Marta Bivand Erdal

Research Director

Marta Bivand Erdal
Email: marta@prio.org
Work phone: +47 22 54 77 91
Mobile phone: +47 452 17 648
Twitter: @bivanderdal
Website: martabivanderdal.org
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Research Interests


  • Interactions of migrant transnationalism and integration
  • Remittances, migration and development
  • Return mobilities
  • Belonging, citizenship and diversity
  • Migration and religion

I am a Human Geographer and have conducted research in South Asia (mainly Pakistan), Norway and Poland. I combine research on migration processes and transnational ties, with research on living together in culturally and religiously diverse societies, focusing on citizenship and nationhood.

My research is mainly based on qualitative methods, using semi-structured interviews and focus groups, focusing on innovative approaches to sampling and data collection in migration research. I have also worked with surveys, in Pakistan and in Scandinavia, including survey instrument development, sampling consideratons, and analysis.

You can read more about my research interests on my personal website: martabivanderdal.org 

Background

​Personal profiles on other sites:

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Languages spoken:

Proficient: English, Norwegian, Polish.                                                              

Working experience:

2019- Research Director, Social Dynamics dept, PRIO

2017- Research Professor, PRIO

2012-2017 Senior Researcher, PRIO

2007-2012: Researcher, PRIO

2003-2007: Children's and youth officer, Association of young catholics in Norway (NUK).


Education:

2012: PhD (Human Geography), University of Oslo
2006: MA (Human Geography), University of Oslo
2002: BA with honours (Geography), University College London, University of London

Events

Publications

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

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Carling, Jørgen & Marta Bivand Erdal (2020) New economics of transnational living, Population, Space and Place 2410: 1–11.
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2020) Theorizing interactions of migrant transnationalism and integration through a multiscalar approach, Comparative Migration Studies 8(31).
Boccagni, Paolo & Marta Bivand Erdal (2020) On the theoretical potential of ‘remittance houses’: Toward a research agenda across emigration contexts, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2020.1804340.
Birkvad, Simon Roland; Marta Bivand Erdal & Jan Paul Brekke (2020) Losing the Right to Stay: Revocation of Refugee Permits in Norway, Journal of Refugee Studies. DOI: 10.1093/jrs/feaa006.
Horst, Cindy; Marta Bivand Erdal & Noor Jdid (2019) The “good citizen”: asserting and contesting norms of participation and belonging in Oslo, Ethnic and Racial Studies. DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2019.1671599.
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2019) Negotiation dynamics and their limits: Young people in Norway deal with diversity in the nation, Political Geography 73: 38–47.
Erdal, Marta Bivand & Lubomiła Korzeniewska (2019) Deskilling unpacked: Comparing Filipino and Polish migrant nurses’ professional experiences in Norway, Migration Studies. DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnz053.
Tellander, Ebba; Marta Bivand Erdal & Elin Martine Doeland (2018) How citizenship matters (or not): the citizenship–belonging nexus explored among residents in Oslo, Norway, Citizenship Studies. DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2018.1508415.
Strømsø, Mette & Marta Bivand Erdal (2018) Children’s rights, participatory research and the co-construction of national belonging, Human Rights Education Review 1(1): 25–45.
Erdal, Marta Bivand & Mette Strømsø (2018) Interrogating boundaries of the everyday nation through first impressions: experiences of young people in Norway, Social & Cultural Geography. DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2018.1559345.
Erdal, Marta Bivand & Ceri Oeppen (2017) Forced to leave? The discursive and analytical significance of describing migration as forced and voluntary, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2017.1384149.
Erdal, Marta Bivand & Tove Heggli Sagmo (2017) Descent, birthplace and residence: Aligning principles of citizenship with realities of migrant transnationalism, Norwegian Journal of Geography. DOI: 10.1080/00291951.2017.1369456.
Erdal, Marta Bivand & Marek Pawlak (2017) Reproducing, transforming and contesting gender relations and identities through migration and transnational ties, Gender, Place and Culture. DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2017.1372378.
Erdal, Marta Bivand & Kaja Borchgrevink (2017) With faith in development: Organizing transnational Islamic charity, Progress in Development Studies 17(3): 214–228.
Erdal, Marta Bivand & Rojan Tordhol Ezzati (2017) Do we have to agree? Accommodating unity in diversity in post-terror Norway, Ethnicities. DOI: 10.1177/1468796816684145.
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2016) Juxtaposing Pakistani diaspora policy with migrants’ transnational citizenship practices, Geoforum 76: 1–10.
Bygnes, Susanne & Marta Bivand Erdal (2016) Liquid migration, grounded lives: considerations about future mobility and settlement among Polish and Spanish migrants in Norway, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 43(1): 102–118.
Erdal, Marta Bivand & Kaja Borchgrevink (2016) Transnational Islamic charity as everyday rituals, Global Networks. DOI: 10.1111/glob.12137.
Bodla, Qamar; Asma Rubab; Anum Amjad & Marta Bivand Erdal (2015) Going Back to Pakistan for Education? The Interplay of Return Mobilities, Education, and Transnational Living, Population, Space and Place 22(8): 836–848.
Abdin, Zain Ul & Marta Bivand Erdal (2015) Remittance-sending among Pakistani taxi-drivers in Barcelona and Oslo: Implications of migration-trajectories and the protracted electricity crisis in Pakistan, Migration and Development 5(3): 378–393.
Ezzati, Rojan Tordhol & Marta Bivand Erdal (2015) 'Where are you from' or 'when did you come'? Temporal dimensions in migrants' reflections about settlement and return, Ethnic and Racial Studies 38(7): 1202–1217.
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2014) ‘This is My Home’: Pakistani and Polish Migrants’ Return Considerations as Articulations About ‘Home’, Comparative Migration Studies 2(3): 361–384.
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2014) Praca i rodzina: Rozważania o powrocie wśród Polaków mieszkających w Norwegii [Work and Family: Return considerations among Polish migrants living in Norway], Studia Migracyjne-Przegląd Polonijny(2): 41–64.
Erdal, Marta Bivand; Cindy Horst; Jørgen Carling & Karin Fathimath Afeef (2014) Private money, public scrutiny? Contrasting perspectives on remittances, Global Networks 14(4): 514–532.
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2013) Migrant Transnationalism and Multi-Layered Integration: Norwegian-Pakistani Migrants’ Own Reflections, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 39(6): 983–999.
Erdal, Marta Bivand & Ceri Oeppen (2013) Migrant Balancing Acts: Understanding the Interactions Between Integration and Transnationalism, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 39(6): 867–884.
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2012) Who is the money for? Remittances within and beyond the household in Pakistan, Asian and Pacific Migration Journal 21(4): 437–458.
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2012) 'A Place to Stay in Pakistan': Why Migrants Build Houses in their Country of Origin, Population, Space and Place 18(5): 629–641.
Carling, Jørgen; Marta Bivand Erdal & Cindy Horst (2012) How does Conflict in Migrants’ Country of Origin Affect Remittance-Sending? Financial Priorities and Transnational Obligations Among Somalis and Pakistanis in Norway, International Migration Review 46(2): 283–309.
Stokke, Kristian & Marta Bivand Erdal (2009) Contributing to Development? Transnational Activities among Tamils in Norway, Asian and Pacific Migration Journal 18(3): 397–418.

PhD Thesis

Erdal, Marta Bivand (2012) Transnational ties and belonging: Remittances from Pakistani migrants in Norway. PhD thesis, Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo.

Book Chapter

Erdal, Marta Bivand (2020) Migration, Forced, in International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Amsterdam: Elsevier (105–110).
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2017) Mobilitet og tilhørighet [Mobility and belonging], in Jordhus Lier, David; & Kristian Stokke, eds, Samfunnsgeografi: En innføring [Introduction to human geography]. Oslo: Cappelen Damm (275–290).
Borchgrevink, Kaja & Marta Bivand Erdal (2017) The Circulation of Transnational Islamic Charity, in Šerbedžija, Vojin; & Magdalena Nowicka, eds, Migration and Social Remittances in a Global Europe. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (259–280).
Erdal, Marta Bivand & Ceri Oeppen (2017) Forced to return? Agency and the role of post-return mobility for wellbeing among returnees to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Poland, in King, Russell; & Zana Vathi, eds, Return Migration and Wellbeing: Discourses, Policy-Making and Outcomes for Migrants and Their Families. Abingdon: Routledge (39–55).
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2017) Pakistani diaspora communities in Norway: Part of a transnational social field for how long?, in Rashid Amjad, ed., The Pakistani Diaspora: Corridors of Opportunity and Uncertainty. Lahore: Lahore School of Economics (197–224).
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2016) Innenfra, utenfra og tredjeposisjoner? Refleksiv posisjonalitet i forskning blant katolikker i Norge [Insider, outsider or third positions? Reflexive positionality in research among Catholics in Norway], in Kringlebotn Sødal, Helje; Anders Aschim; & Olav Hovdelien, eds, Kristne migranter i Norden [Christian migrants in the Nordic countries]. Kristiansand: Portal.
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2016) When Poland became the main country of birth among Catholics in Norway’: Exploring the interface of Polish migrants’ everyday narratives and Church responses to a rapid demographic re-constitution, in Erdal, Marta Bivand; & Dominic Pasura, eds, Migration, Transnationalism and Catholicism: Global Perspectives. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Pasura, Dominic & Marta Bivand Erdal (2016) Introduction: Migration, Transnationalism and Catholicism, in Pasura, Dominic; & Marta Bivand Erdal, eds, Migration, Transnationalism and Catholicism: Global Perspectives. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Ezzati, Rojan Tordhol & Marta Bivand Erdal (2013) Når ute også er hjemme. Migrasjon og utenrikspolitikk, in Weltzien, Åsmund; & Odd Mølster, eds, Norge og det nye verdenskartet. Oslo: Cappelen Damm (58–79).

Edited Volume

Pasura, Dominic; & Marta Bivand Erdal, eds, (2016) Migration, Transnationalism and Catholicism: Global Perspectives. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Non-refereed Journal Article

Stokke, Kristian & Marta Bivand Erdal (2017) Political geographies of citizenship (Introduction to special issue), Norwegian Journal of Geography. DOI: 10.1080/00291951.2017.1359207.
Lewicki, Aleksandra & Marta Bivand Erdal (2016) Polish migration within Europe: mobility, transnationalism and integration, Social Identities 22(1): 1–9.
Carling, Jørgen & Marta Bivand Erdal (2014) Return Migration and Transnationalism: How Are the Two Connected?, International Migration 52(6): 2–12.
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2014) Transnationalism in a Comparative Perspective: An Introduction, Comparative Migration Studies 2(3): 255–260.

Popular Article

Brekke, Jan-Paul & Marta Bivand Erdal (2019) Asylpraksis truer integreringen, Forskersonen, 6 June.
Borchgrevink, Kaja; Torkel Brekke & Marta Bivand Erdal (2019) Id-feiring og muslimsk giverglede, VG, 5 June.
Østby, Gudrun; Trude Lappegård; Bård Harstad; Marta Bivand Erdal; Jørgen Carling; Torbjørn Skardhamar & Carl Henrik Knutsen (2018) Forskningsrådet vil snu opp ned på hvordan forskning kvalitetssikres, forbedres, vurderes og deles | Forskere ved PRIO og UiO, Aftenposten, 14 November.
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2018) Ja, migranter har også borgerplikt, Dagens Næringsliv, 28 September.
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2018) Migrasjon er ikke uetisk, Dagens Næringsliv, 21 September.
Erdal, Marta Bivand & Kaja Borchgrevink (2018) Skal gi så det svir når fasten er slutt, Dagens Næringsliv, 15 June.
Midtbøen, Arnfinn H.; Simon Roland Birkvad & Marta Bivand Erdal (2018) Hvem skal få bli statsborgere?, Aftenposten, 7 June.
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2018) Nurse migration and the Global Compact for Migration, Migration for welfare (WELLMIG) project blog, 18 May.
Borchgrevink, Kaja & Marta Bivand Erdal (2017) Muslimsk medmenneseklighet [Muslim compassion], Dagbladet, 30 June.
Borchgrevink, Kaja & Marta Bivand Erdal (2017) Muslimsk medmenneseklighet [Muslim compassion], Dagbladet, 30 June.
Midtbøen, Arnfinn H. & Marta Bivand Erdal (2017) Å frata folk statsborgerskapet går ut over den enkeltes rettssikkerhet [Renouncing peoples’ citizenship effects the legal protection of the individual], Dagbladet, 5 April.
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2017) Hvem godtar vi som «norske»? [Who do we accept as "Norwegian"?], Aftenposten, 14 March.
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2017) Etnisk norsk er ingen absolutt størrelse [The "ethnic Norwegian" is no absolute entity], Dagbladet, 9 March.
Erdal, Marta Bivand & Mette Strømsø (2017) Hva er norskhet? [What is Norwegianness?], VG, 17 January.
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2016) Senterpartiets og andre partiers uklare syn på statsborgeren [The center party and other political parties' unclear views on the citizen], Vårt Land, 21 September.
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2016) Hvilket «kulturelt fellesskap» gir oss trygghet? [Which "cultural community" gives us a sense of safety?], Vårt Land, 28 June.
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2016) Hverdagsintegrering for norskfødte [Everyday integration for the 'Norwegian-born'], Dagbladet, 28 May.
Nygård, Håvard Mokleiv; Tove Heggli Sagmo; Marta Bivand Erdal; Rojan Tordhol Ezzati & Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (2015) Innvandringsdebatt på feil premisser [Wrong premises for the debate about immigration into Europe], NRK Ytring, 8 September.
Borchgrevink, Kaja & Marta Bivand Erdal (2015) Muslimer flest feirer id [Most Muslims Celebrate Eid], Dagbladet, 16 July.
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2015) Når foreldre frykter staten [When parents fear the state], Vårt Land, 6 June.
Erdal, Marta Bivand & Rojan Tordhol Ezzati (2015) Når blir du norsk? [When do you become Norwegian?], Aftenposten, 8 May.
Ezzati, Rojan Tordhol & Marta Bivand Erdal (2015) Evig innvandrer, aldri norsk [Eternal immigrant, never Norwegian], Bergens Tidende, 22 January.
Borchgrevink, Kaja & Marta Bivand Erdal (2014) Norske fremmedhjelpere [Foreign helpers], NRK Ytring, 19 December.
Erdal, Marta Bivand & Tove Heggli Sagmo (2014) Avleggs statsborgerskapslov [Outdated citizenship legislation], Dagens Næringsliv, 6 October.
Borchgrevink, Kaja & Marta Bivand Erdal (2014) Muslimsk dugnad for de fattige [Muslim charity for the poor], VG, 28 July.
Talleraas, Cathrine & Marta Bivand Erdal (2014) Stillheten om retur til Etiopia [The silence about return to Ethiopia], Ytring, 18 June.
Borchgrevink, Kaja & Marta Bivand Erdal (2013) Den usynlige bistanden, Klassekampen, 11 July.
Ezzati, Rojan Tordhol & Marta Bivand Erdal (2013) Norge og det nye verdenskartet [Norway and the new world map], Dagsavisen, 22 May.
Sagmo, Tove Heggli & Marta Bivand Erdal (2013) Mindre norsk med to pass [Less Norwegian with two passports], Ytring, 24 March.
Carling, Jørgen; Rojan Tordhol Ezzati; Cindy Horst & Marta Bivand Erdal (2010) Bidrar 'her' og 'der' [Contribute 'here' and 'there'], Aftenposten, 8 November.
Erdal, Marta Bivand & Cindy Horst (2010) Ekskludert fra utvikling? [Excluded from Development?], Dagsavisen, 29 July.
Gaas, Mohamed Husein; Marta Bivand Erdal & Cindy Horst (2008) Tvunget til lovbrudd [Forced to Break the Law], Dagbladet, 2 April.

PRIO Report

Erdal, Marta Bivand; Ebba Tellander; & Jørgen Carling (2017) Insights from Migration Research at PRIO, PRIO Research Summary. Oslo: PRIO.
Strømsø, Mette; Michael Collyer; Rojan Tordhol Ezzati; Katrine Fangen; Marta Bivand Erdal; & Thomas Lacroix (2017) Negotiating the Nation: Implications of Ethnic and Religious Diversity for National Identity, PRIO Project Summary. Oslo: PRIO.
Pettersen, Silje Vatne; Jørgen Carling; Erlend Paasche; Tove Heggli Sagmo; Marta Bivand Erdal; Marta Bolognani; Rojan Tordhol Ezzati; & Ceri Oeppen (2015) Possibilities and Realities of Return Migration, PRIO Project Summary. Oslo: PRIO.
Horst, Cindy; Jørgen Carling; Hilde Wallacher; & Marta Bivand Erdal (2007) Legal, Rapid and Reasonably Priced? A Survey of Remittance Services in Norway, PRIO Report, 3. Oslo: PRIO.

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.
Erdal, Marta Bivand & Cindy Horst (2018) What is Diversity?, PRIO Policy Brief, 12. Oslo: PRIO.
Carling, Jørgen & Marta Bivand Erdal (2018) Is ‘Sustainable Migration’ a Valuable Concept?, PRIO Policy Brief, 5. Oslo: PRIO.
Strømsø, Mette & Marta Bivand Erdal (2016) Norskhet i flertall [Plural Norwegianness], PRIO Policy Brief, 14. Oslo: PRIO.
Ezzati, Rojan Tordhol & Marta Bivand Erdal (2015) Alder, botid og livsfase: Integrering i et tidsperspektiv [Norwegian version], PRIO Policy Brief, 1. Oslo: Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).
Erdal, Marta Bivand & Rojan Tordhol Ezzati (2015) Age, life cycle, and length of stay: temporal perspectives on integration [English version], PRIO Policy Brief, 1. Oslo: Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2015) Pakistan as a Return Migration Destination, PRIO Policy Brief, 13. Oslo: PRIO.
Erdal, Marta Bivand & Kaja Borchgrevink (2015) Other Voices, Other Choices?, PRIO Policy Brief, 15. Oslo: PRIO.
Erdal, Marta Bivand & Cathrine Talleraas (2015) Becoming One of Us?, PRIO Policy Brief, 11. Oslo: PRIO.
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2015) How Polish Migrants in Norway Consider Return Migration, PRIO Policy Brief, 12. Oslo: PRIO.
Erdal, Marta Bivand & Kaja Borchgrevink (2015) Diaspora Development Engagements Seen Through the Prism of Islamic Charity, PRIO Policy Brief, 16. 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.
Erdal, Marta Bivand; Lubomiła Korzeniewska; Magdalena Żadkowska & Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka (2019) Building Trust across Borders, 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.
Horst, Cindy; Marta Bivand Erdal; Jørgen Carling & Cathrine Talleraas (2018) Defining Sustainable Migration, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Erdal, Marta Bivand & Cindy Horst (2010) Engaging Diasporas in Development. A Review of Pilot Project Pakistan, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.

Report - Other

Kosakowska-Berezecka, Natasza; Lubomiła Korzeniewska; Magdalena Żadkowska; & Marta Bivand Erdal (2019) Tillit over grensene: En gjennomgang av kunnskap om tillit, migrasjon og barnevern [Trust across Borders: A Review of the Literature on Trust, Migration and Child Welfare Services]Gdańsk.
Kosakowska-Berezecka, Natasza; Magdalena Żadkowska; Marta Bivand Erdal; & Lubomiła Korzeniewska (2019) Zaufanie Ponad Granicami: Przegląd Literatury Badawczej Dotyczącej Kwestii Zaufania Społecznego, Migracji, Oraz Instytucji Pomocy Społecznej i Ochrony Praw Dziecka [Trust across Borders: A Review of the Literature on Trust, Migration and Child Welfare Services]Gdańsk.
Brekke, Jan-Paul; Simon Roland Birkvad; & Marta Bivand Erdal (2019) Losing the Right to Stay: Revocation of immigration residence permits and citizenship in Norway - Experiences and effects9. Oslo: Institute for Social Research - Institutt for Samfunnsforskning.
Korzeniewska, Lubomiła; Magdalena Żadkowska; Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka; & Marta Bivand Erdal (2019) Trust across Borders: A Review of the Literature on Trust, Migration and Child Welfare ServicesGdańsk.
Ennals, Alice; Marta Bivand Erdal; Nadia Falch Bandak; & Kari Helene Partapouli, eds, (2015) Diaspora og Utvikling [Diaspora and Development]Oslo: Development Fund.
Ezzati, Rojan Tordhol; & Marta Bivand Erdal (2012) Migrasjon og nye utenrikspolitiske realiteter [Migration and new Norwegian foreign policy realities]The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Report - External Series

Czaika, Mathias; Marta Bivand Erdal; & Jørgen Carling (2020) Translating Migration Theory Into Empirical Propositions, QuantMig Project Deliverable, 1. Southampton: University of Southampton.

Book Review

Vargas-Silva, Carlos (2013) Review of Marta Bivand Erdal, ed., Handbook of Research Methods in Migration, in International Migration Review 47(2): 474–475.
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2012) Review of The Political Economy of Global Remittances: Gender, Governmentality and Neoliberalism, in Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 30: 753–.