Mathilde Bålsrud Mjelva

Doctoral Researcher

Research Interests

Social media, patterns and determinants of migration, climate-conflict nexus, survey methodology, machine learning


PhD student at PRIO.

I have previously worked as research assistant at PRIO on two migration-related projects: QuantMig and FUMI. My work on these projects focused particularly on determinants and drivers of migration and migration aspirations through the use of survey data and systematic literature reviews.

In 2020, I submitted my master's thesis in political science, 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

PRIO Policy Brief

Marsh, Nicholas & Mathilde Bålsrud Mjelva (2022) Consequences of the Invasion of Ukraine for Migration from the Global South, PRIO Policy Brief, 12. Oslo: PRIO.

Report - External Series

Erdal, Marta Bivand; Mathilde Bålsrud Mjelva; & Andreas Forø Tollefsen (2023) Conflict-related determinants of migration, QuantMig Background Paper. .
Aslany, Maryam; Jørgen Carling; Mathilde Bålsrud Mjelva; & Tone Sommerfelt (2021) Systematic review of determinants of migration aspirations, QuantMig deliverable, 2. Southampton: University of Southampton.
Carling, Jørgen; & Mathilde Bålsrud Mjelva (2021) Survey instruments and survey data on migration aspirations, QuantMig project deliverable, 2. Southampton: University of Southampton.