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Martin Horton-Eddison

Dr Martin Horton-Eddison

Lecturer in International Relations

School of Law and Politics

+44 29208 75406
Law Building, Room 0.15, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX


Martin has a PhD in International Relations (Swans), an MA (Distinction) in Strategic Studies (Hull), and a BScEcon (Hons) in International Politics (Aberystwyth). Martin's current research examines international drug control responses to the strategic challenges posed by illegal drug markets on the so-called 'darknet'. More broadly, 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, strategy, cryptomarkets, cyber security, and internet anonymity.

Alongside teaching at Cardiff, Martin is also Drug CryptoMarket 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.


Martin's teaching at Cardiff includes: 

PL9224 Global Governance

PL9231 Critical War and Military Studies

PL9195 International Relations


Alongside lecturing at Cardiff, Martin is also Research Associate at the Global Drug Policy Observatory, leading on the observatory’s Drug CryptoMarket 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 – PHD, International Relations - Drug CryptoMarkets and Global Drug Prohibition, Swansea University.

2015 – Master of Arts in International Relations & the Middle East (Distinction), University of Hull.

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

Honours and awards

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

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

Academic positions

2019-Present: Lecturer, Cardiff University

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

2016-2018: Tutor Seminar, Swansea University

2015-Present, Research Associate, Global Drug Policy Observatory