Erlend Paasche

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Academic interests

Paasche’s postdoctoral fellowship is part of the project ‘Transnationalism from above and below: Migration management and how migrants manage’ (MIGMA), a 2015-2019 research project funded by the Research Council of Norway. Paasche’s contribution to MIGMA is to explore Nigerian cultural representations of migration to Europe, as reflected in popular culture and as narrated by non-migrants, and the experiences and perspectives of returnees from Europe in Nigeria.

Research interests

  • Return migration
  • Migration aspirations
  • Culture of migration
  • Migrant transnationalism
  • War and migration
  • Migration and development
  • The migration-corruption nexus


Erlend Paasche specializes in Migration Studies and holds a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Oslo (2016). His doctoral thesis, Return Migration and Corruption: Experiences of Iraqi Kurds, analyses the role of corruption for migrants’ return decision-making and the reintegration of return migrants. Next to this doctoral research, he has coauthored several governmentally commissioned evaluation studies of assisted return programs, from Norway to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Nigeria and Ethiopia.

After completing a B.A. and M.A. in Middle East studies at the University of Oslo and studying Arabic in Damascus and Cairo, Paasche has worked as a research assistant and lecturer at the University of Oslo and as a consultant and doctoral researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). He has also been a visiting researcher at the University of Sussex. Paasche has worked qualitatively and with survey data, and has fieldwork experience from Syria, Iraqi Kurdistan, Kosovo and Nigeria.


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  • Villman, Emma Åsa Irene & Paasche, Erlend (2017, 18. august). Making sense of migration through popular culture. [Internett].
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad; Strand, Arne; Lidén, Hilde; Paasche, Erlend & Aalen, Lovise (2016). Programmes for assisted return to Afghanistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Ethiopia and Kosovo: A comparative evaluation of effectiveness and outcomes, Report, 2016: 2.
  • Lidén, Hilde; Strand, Arne; Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad; Paasche, Erlend & Brekke, Jan-Paul (2016). Samanliknande evaluering av assisterte returprogram til Afghanistan, Irakisk Kurdistan, Etiopia og Kosovo.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2016, 11. november). Paasche to speak at the world’s largest anti-corruption conference . [Internett].  UiO.
  • Carling, Jørgen; Bolognani, Marta; Erdal, Marta Bivand; Ezzati, Rojan; Oeppen, Ceri; Paasche, Erlend; Pettersen, Silje Vatne & Sagmo, Tove Heggli (2015). Possibilities and Realities of Return Migration.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2014). Elites and emulators: the evolution of an Iraqi Kurdish - European migration system .
  • Paasche, Erlend (2014). Iraqi Kurdistan: Partner Under Pressure.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2014). Kan Irak fikses?. Dagsavisen - Nye Meninger.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2014). Nasjonalisme under press . Dagens næringsliv.  ISSN 0803-9372.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2014). Vaklende løsrivelse. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2014). Why Assisted Return Programmes Must Be Evaluated.
  • Knudsen, Are; Strand, Arne & Paasche, Erlend (2013). War and Migration, In Immanuel Ness (ed.),  The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration.  Wiley-Blackwell.  ISBN 978-1-4443-3489-0.  lexical entry.  s 1 - 8
  • Paasche, Erlend (2013). On the Move: The Journey of Refugees in New Literatures in English. Journal of Peace Research.  ISSN 0022-3433.  50(3), s 428- 428
  • Paasche, Erlend & Hofman, Lennart (2013, 26. januar). Gedwongen naar huis.  Netherland.
  • Paasche, Erlend & Hofmann, Lennart (2012, 12. desember). Nederlandse supermarkt in Irak teken van welvart.  Netherlands.
  • Paasche, Erlend & van WILGENBURG, Vladimir (2012, 31. oktober). Kurdish Studies Network Fills Void for Kurdish Experts .  Rudaw.
  • Paasche, Erlend & van WILGENBURG, Vladimir (2012, 19. oktober). Second Kurdish Congress Focuses on Kurdish Diaspora .  Rudaw.
  • Jones, Lee; Daniel Clayton, Govinda; Engbo Gissel, Line; Seland Gomsrud, Lars; Leclerc-Gagné, Elise; Paasche, Erlend; Prest, Stewart; Schäfter, Julian & Pinéu, Daniel (2011). The Method Makes the Manuscript: Key Texts in the Theoretical and Methodological Advancement of the Study of Civil War. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding.  ISSN 1750-2977.  5(2), s 235- 260
  • Paasche, Erlend (2011). Prospects for Political Stability in a Democratic Iraq: A Study of the Clusters of Conflict. Journal of Peace Research.  ISSN 0022-3433.  48(2), s 267- 267

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