The Institute for Social Research
The Institute for Social Research: Structure and Activity
The Institute for Social Research was established by faculty members of the Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology in 1982, for the purpose of encouraging research on various social issues. The Institute provides an administrative mantle for researchers in the social sciences and public institutions dealing with social research in Israel. The Institute also provides resources for planning and conducting researches in social science, such as building an administrative infrastructure to help researchers prepare research proposals for submission to external foundations in Israel and abroad to finance their researches. The Institute's establishment was guided by the perception that there is an essential link between academic researches and the researchers' ability to actively participate in the public discourse and in the design of public policy, while maintaining their academic and intellectual independence.
As an institute whose aim is to enrichen the public discourse on social affairs in Israel, the institute's additional activities are: 1. Financing and publication of an academic journal on social matters, "Israeli Sociology." This journal is based on researches that have passed robust and ethical scientific peer-review, and it has been issued twice a year for the past twenty years. 2. Supporting students and researchers by means of research grants. 3. Assisting faculty members of the Sociology Dept. in financing seminars, conferences and workshops. 4. Supporting the academic training of MA and Ph.D. students by organizing and operating academic conferences of graduate students.
The Institute has an independent standing as a registered nonprofit association, whose members are the senior faculty at the Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology in TAU. The Institute works in full cooperation with the University, a representative of which regularly attends the meetings of the Institute's board of directors.