Östen Wahlbeck holds a PhD in Ethnic Relations from the University of Warwick, UK (1997) and the Title of Docent in Sociology from the University of Tampere (2006) . He has worked as Professor of Sociology at the Åbo Akademi University, Professor of Human Rights and Multiculturalism at the University of South-Eastern Norway, and Senior Lecturer in Ethnic Relations at the University of Helsinki. He has published widely in the field of international migration and ethnic relations, including several international monographs and edited books, and more than 30 international refereed academic articles articles in journals like Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of Intercultural Studies, Journal of Refugee Studies, Ethnicities and Mobilities. In addition, he is the author of numerous book chapters published in various languages. His research interests include transnational migration, immigrant businesses, refugee studies, and integration policies. He has been the project leader of several large research projects in these areas funded by the Academy of Finland and the European Commission.