Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn

Research Assistant

Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn
Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn left PRIO in 2022. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Research Interests

Colonization History, Decolonization, History of the Present, Italian History, Libyan History, Mediterraneran History and Migration History


Current Position:

Mathias is a research assistant involved in the following projects under the supervision of Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert, Marta Bivand Erdal and Kristian Berg Harpviken:

  • Humanitarianism, Borders, and the Governance of Mobility: The EU and the 'Migration Crisis' (humBORDER)
  • Aligning Migration Management and the Migration-Development Nexus (MIGNEX)
  • Reaching Out to Close the Border: The Transnationalization of Anti-Immigration Movements in Europe (MAM)


  • 2019: MPhil in Modern International and Transnational History (MITRA), the University of Oslo
  • 2008: Dual major BM in Performance and Contemporary Writing and Production, Berklee College of Music
  • 2003: BA in History, the University of Oslo

Languages Spoken:

Norwegian, English and Italian

Mathias holds an MPhil in Modern International and Transnational History from the University of Oslo, as well as BA in History from the same institution. His thesis dealt with how the previous colonial relationship between Italy and Libya affects and shapes migration management between the two countries (and the EU) today. Methodologically he has experience with archival research, qualitative interviews and extensive literature review.

He also previously earned a BM in Composition and Performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA and works as a musician and composer.

Mathias is affiliated with the DimSec Department.


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

All Publications

Popular Article

Akal, Ayşe Bala & Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn (2022) Rerouting Europe-bound refugees to the Global South ignores their human rights, Peace News Network, 29 July.

Master Thesis

Tjønn, Mathias Hatleskog (2019) The Persistence of Colonialism: A Century of Italo-Libyan Relationships and Its Influence on the Current Mediterranean Migration Regime (1911–2017). MA thesis, Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo, Oslo.

PRIO Policy Brief

Horst, Cindy; Marta Bivand Erdal; Jørgen Carling & Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn (2020) Diaspora, Development and Integration: A Review of Policies and Practice, PRIO Policy Brief, 5. Oslo: PRIO.

PRIO Paper

Carling, Jørgen; Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn; Cindy Horst & Marta Bivand Erdal (2020) Integration and Development: Need for Dialogue, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Kruse, Mathias; Emily Cochran Bech; Arnfinn H. Midtbøen; Per Mouritsen; Marta Bivand Erdal; Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn; Pieter Bevelander; Grete Brochmann; Davide Bertelli & Kristian Kriegbaum Jensen (2019) Citizenship, Participation and Belonging in Scandinavia: Results from a survey among young adults of diverse origins in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.

Report - External Series

Godin, Marie; Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert; & Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn (2022) Comparative experiences of third-country cooperation, MIGNEX Background Paper. Oslo: Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).
Godin, Marie; Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert; & Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn (2022) Internal (in)coherence in European migration policies, MIGNEX Background paper. Oslo: Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).
Erdal, Marta Bivand; & Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn (2021) Links between migration management, development and integration, MIGNEX Background paper. .