Ebba Tellander

Doctoral Researcher

Ebba Tellander
Email: ebbtel@prio.org
Mobile phone: 463 83 700
Twitter: @ebba_katarina

Research Interests

Ebba Tellander is a Doctoral Researcher within the Societal Transformation in Conflict Contexts project. She was previously a Research Assistant at the Social Dynamics Department and a Communicator at the Communication Department. 

Tellander's areas of interest are civic mobilization in repressive and conflict settings, civic mobiliztion in Somaliland; Norwegian-Somalis' role in Norwegian foreign policy: lived experiences of citizenship and belonging in Norway; active citizenship in ethnically and religiously diverse societies; and accountability in Somaliland. 

Tellander has worked and studied in Kenya, Palestine, Germany, England, Somalia, Somaliland, Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden.



Ph. D. project in Social Sciences within the larger PRIO project ‘Social transformation in conflict settings’, with a focus on civic mobilization in northern Somalia at PRIO and International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Supervisors: Cindy Horst (PRIO) and Kees Biekart (ISS, Erasmus University Rotterdam). 

Master of Philosophy in Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Oslo, Thesis on the Somali diaspora and Norwegian Foreign Policywith scholarships from the Fritt Ord foundation and The Ministry of Justice and Public Security. 

Bachelor of International Studies, University of Oslo and Freie Universität Berlin.


2017 –  Present: Doctoral Researcher

2017: Coordinator for Media Research Group at PRIO autumn 2017. 

2017: Communicator at PRIO

2016  2017:  Researcher and Research Assistant at PRIO. Selected projects: Dimensions of Accountability in Somaliland; Active Citizenship in Culturally and Religiously Diverse Societies; Governing and Experiencing Citizenship in Multicultural Scandinavia. Assisted in the organization of the ‘Seventh High-Level Seminar on Gender and Inclusive Mediation Processes’.

2016: Accompanier at the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel, World Council of Churches/Norwegian Church Aid

2015 2016: External Research Assistant at PRIO

2014 2015: Project Coordinator at the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights

2014: Internship at the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights

2011 – Present: Freelance photographer (various assignments). Selected clients: Peace Research Institute Oslo (various assignments); World Council of Churches 2016; Nationellt kompetenscentrum för anhöriga 2015; the Oslo Center 2014, 2015; Sunnmørsposten 2015; Vikebladet 2015; Kolofin forlag 2011.

2011 – 2014: Board member (Leader in 2013) of the Palestine Committee at the University of Oslo

2007: International Culture Youth Exchange Program in Kisii, Kenya

2004 – 2005: Secretary of the Swedish Afghanistan Committee, Falun – Dalarna, Sweden


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Recent Publications

Tellander, Ebba & Cindy Horst (2019) A Foreign Policy Actor of Importance? The Role of the Somali Diaspora in Shaping Norwegian Policy towards Somalia, Foreign Policy Analysis 1(1): 136–154.

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Tellander, Ebba & Cindy Horst (2019) A Foreign Policy Actor of Importance? The Role of the Somali Diaspora in Shaping Norwegian Policy towards Somalia, Foreign Policy Analysis 1(1): 136–154.
Erdal, Marta Bivand; Elin Martine Doeland & Ebba Tellander (2018) How citizenship matters (or not): the citizenship–belonging nexus explored among residents in Oslo, Norway, Citizenship Studies. DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2018.1508415.

Popular Article

Tellander, Ebba (2016) Soldaten siktar rakt på mig [The soldier aims straight at me!], Dala-Demokraten, 21 November.
Tellander, Ebba (2016) The right to pray does not have an age limit, EAPPI Blog, 12 July.

PRIO Report

Carling, Jørgen; Marta Bivand Erdal; & Ebba Tellander (2017) Insights from Migration Research at PRIO, PRIO Research Summary. Oslo: PRIO.

Master Thesis

Tellander, Ebba (2015) The Somali Diaspora and Norwegian Foreign Policy. MA thesis, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo.

PRIO Policy Brief

Tellander, Ebba & Mohamed Aden Hassan (2016) Accountability in the Taxation System in Somaliland, PRIO Policy Brief, 24. Oslo: PRIO.
Tellander, Ebba & Mohamed Aden Hassan (2016) Isla-xisaabtanka Nidaamka Cashuuraha ee Somaliland [Accountability in the Taxation System in Somaliland], PRIO Policy Brief, 24. Oslo: PRIO.