Hassan Aden

Senior Researcher

Hassan Aden
Email: hasade@prio.org
Mobile phone: +47 96753581
Twitter: @Hassanyarre123

Research Interests

  • Refugee education
  • Global governance and legitimacy of institutions of global governance
  • Food security and public policy
  • Post-conflict peacebuilding
  • Civil society and social movement


Hassan Aden is a doctoral researcher on the project Refugee Education Building Durable Futures (REBuilD) and a PhD candidate at the University of Gothenburg. He holds a masters degree in Global Studies majoring in Political Science from Lund University and a Bachelor degree in International Relations from Malmö Univerity.

Research Abstract

Education in situations of conflict and crisis is central in efforts to protect children and youth in the near-term and fostering peaceful coexistence over the longer-term. But how can education enable individuals and communities to build durable futures when there is great uncertainty about where these futures will be? Recognizing the protracted nature of refugee situations, the latest UNHCR education strategy prioritizes the integration of refugees into the national education systems of host countries. While this strategy may increase refugee children and youth's access to 'inclusive and equitable quality education' (SDG4), it fails to recognize the limbo in which refugees find themselves: they are non-citizens who cannot access the durable futures that education promises them. My doctoral project aims to challenge existing paradigms of education for development, which are centered on nation-states, in three ways. First, it examines the roles of private and civil society actors as well as national governments. Second, it studies the transnational dimensions of education that is not provided by the host state, including the role of diasporas and social media. And third, it analyses the impact of models of education that focus on civic skills and identities both within and beyond the nation-state

 Work Experience 
Period                                  Title                                      Employer 
2018-04-01               PhD student           Gothenburg University       
2018-04-01               Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
2014-02-2018-04         A teacher              Bromölla Kommun
2016-04-2016-09        Integration assistant   Kristianstad Kommun   
2014-09-2015-09        Anti-discrimination ambassador  Skåne Horn av Afrika Organisation 
2009-04-2010-08          A teacher             Windle Trust International and CARE International 




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

All Publications

PRIO Policy Brief

Aden, Hassan & Cindy Horst (2022) From Refugees to Citizens? Rethinking Refugee Education Dilemmas, PRIO Policy Brief, 13. Oslo: PRIO.
Aden, Hassan; Cindy Horst; Marte Nilsen & Gudrun Østby (2022) What Can We Learn from Refugee-Led Education in Kenya?, PRIO Policy Brief, 14. Oslo: PRIO.