Martin completed his PhD at the Clinton Institute (University College Dublin) where his research focused on the role of the Irish diaspora in the Northern Ireland Peace Process examining strategic diaspora engagement through diaspora media, diaspora philanthropy, and diaspora politics. He was also a visiting fellow at the United Nations University in Maastricht (UNU-MERIT). He currently serves as an advisor at The Networking Institute. Together with colleagues at The Networking Institute, he has collaborated globally on diaspora engagement for a range of public and private sector clients in approximately 30 countries. He has a wide publication record on diaspora engagement including several diaspora policies and strategies.