Dr N.M. Stel (Nora)
Assistant professor - International Relations
6525 AJ NIJMEGEN
6500 HK NIJMEGEN
Nora is co-chair of the Radboud Young Academy.
Her research and teaching regard the analysis of governance and politics in conflict-affected settings.
In particular, Nora’s expertise concerns two fields. She specializes in studying political authority in conflict situations, investigating the organization of services, security, and representation by hybrid governance assemblages during and after violent conflict. Nora also analyzes the governance of forced displacement. More specifically, she explores the governmentalities and bordering practices that emerge through the politics and policies directed at refugee communities in so-called ‘regional host countries.’
She engages with these themes through qualitative field work – mostly in the Middle East – and critical policy analysis.
- Stel, N.M. & Fakhoury, T. (2022). EU Engagement with Contested Refugee Returns in Lebanon: The Aftermath of Resilience. Geopolitics. doi: 10.1080/14650045.2022.2025779 Full text
- Stel, N.M. (2021). Uncertainty, exhaustion, and abandonment beyond South/North divides: Governing forced migration through strategic ambiguity. Political Geography, 88:102391. doi: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2021.102391 Full text
- Stel, N.M. (2020). Hybrid Political Order and the Politics of Uncertainty - Refugee Governance in Lebanon. London: Routledge Full text
- Stel, N.M. (2016). The Agnotology of Eviction in South Lebanon's Palestinian Gatherings: How Institutional Ambiguity and Deliberate Ignorance Shape Sensitive Spaces. Antipode, 48 (5), 1400-1419. Full text
- 2022 - 2026 Dutch Research Council VENI grant titled 'The power of inaction and ambivalence in transnational refugee governance: EU-actors and the contested return of Syrian refugees from Lebanon and Turkey' More information
- 2023 - 2026 Horizon Europe: 'GAPS - decentring the study of migrant returns and readmission policies in Europe and beyond' More information
- 2023 - 2024 Grant from the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS): 'Tracing Syrian Refugee Return Across South/North Divides: The Interrelatedness of European Repatriation Decisions and Regional (Non-)Refoulement' (consortium research with partners from Switzerland, Sweden and Lebanon) More information
- 2017 - 2018 Niels Stensen Postdoctoral grant: 'Refugee Governance in Lebanon: Hybrid Political Order and the Politics of Uncertainty' More information
- 2012 - 2017 PhD research: 'Governing the Gatherings: The Interactions between Lebanese State Institutions and Palestinian Authorities in the Hybrid Political Order of South Lebanon's Informal Palestinian Refugee Settlements.' More information