Martin joined IDD in 2015 as a Birmingham Fellow. He holds a PhD in Politics from the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. His doctoral research explored the impact of rebel organisation on violence against civilians in African civil wars.
From 2012-2015, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg. In this role, Martin developed a large-N data collection on power-sharing in post-conflict situations, the Power-Sharing Event Dataset (PSED).
Martin's research combines advanced statistical research methods with qualitative case studies. He has conducted field research in Indonesia and Liberia.