Paulsen has a M.A. in social anthropology from the University of Bergen, with research conducted on waste management practices and environmental engagements in Thailand. As of late, Paulsen researched how the Covid-19 pandemic afflicted seafarers' working conditions as part of the Norwegian Maritime Museum project 'Seafarers During the Pandemic'.
Currently he is a research assistent on the ASMOG project: "Automation Shift in the Maritime Sector of Oil and Gas Industry: Assessing Risk and Safety, Protecting Labor".
- (2022). Misreading the Bengal Delta: Climate Change, Development, and Livelihoods in Coastal Bangladesh. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. 175-177.
- (2021). Sjøfart i koronakrise/ Shipping and the Corona Crisis.