SOBRE

JHM is a research and consultancy company specializing in Illicit Economics that supports companies and public agencies in planning and controlling risks and criminal problems caused by the activity of illicit markets, such as smuggling, counterfeiting, theft and cargo theft, trafficking, among others crimes related to the problem. We act scientifically in monitoring the incidence of phenomena related to risks and damages to people, companies, activities and places, producing knowledge with the objective of expanding the capacity of society and the market to control threats to life and property.

JHM Research emerged from the knowledge and experience of João Henrique Martins considering his extensive professional and academic trajectory in the areas of Intelligence and Security Policies.


Mr. Martins was a military police officer for 15 years and an intelligence officer between 2005 and 2013 at the São Paulo Military Police Intelligence Center. He worked in the areas of crisis management, criminal analysis, prison system and transnational crimes and developed methods and analysis models for the strategic level support of public security.

While performing his duties as a police officer, Mr. Martins was building his academic career by qualifying in quantitative research methods applied to Human Sciences at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in 2008 and in 2009. He took then his master’s degree in Political Science at the University of São Paulo Paulo, with a thesis on the impact of contemporary crime on the performance of public security agencies in New York, Bogotá and in the states of São Paulo and Minas Gerais in the 1990s and 2000s. He was also a professor of International Security and Research Methodology at the University Anhembi Morumbi between 2013 and 2106.

In his career, he was also a consultant to the Fiesp Board on public security and the prison system between 2014 and 2018. He created and structured the entity’s Illicit Markets Observatory, produced the Yearbook on Transnational Illicit Markets, editions 2016 to 2018, and the first Industry Victimization Survey in the country, for the state of São Paulo.

He is currently a reserve officer, but continues to reconcile his academic and corporate career. He teaches subjects related to Intelligence and Security Policies in the Military Police Intelligence courses, in undergraduate and graduate courses at the Barro Branco Academy and in Training Courses for Police Officers and Superiors. He is an associate researcher in security policy at the Public Policy Center of the University of São Paulo since 2010 and also a corporate researcher and security consultant since 2013.

He currently leads the Project “Census of Illicit Markets” for the period 2019-2021, which was selected as one of 31 impact projects, among 157, by the Expert Council of Philip Morris International Impact – international cooperation body of experts in Security, Economics and Human Rights who worked in the governments of the USA and France, the International Criminal Court and in organizations such as UN, UNODC, IACA and Europol. The PMI Impact Program funds projects that contribute to combat the illicit trade and related crimes globally.