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Dr Martin Horton-Eddison

Dr Martin Horton-Eddison

Lecturer in International Relations

Ysgol y Gyfraith a Gwleidyddiaeth

0.15, Adeilad y Gyfraith, Rhodfa'r Amgueddfa, Caerdydd, CF10 3AX


Martin has recently completed a PhD at Swansea University, holds an MA with Distinction from the University of Hull, and a BScEcon from Aberystwyth. Prior to joining Cardiff, he taught at Swansea’s department of Political and Cultural Studies.

Martin’s research examines international drug control responses to the challenges posed by illegal drug markets on the 'darknet'. His research is located in International Relations theory, specifically on the lifecycles of international prohibition regimes and intersects with considerations of global governance, international regimes (formation, performance, and survival) and international institutions. Thematically, Martin is interested in drug policy, transnational security and enforcement, crypto-currencies, cyber security, and internet anonymity.

Alongside teaching at Cardiff, Martin is also Crypto-Drug Market research lead at the Global Drug Policy Observatory. In this capacity, he engages with civil society groups, and has presented research to the UK Home Office, and to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.


Alongside lecturing at Cardiff, Martin is also Research Associate at the Global Drug Policy Observatory, leading on the observatory’s Crypto-Drug Market research project.  Prior to appointment at Cardiff, he worked for Swansea University teaching on a number of International Relations and History modules. Martin successfully defended his PhD thesis in January 2020.

2020 – International Relations PhD, Swansea University.

2015 – Master of Arts in International Relations (Distinction), University of Hull.

2012 – BSc(Econ) (honours) International Politics (Strategic Studies), Aberystwyth University.

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2015 – Swansea University full PhD Scholarship & Stipend (£55,000).

2014 – University of Hull full MA Scholarship & Stipend (£11,000).

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2019-Present: Lecturer, Cardiff University

2018-2019: Associate Lecturer (Tutor), Swansea University

2016-2018: Seminar Tutor, Swansea University

2015-Present, Research Associate, Global Drug Policy Observatory

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Martin has presented research to academic and governmental audiences at: the International Institute for Strategic Studies, to UK Home Office officials, and at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.