Nora Pistor

Research themes
  • Governance
  • Institutions
  • Social and cultural change and adaption
Research countries
  • Burma/ Myanmar
  • Mexico
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
Research topic
Gender, political participation, civil society, democracy, governance, Burma
Research projects

Civil Society in Cambodia and Vietnam.

Comparative analyses of public law effects on Human Trafficking and Commercial Sex.

Professional experience

German International Cooperation (GIZ) Vietnam, Climate Change and Coastal Ecosystems Program: research for baseline survey on Gender in Climate Change, Mekong Delta Vietnam (2012).

German Development Service (DED/GIZ) Vietnam, Civil Society and Good Local Governance Program, Advisor at Center for Women and Development, Vietnam Women’s Union, Vietnam (2009-2011).

Royal Netherland’s Embassy Yemen, Consultant on Gender Equality for Yemeni Women National Committee, Sana'a, Yemen (2009).

German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) Yemen, Gender Equality/ project management of women’s shelter for re-integration, re-socialization and social support of female prisoners, victims of violence/ Reproductive Health of Youth Program (GTZ); Sana'a/ Aden, Yemen (2008-2009).

Materra Foundation for Women & Health, Freiburg, Germany, Member of board of directors, project coordination, design and evaluation of prevention projects on Female Genital Mutilation (Mali, Tanzania) (2005 - to date).


Master of Arts in Political Sciences, International Law and Criminology, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany

Thesis title

Women`s political participation in context of political change: Negotiating spaces for gender equality and women’s rights in contemporary Myanmar?

Supervisors of
doctoral work

Prof. Dr. Claudia Derichs, Chair for Comparative Politics/ International Development Studies, Philipps- Universität Marburg, Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Institute of Political Sciences.


PD Dr. Conrad Schetter, Acting Director of ZEF, Department of Political and Cultural Change.

Advisor at ZEF

Dr. Gabi Waibel


Pistor N. and Le Thi Quy. 2013. Enclosing women’s rights in a kitchen cabinet? Interactions between the Vietnam Women’s Union, civil society and the state on gender equality. In: G. Waibel, J. Ehlert and H.N. Feue (eds.): Southeast Asia and the Civil Society Gaze - Scoping a Contested Concept in Cambodia and Vietnam. Routledge Studies on Civil Society in Asia.

Nora Pistor

Junior Researcher