Thera Mjaaland initially trained as an art photographer in the UK and with associate professor competence in Fine Art. Additionally, she has a Cand. Polit.-degree (MA) in Social Anthropology (2004) and a PhD in Gender and Development (2013) from University of Bergen. There Mjaaland also served as an associate professor at the Gender and Development MPhil-program (2013-15), and as scientific coordinator for the international Bergen Summer Research School (PhD-level) (2018-20). Her research has centered primarily on gender issues and education in the Tigray region of North Ethiopia. Currently, she is involved as a freelance researcher in the Fafo-project “Refugees for Development”, with a study on Eritrean refugees’ livelihood strategies in Ethiopia.