Post-doctoral Fellow and former TraffLab Research Fellow

Yahel Kurlander


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. As a post-doctoral research fellow at TraffLab, Kurlander will research intersectional perspectives of women labor migrants employed in men-dominated occupations, focusing on the agricultural sector in Israel as a case study.  This project builds an expands a labor approach to trafficking to assess, understand and analyze the vulnerability of women migrant workers working in male-dominated labor sectors to severe forms of labor market exploitation and human trafficking.


Relevant Publications

Yahel Kurlander, Maayan Niezna and Hila Shamir, COVID-19’s Impact on Non-Israeli Workers: Vulnerability, Commodification and Hope, 2 Israeli Sociology 82-89 (2021). [Hebrew] [Full Text] Available at SSRN: 3830342

Yahel Kurlander and Matan Kaminer, Permanent Workers in the Backyard: Employing Migrant Farmworkers from Thailand in the Israeli Countryside, 98 Horizons in Geography 131-148 (2020). [Hebrew], Available at SSRN:

Maayan Niezna, Yahel Kurlander and Hila Shamir, Underlying Conditions: The Increased Vulnerability of Migrant Workers under COVID-19, 6 (2) J. of Modern Slavery (2021). [Full Text] Available at SSRN: