Joana de Deus Pereira is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Senior Research Fellow in security and migration at the University of South Wales. She is an expert in border security and a Module leader in Human and Drug Trafficking, Serious and Organised Crime and Risk Management. Since October 2019 she is a Lecturer and Instructor in Border Security and Border Technology for COE-DAT NATO on international organisations’ (UN, EU, OSCE, FRONTEX) perspectives on border security: achievements, challenges; Human and technological aspects of border security and Transnational and Hybrid Threats in Border Management and Security. She manages a research project 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 and she is an evaluator for the Portuguese National Innovation Agency, and partner-manager at Flexiblearth Lda, a Portuguese consultancy firm. Joana has extensive experience in Above Ground Risks (AGR) and she previously 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. She is an expert in intelligence risk analysis, private security, policy analysis and designing and implementing tailored made security programs according to different threat levels.