Martin is based at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, LMU Munich. He is the principle investigator of the ERC-funded project Remoteness & Connectivity: Highland Asia in the World. Martin was a Clarendon scholar at Oxford and received his doctorate in 2010. He was a postdoc at the Asia Research Institute in Singapore and a Marie Curie Research Fellow at LMU Munich. He conducted extensive fieldwork in Siberia, Tibet and Nepal since 2003, directed two feature length documentary films and runs the visual ethnography blog theotherimage.com.