Action Research Center for Social Justice


 Director Victor J. Friedman


About the Center

Founded and run by community activists in partnership with Max Stern Yezreel Valley College (YVC) faculty members, we use action research to form collaborations between academia and the community, promoting social change. The Action Research Center for Social Justice provides spaces to expand the realm of the possible for people, organizations and communities in Israel’s northern periphery and beyond.


What We Do

 •           Cultivate collaborations between the community and the college to address social issues and jointly build an applied knowledge base.

 •           Promote and support joint social initiatives and projects.

 •           Develop and disseminate innovative systems, tools and ways of thinking that improve learning, research and quality of life in the community and the college.

 •           Build a network that overcomes boundaries between groups, communities, professions, etc., to expand our sphere of action and introduce new players from the community and academia, integrating energies and resources.


International Collaboration


We work primarily in Hebrew, English and Arabic, carrying out some additional work in German and Spanish. We collaborate with a range of international partners.


YVC and its department of education invest significant energy and resources in establishing and maintaining ongoing academic dialogues with colleagues outside of Israel. These academic interactions keep professors and students abreast of new developments, expand their horizons of inquiry, and encourage collaborative research and applied projects. 


In addition to engaging in dozens of ongoing collaborations in the United States and Europe, YVC is a partner in the IRIS project, a European Union initiative aimed at fostering stronger ties between Israeli academic colleges and European academic institutions.


Research Highlights


           Social Space

           Field Theory 


Current Opportunities

 •           Learn about action research and your capacity to carry out action research as an academic, community activist, consultant or just plain citizen.

 •           Experience different approaches to carrying out action research as an academics, action researcher, social service professional, educator, student or community activist.

 •           Support action research through funding initiatives.