Nora Stel PhD

Affiliate Researcher
History of International Relations

Dr. Nora Stel is Assistant Professor in Conflict Studies at the Center for International Conflict Analysis and Management at Radboud University Nijmegen. She is also an Affiliated Scholar at Utrecht University’s Center for Conflict Studies.

Nora’s work explores the epistemic politics of authority and legitimacy in conflict-affected contexts, specifically focusing on the governance of forced displacement in the Middle East.

Nora obtained a PhD degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from Utrecht University in 2017. Her doctoral research was supported by the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation and the Council for Middle East Studies at Yale University and included a visiting scholarship at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. In 2018, she received a post-doctoral grant from the Niels Stensen Fellowship Association under which she was a visiting scholar at the program for Governance and Local Development at Gothenburg University.

Nora has done fieldwork in Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Burundi and Ethiopia. She has published with Oxford University Press and in journals such as Antipode, the Journal of Refugee StudiesDevelopment and Change and the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. Her book titled Refugee Governance in Lebanon: Hybrid Political Order and the Politics of Uncertainty will be published with Routledge in 2020.

More information on Nora’s work, research interests, and publications is available on her website: