Cathrine Talleraas

Senior Researcher

Cathrine Talleraas
Mobile phone: +47 93436355
Twitter: @CatTalleraas


Cathrine Talleraas’ research interests span migration policy, management, transnationalism and humanitarianism. At PRIO, she is currently contributing to the H2020 project "QuantMig" and the "CONMIG" project. At the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), Cathrine is PI of the NordForsk funded project "Effects of Externalisation: EU Migration Management in Africa and the Middle East " where she focuses on migration policy in West Africa

Cathrine holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Oslo (2020). In her PhD research, she studied how state institutions engage with people who lead transnational lives. Her doctoral thesis "Institutionalising transnationalism: The national welfare system’s encounter with people who lead transnational lives" is available here. She is currently co-chair of the IMISCOE Standing Committee "Migration Politics and Governance" and a board member in the Standing Committee "Reflexive Migration Studies". In 2017-2018 she coordinated the IMISCOE PhD-Network.

Cathrine holds an MSc in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford, where her thesis focused on the effects and consequences of migration policy, using the readmission agreement between Ethiopia and Norway as a case study. She holds an MA in Human Geography from the University of Oslo, where she wrote about migration policy in Senegal and the role of policies in determining patterns of migration.


The following publications are specific to the PRIO Migration Centre. A more complete list is available at

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Carling, Jørgen; Marta Bivand Erdal & Cathrine Talleraas (2021) Living in two countries: Transnational living as an alternative to migration, Population, Space and Place 27(5): e2471.
Talleraas, Cathrine (2019) Who are the transnationals? Institutional categories beyond “migrants”, Ethnic and Racial Studies. DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2019.1599133.
Talleraas, Cathrine (2017) Reconciling transnational mobility and national social security: what say the welfare state bureaucrats?, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2017.1408461.

Book Chapter

Talleraas, Cathrine (2019) Complementing theories: institutional ethnography and organisation theory in institutional analysis, in E. Nilsen, Ann Christin; & Rebecca W. B. Lund, eds, Institutional Ethnography in the Nordic Region. London: Routledge (51–64).

Popular Article

Talleraas, Cathrine & Marta Bivand Erdal (2014) Stillheten om retur til Etiopia [The silence about return to Ethiopia], Ytring, 18 June.

Master Thesis

Talleraas, Cathrine (2014) The policy determinants of migration: What is the role of the Senegalese government in shaping patterns of migration from Senegal to Europe?. MA thesis, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo, Oslo.

PRIO Policy Brief

Korzeniewska, Lubomiła & Cathrine Talleraas (2018) The Morality of Transnational Social Security: When is it fair to export Norwegian social security benefits?, PRIO Policy Brief, 6. Oslo: PRIO.
Erdal, Marta Bivand & Cathrine Talleraas (2015) Becoming One of Us?, PRIO Policy Brief, 11. Oslo: PRIO.
Talleraas, Cathrine (2014) The Unintended Effects of Norway’s Readmission Agreement with Ethiopia, PRIO Policy Brief, 3. Oslo: PRIO.

PRIO Paper

Horst, Cindy; Marta Bivand Erdal; Jørgen Carling & Cathrine Talleraas (2018) Defining Sustainable Migration, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Carling, Jørgen & Cathrine Talleraas (2016) Root Causes and Drivers of Migration: Implications for Humanitarian Efforts and Development Cooperation, PRIO Paper. Oslo: Peace Research Institute Oslo.