Ebba Tellander left PRIO in 2022. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Ebba Tellander

Doctoral Researcher

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 Researcher and Research Assistant at the Social Dynamics Department and a Communicator at the Communication Department.

She came home from 6 month of field-research in Somaliland in the beginning of 2019. She had then collected around 100 interviews and recorded conversations, fieldnotes and archival material. Currently, she is coding and analysing her data as well as writing up the insights and findings. Read more about the PhD project here

She is also collaborating with Postive Negatives to develop a 5 part graphic illustration (a cartoon) based on her research. Follow Postive Negative's Facebook page for updates.

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Hargeisa Group Hospital 1981, Photo: Produced by Postive Negatives, Artist: Pat Masioni


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Cleaning of Hargeisa Group Hospital 1981, Photo: Produced by Postive Negatives, Artist: Pat Masioni


She has also been part of a production of a TV series about a group of professionals who restored a hosptial as an act of resistance in Hargiesa 1981, which became a transformative moment in Somalia's and Somaliland's history. Read more about the TV production and the professionals' inspirational story here.

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Uffo TV program 2018-2019, Design: Mustafa Saeed


Tellander's areas of interest are: 

  • Civil resistance, social movements and collective action in high risk settings. 
  • Societal transformation in repressive and conflict contexts. 
  • Somalia's and Somaliland's recent history.
  • Norwegian-Somalis' role in Norwegian foreign policy.
  • Lived experiences of citizenship, belonging and civic engagement in Norway.
  • Accountability in Somaliland. 

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


Friday, 4 Dec 2020

Next Tuesday December 8th at 14.00 CET (Oslo time) we will have the PRIO Annual Peace Address, this time with young peacebuilders Hajer Sharief and Ilwad Elman.

On this occasion we wanted to highlight projects and research that focus on youth activism. We're sharing our work on young engagement in political change, because social movements that turn into positive societal transformation are not only initiated by people in power, but very often are initiated or inspired by youth trying to improve their communities. Here are some of the projects showing the importance of youth in peacebuilding.


Ph. D. project in International Social Sciences within the larger PRIO project ‘Social transformation in conflict settings’, with a focus on civil resistance and collective action in northern Somalia (today's Somaliland), 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

Language skills

Mother tongue: Swedish

Fluency: English, Norwegian

Upper intermediate: German 

Basic (currently studying): Somali

All but forgotten: Swahili 

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