Erlend Paasche Visiting Academic

10 January 2018 to 30 July 2018

Erlend Paasche is a posdoctoral fellow at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of Oslo. His doctoral thesis in Sociology, Return Migration and Corruption: Experiences of Iraqi Kurds, looked at how endemic corruption in a country of origin affects the experience of return migration. Paasche currently explores how corruption affects migration aspirations among Nigerian students, and examines representations of international migration in Nigerian cultural productions.

Paasche has coauthored a series of governmentally commissioned evaluation studies of assisted return programs from Norway to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Nigeria and Ethiopia. He has also done some commissioned research for the League of Arab States HQ in Cairo, and for the Norwegian Refugee Council. Paasche has worked qualitatively and with survey data, and has fieldwork experience from Syria, Iraqi Kurdistan, Kosovo and Nigeria. He was previously based at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).