Post-doctoral Fellow and former TraffLab Research Fellow



Dr. Yahel Kurlander

Dr. Yahel Kurlander is a Sociologist of the labor market who specializes in migration and gender and a TraffLab Research Fellow.


Kurlander received her PhD from the Department of Sociology at Haifa University.  Her PhD analyses agricultural labor migration from Thailand to Israel and deals mainly in patterns of the recruitment industry in light of a bilateral agreement between Israel and Thailand (1983-2013). In the course of her PhD work, she was a visiting scholar (2013-2015) in the Geography Department in the Economic Geography Unit of the University of Zurich.

She is currently an adjunct Lecturer in Sociology at the Department of Human Services, Tel-Hai Academic College. Kurlander is an avid activist and passionately partakes in groups fighting for gender and migration issues.


Research at TraffLab: Prior to becoming a post-doctoral fellow in March of 2020, Kurlander was a TraffLab Research Fellow, bringing her unique insight as a labor market qualitative sociologist.  Her post-doctoratal fellowship will focus on deciphering the discernible changes in the field of the recruitment industry following the implementation of the bilateral agreement (2012-present day). Moreover, Kurlander will strive to conduct a comparative study, along the lines of the Canadian case. Among other projects, Kurlander is currently working on a qualitative analysis of sex trafficking of women in Israel (1998-2008).



TraffLab is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. 
Grant agreement No 756672. 

Principal Investigator: Hila Shamir
Host Institution: Tel Aviv University, Israel
Duration: 5 years
Start date: April 1st, 2018

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