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GPS seminar october 4

Hidden security: EU public research funds and the development of European drones

 

Bruno Oliveira Martins (Postdoc, GPS) 

Moderated by Erika Svedberg (Senior Lecturer, GPS)

Discussant: Malin Isaksson (Senior Lecturer, GPS) 

In recent years, dozens of drone development projects have attracted hundreds of millions of EUR from EU public research funds with little accountability and scarce political oversight. This article relates the ongoing exponential growth of the drone industry in Europe with the vast amounts of EU public research funding canalised to drone research. These projects often configure partnerships that are neither strictly public, nor strictly private, and it is precisely a combination of their hybrid nature with the centrality of technology expertise that makes them less visible. This partial invisibility is particularly relevant in the context of a dual-use technology that enables new forms of surveillance, pose societal challenges, and can be used as a lethal weapon. Beyond providing short-term responses to specific problems, we argue that these tactics largely succeeded in fostering a common EU security and defence research & defence culture in a time of international security uncertainty.

Information on Bruno Oliveira Martins’ research is available at: http://forskning.mah.se/en/id/ah3641

 

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