jean Monnet Network on EU Counter-Terrorism. She is the lead lecturer for Risk Management and Analysis, and International Security of Drugs, Human Trafficking and Organised Crime modules.
Joana holds a PhD from War Studies - King's College London focusing on the privatisation of security in the oil sector in Angola and Nigeria, and a post-doctorate in Migration Management and Border Security, a research project she managed under the H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship focusing on the role of private security providers in the management of the “so called” migration crisis and its impact for the European Agenda for Migration. She is a project Evaluator for the National Agency of Innovation (ANI - Portugal) and she began her career at the Ministry of Justice in Portugal as International Relations officer within the Extrajudicial Administration Directorate.
The fifth episode the European Commission’s podcast Europe Calling series tackles these and wider security issues with Vice-President Margaritis Schinas, responsible for Promoting the European Way of Life with an interview by leading security expert Joana de Deus Pereira.