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 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, Norway and Sweden.



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: Communicator at PRIO

2016  2017:  Research Assistant at PRIO

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)

2007: International Culture Youth Exchange Program in Kisii, Kenya


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All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Tellander, Ebba & Cindy Horst (2017) A Foreign Policy Actor of Importance? The Role of the Somali Diaspora in Shaping Norwegian Policy towards Somalia, Foreign Policy Analysis. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/fpa/orx012.

Popular Article

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.