Research Staff

Cathrine Talleraas


Human Geographer focusing on migration, transnationalism and governance

Cathrine Talleraas is Researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) and Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).  She holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Oslo (2020).

Talleraas is currently working on projects related to migration, transnational living and migration management.  At CMI, she is project coordinator of the newly funded project "Effects of Externalisation: EU Migration Management in Africa and the Middle East". In the project, she will carry out research on migration management in West Africa. At PRIO, Talleraas is contributing to the H2020 project "Cross-Migration" where she has co-led one of the project work packages and contributed to creating the architecture of the Migration Research Hub

In her PhD research, Talleraas studied how state institutions engage with people who lead transnational lives. Her doctoral thesis "Institutionalising transnationalism: The national welfare system’s encounter with people who lead transnational lives" is available here.

Talleraas is currently co-chair of the IMISCOE Standing Committee "Migration Politics and Governance" and a board member in the Standing Committee "Reflexive Migration Studies". In 2017-2018 she coordinated the IMISCOE PhD-Network. Talleraas has previously been engaged in several research projects, including: "TRANSWEL", "Understanding the Root Causes and Drivers of Migration", "Sustainable Migration", "NATION" and "PREMIG".  

Talleraas holds an MSc in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford, and an MA in Human Geography from the University of Oslo.