​A jury composed of the Babylon editorial board and the journal editors agreed that Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn’s article «Å gjøre vann til olje: Kolonitidens betydning for den italiensk-libyske oljeindustrien» was the best article by a pre-PhD researcher in the 2019 editions of Babylon – Nordic journal of Middle Eastern Studies.

​The article was based on the research from his MA thesis written at PRIO.

The Babylon prize has been handed out annually since 2009.

Congratulations Mathias!