Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn

Research Assistant

Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn
Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn left PRIO in 2022. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Research Interests

Colonization History, Decolonization, History of the Present, Italian History, Libyan History, Mediterraneran History and Migration History


Current Position:

Mathias is a research assistant involved in the following projects under the supervision of Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert, Marta Bivand Erdal and Kristian Berg Harpviken:

  • Humanitarianism, Borders, and the Governance of Mobility: The EU and the 'Migration Crisis' (humBORDER)
  • Aligning Migration Management and the Migration-Development Nexus (MIGNEX)
  • Reaching Out to Close the Border: The Transnationalization of Anti-Immigration Movements in Europe (MAM)


  • 2019: MPhil in Modern International and Transnational History (MITRA), the University of Oslo
  • 2008: Dual major BM in Performance and Contemporary Writing and Production, Berklee College of Music
  • 2003: BA in History, the University of Oslo

Languages Spoken:

Norwegian, English and Italian

Mathias holds an MPhil in Modern International and Transnational History from the University of Oslo, as well as BA in History from the same institution. His thesis dealt with how the previous colonial relationship between Italy and Libya affects and shapes migration management between the two countries (and the EU) today. Methodologically he has experience with archival research, qualitative interviews and extensive literature review.

He also previously earned a BM in Composition and Performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA and works as a musician and composer.

Mathias is affiliated with the DimSec Department.


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All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Non-refereed Journal Article

Popular Article

Akal, Ayşe Bala & Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn (2022) Rerouting Europe-bound refugees to the Global South ignores their human rights, Peace News Network, 29 July.
Tank, Pinar; Pavel K. Baev; Jørgen Jensehaugen; Kristian Berg Harpviken; Alaa Tartir; Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn & Zenonas Tziarras (2020) What a Biden Presidency Could Mean for the Middle East, PRIO Blog, 12 November.

Master Thesis

Tjønn, Mathias Hatleskog (2019) The Persistence of Colonialism: A Century of Italo-Libyan Relationships and Its Influence on the Current Mediterranean Migration Regime (1911–2017). MA thesis, Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo, Oslo.

PRIO Policy Brief

Tjønn, Mathias Hatleskog (2022) Can the EU be an Effective Foreign Policy Actor Working for Peace in Libya?, MidEast Policy Brief, 2. Oslo: PRIO.
Erdal, Marta Bivand; Jørgen Carling; Cindy Horst & Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn (2020) Diaspora, Development and Integration: A Review of Policies and Practice, PRIO Policy Brief, 5. Oslo: PRIO.
Martins, Bruno Oliveira & Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn (2020) Israel and COVID-19: The politics of health, security, and government formation, MidEast Policy Brief, 6. Oslo: PRIO.

PRIO Paper

Erdal, Marta Bivand; Jørgen Carling; Cindy Horst & Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn (2020) Integration and Development: Need for Dialogue, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Erdal, Marta Bivand; Davide Bertelli; Mathias Kruse; Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn; Arnfinn H. Midtbøen; Grete Brochmann; Pieter Bevelander; Per Mouritsen; Emily Cochran Bech & Kristian Kriegbaum Jensen (2019) Citizenship, Participation and Belonging in Scandinavia: Results from a survey among young adults of diverse origins in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.

Report - External Series

Lebon-McGregor, Elaine; Marie Godin; Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert; Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn; Julia Schweers; & Niels Ike (2022) Comparative experiences of third-country cooperation, MIGNEX Background Paper. Oslo: Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).
Godin, Marie; Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert; Elaine Lebon-McGregor; Julia Schweers; & Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn (2022) Internal (in)coherence in European migration policies, MIGNEX Background paper. Oslo: Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).
Erdal, Marta Bivand; Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn; & Ahmet İçduygu (2021) Links between migration management, development and integration, MIGNEX Background paper. .

Blog Posts

What a Biden Presidency Could Mean for the Middle East

Posted by Pinar Tank, Pavel Baev, Jørgen Jensehaugen, Kristian Berg Harpviken, Alaa Tartir, Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn & Zenonas Tziarras on Thursday, 12 November 2020

With a winner finally announced in the US election, researchers at the PRIO Middle East Centre present a few thoughts on what a Biden presidency could mean for the Middle East. What are likely to be the guiding foreign policy principles of a Biden administration and how will regional and ... Read more »

The Persistence of Colonialism

Posted by Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn on Wednesday, 13 May 2020

How can colonial history help us to understand and explain the present European approach to migration across the Mediterranean? Today, we increasingly see the European Union (EU) attempting to move border controls and migration management beyond the Mediterranean and into countries along the coast of North Africa and Asia Minor. ... Read more »