Mathilde Bålsrud Mjelva

Research Assistant

Research Interests

​Migration, climate-conflict nexus, statistical methodology and machine learning


I work as a research assistant on the QuantMig-project, where I review and compile survey instruments that cover migration aspirations and related topics. I will also contribute to a meta-analysis of determinants of migration aspirations and decisions. I submitted my master's thesis in political science in June 2020, titled "Rainfall variability and violent, state-based conflict: A machine learning approach to estimate context specificity".


2018-2020: MA, Political Science, University of Oslo, Sciences Po Paris and PRIO

2014-2017: BA, International Studies, University of Oslo and Sciences Po Paris

Languages spoken:

Norwegian, English, French, Spanish


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

All Publications

Report - External Series

Aslany, Maryam; Jørgen Carling; Mathilde Bålsrud Mjelva; & Tone Sommerfelt (2021) Systematic review of determinants of migration aspirations, QuantMig deliverable, 2.2. Southampton: University of Southampton.