Dr. Avigail Morris

Dr. Avigail Morris

Lecturer, Anthropologist and Researcher for the Dead Sea & Arava Science Center

Dr. Avigail Morris joined the Arava Institute as both a researcher and lecturer and has been associated with the institute intermittently since 1997. In the fall semester she will teach a joint course with Dr. Aaron Frank entitled  “Collapse” which will incorporate an anthropological approach to environmental studies.

In 1988, with the support of the Jerusalem Center for Anthropological Studies, Avigail developed a program for teaching anthropology to children and young adults. For the past 24 years she has taught cultural anthropology at all levels of education. Over the years she has also taught several seminars and workshops on qualitative research methodology with an emphasis on ethnographic fieldwork.

In 1994 Avigail traveled to the Kingdom of Tonga in Polynesia in order to do fieldwork for her doctoral  thesis entitled, ” Playing to a New Rhythm: An Ethnography of Female Games and Sport in the Kingdom of Tonga”.  Her fieldwork involved an in-depth study on traditional and changing gender roles and status among both urban and rural women in Tonga.   In 2011-12 she returned to Tonga to update her thesis and to study informal incomes amongst Tongan women. She is in the process of writing up her findings.  From 2004-2008 she was a committee member of the Israeli Anthropological Association and served as the representative for applied anthropologists in Israel.

Avigail is currently involved in three long-term research projects:

  1. “Avenues of Economic Participation for Rural Bedouin Women”. A study of informal incomes among Bedouin women in four unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev carried out together with Dr. Sarab Abu-Rabia Queder and funded by The Ministry of Science and Technology
  2. “Aging in the Arava: Perceptions, Experience and Planning for the Future” funded by the Dead Sea and Arava Science Center
  3. “Valuing Ecosystem Services Through a Multi-National, Multi-Cultural Lens”, together with a team sponsored by the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.