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​פרופ' מיכל קרומר נבו | Prof. Michal Krumer-Nevo

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Spitzer Department of Social Work​

Honorary President, The Israeli Center for Qualitative Research of People and Societies

Senior Academic Adviser, Ministry of Welfare and Social Services 

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Tel: (972) 8-6479458

Full Professor, 2016
Associate Professor, 2011
Senior Lecturer, Ben-Gurion Unviersity of the Negev, 2007
Lecturer, Ben-Gurion Unviersity of the Negev, 2002​
Ph.D. Hebrew University, 2001

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Michal Krumer-Nevo is professor at the Spitzer Department of
Social Work at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and the honorary president of
the Israeli Center for Qualitative Research of People and Societies (ICQM). During
2008-2016 she was the director of ICQM. 

Prof. Krumer-Nevo began her academic education studying
literature at
 the Hebrew University of Jerusalem,
and after its completion moved to social
 work, a field in which she completed
her Ph.D. in 2001. During the 1990’s she
 worked as a clinical social worker
and specialized in psychotherapy. Over time her
 interest in poverty, and specifically
in the life experiences of women in
 poverty, has changed its orientation
both in her academic and clinical work
intra-psychic dynamics to a more feminist and critical perspectives. This
 has guided her work during the last
twenty five years as an academic and an activist.

During the last several years her work revolves around the
development and implementation of the Poverty-Aware Paradigm (PAP), which
combines theoretical and practical facets, in the academic, municipal and
national levels.


During 2013-2014 Prof. Krumer-Nevo was a member of the
governmental Elalouph Committee – dedicated to the war against poverty. In 2014
she won the Minister of
 Welfare and Social Services’ prize
for an academic engaged in social change. On 2016-2017 she has served as a
senior academic adviser to the Ministry of Welfare and Social Services.  



Inspired by constructivist, feminist and critical theories, Krumer-Nevo’s research focuses on poverty and marginalization as lived experience and as social construct, and on the place of poverty in the profession of social work.

The aim of her research is to contribute to social justice through the exposure of the mechanisms of marginalization, Othering and social distancing, which shape and bolster social hierarchies and inequality along the lines of the intersection of gender, ethnicity and class. Acknowledging and exploring the social structure enabling and determining poverty and marginalization the one hand, and the agency, knowledges, theories and attitudes of women, men and youth living in poverty on the other, her work intends to enhance innovative social work practice and policy.

Main Research Grants

2014-2017 JDC with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services and The National Insurance Institute of Israel. Families Meet Opportunities: New social work practice with young families in poverty. NIS 3,700,000. 

2008-2013   JDC. Immigrant youth from the Caucasus in Beersheva: Evaluation study of a community intervention. $131,000.  

2011-2012 Gertner Institute. The psychosocial experiences of living with chronic pain. $59,000 (with Dr. Maya Lavie-Ajayi). 

2011  Pears Foundation. The psychosocial experiences of being a parent for a pre-term baby. £20,000 (with Dr. Maya Lavie-Ajayi). 

2009-2011  JDC. Special intervention programs for youth in six Israeli cities. $55,000.

2010   Dafna Izraeli Fund. Promoting feminist methodologies (a reading group). $2,500 (with Dr. Maya Lavie-Ajayi).  

2008  Sakta-Rashi Foundation. Participatory action research with girls "at risk" in 'Habatim Hachamim'. $60,000 (with Dr. Michal Komem).

2006-2009  Israeli Science Foundation (ISF). Ethnicity, class and gender in the lives of immigrant youth from the Caucasus. $67,500.

2001-2002   German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (G.I.F Young Scientists Program). Various faces of poverty in the Negev. Euro 35,000.




Authored Books

 Krumer-Nevo, M. (2006). Women in poverty: Life stories: Gender, pain, resistance. Tel-Aviv: Hakibutz Hameuchad Publications, Migdarim Series. (247 pages)

Editorship of collective volumes

Kacen, L. & Krumer-Nevo, M. (Eds.) (2010). Qualitative data analysis. Beer-Sheva: Ben-Gurion University Press.

Hakak, Y., Kacen, L. & Krumer-Nevo, M. (Eds.) (2010). The limits of quantification: Critical perspective on measurement and grading. Beer-Sheva: Ben-Gurion University Press.

Krumer-Nevo, M., Lavie-Ajayi, M. & Hacker, D. (Eds.) (2014). Feminist research methodologies. Tel-Aviv: Hakibutz Hameuchad Publications, Migdarim Series.

Chapters in collective volumes (selected list)

Krumer-Nevo, M. & Malka, M. (2012). Identity wounds: Multiple identities and intersectional theory in the context of multiculturalism. In: R. Josselson & M. Harway (Eds.) Navigating multiple identities: Race, gender, culture, nationality, and roles (pp. 187-206)New-York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Krumer-Nevo, M. (2012). Researching against Othering. In: N. K. Denzin and M. Giordina (Eds.)Qualitative inquiry and the politics of advocacy (pp. 185-204). Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Peled, E. & Krumer-Nevo, M. (2013). Feminist social work. In: M. Hovav, E. Lawental & Y. Katan (Eds.) Social work in Israel (pp. 479-505). Tel-Aviv: Am Oved, Kav Adom.  

Krumer-Nevo, M. & Sidi, M. (2014). Feminism, research writing and Othering. In: M. Krumer-Nevo, M. Lavie-Ajayi        & D. Hacker (Eds.). Feminist research methodologies (pp. 229-247). Tel-Aviv: Hakibutz Hameuchad Publications, Migdarim Series. 

Hacker, D., Lavie-Ajayi, M. & Kumer-Nevo, M. (2014). An invitation for a discussion on f feminist methodologies.  In: M. Krumer-Nevo, M. Lavie-Ajayi & D. Hacker (Eds.). Feminist research methodologies (pp. 7-31). Tel-Aviv: Hakibutz Hameuchad Publications, Migdarim Series. 

Refereed Articles (Selected

Krumer-Nevo, M.,
Gorodzeisky, A. &
Saar-Heiman, Y. (2016). Debts, poverty and
financial exclusion.
of Social             Work.
DOI: 10.1177/1468017316649330

Shimei, N., Krumer-Nevo, M., & Saar-Heiman, Y,
Russo-Carmel1, S., Mirmovitch,  I., Zaitoun-Aricha1, L.
 & Social Work            for Change Group Members. (2016). Social work for change: Performance ethnography on critical social work.                     Qualitative
DOI: 10.1177/1077800416629696

R. & Krumer-Nevo, M.  (2016). Practice and theory of
practice in
feminist social work.Social Work                         DOI: 10.1093/sw/sww026                        \

 Cohen, Y., Krumer-Nevo, M. & Avieli, N. (2016).
Bread of shame: The practice
of Othering in soup kitchens.
Social                     Problems.

  Krumer-Nevo, M. (accepted for publication). Poverty and the political:Wresting the political out of and into social
work               theory, research and practice.
European Journal of Social Work.

  Saar-Heiman, Y., Lavie-Ajayi, M. &
Krumer-Nevo, M. (2016). Poverty-Aware Social Work
practice: Service users'                       perspectives. Child and Family Social Work.

  Krumer-Nevo, M. & Komem, M. (2015). Intersectionality and critical social work with girls: Theory and
British             Journal of Social Work
, 45,
1190-1206. DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bct189

  Timor-Slavin, S. & Krumer-Nevo, M. (2015). Partnership-based-practice with young people:
Relational dimensions of                 partnership in a therapeutic setting.
andSocial Care in the Community
DOI: 10.1111/hsc.12227/                    

Krumer-Nevo, M. (2015). Poverty aware social work: A paradigm for social work practice
with people in poverty. British Journal of Social Work. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcv118  

Krumer-Nevo, M., Berkovitz-Romano, A. & Komem, M. (2014). The study of girls in social work: Major
discourses and            feminist ideas.  Journal
of  Social
. DOI: 10.1177/1468017314548140

  Lavie-Ajayi, M. & Krumer-Nevo, M. (2013).
In a different mindset: Critical youth work with marginalized youth.
Children                        and Youth Services Review.    
DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.07.010.

M. & Sidi, M. (2012). Writing against Othering. Qualitative Inquiry, 18 (4),

  Weiss-Gal, I., Levin, L. & Krumer-Nevo,
M. (2012).

Applying critical social work in direct practice with
Child &                            Family Social Work, 19 (1), 55-64.    DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2206.2012.00880.

  Lavie-Ajayi, M.,
Almog, N. & Krumer-Nevo, M.
(2012). Chronic pain as a narratological distress: A phenomenological                study. Chronic Illness, 8 (3),

Krumer-Nevo, M.
Weiss-Gal, I., Levin, L. (2011). Searching for poverty aware social work: Discourse analysis of job                descriptions. Journal of   Social
40 (2), 313-332

Krumer-Nevo, M.
& Benjamin, O. (2010). Critical poverty knowledge: Contesting Othering and social distancing.                    Current Sociology, 58 (5),  

Krumer-Nevo, M. (2009). Four scenes and an epilogue:
Poverty, research, autoethnography. Qualitative
Social Work
, 8 (3), 305-320.

Krumer-Nevo, M.
Weiss-Gal, I., Monnickendam, M. (2009). Poverty aware   social work education:
A conceptual                    framework for social work education.
Journal of Social Work Education.

Krumer-Nevo, M.
(2009). From voice to knowledge: Feminism and participatory
action research. International Journal            of
Qualitative  Studies in Education, 22

  Krumer-Nevo, M. & Barak, A. (2007).
Service users and personal social services
in Israel: Are we ready to hear what             clients want to tell us? Journal of Social Service Research, 34 (1),

Krumer-Nevo, M. (2008). Mythology, sexuality,
aggressiveness: Adolescence and creativity. Adolescent
Psychiatry, 30
, 3-18.

Slonim-Nevo, V.
& Krumer-Nevo, M. (2008). Taking part in an emerging      social firm: Clients' perspectives. Families            in Society, 89 (4), 605-614.

Krumer-Nevo, M.
& Barak, A. (2006). Service users' perspectives on the      benefits system in Israel: A participatory             action research. Journal of   Social Policy and Administration, 40 (7),

Sands, R. G. & Krumer-Nevo, M. (2006). Interview
shocks and shockwaves. Qualitative Inquiry, 12
(5), 950-971.

Reprinted in:
Fielding, N. (2008). Interviewing II (pp.
235-254). Sage Benchmarks
in Social Research Methods. London:            Sage Publications.

Krumer-Nevo, M. (2005). Reading a poor woman's life –
issues and dilemmas. Affilia, 20 (1), 71-86.

Krumer-Nevo, M. (2005). "I got married to get free
of home": Why young women marry: The case of women living in   poverty in
Israel. Qualitative Social Work, 4 (1), 52-73. 

Krumer-Nevo, M.
Listening to ‘life knowledge’: A new research direction in poverty
studies. International                     Journal of Social
Welfare, 14
  (2), 99-106.

in Italian in: Lavoro Sociale, 6 (1),
57-70 (2006).

Krumer-Nevo, M. & Lev-Wiesel, R. (2005). Students' attitudes toward clients
with basic needs. Journal of Social Work
, 41 (3), 545-556.

Krumer-Nevo, M.
(2004). The paradigm of tragedy as meta narrative: A      window to understanding the life story of           a women in economic
social deprivation. Narrative Study of Lives, 49-66. 

Krumer-Nevo, M.
(2003). What helps in help? A new look at the issue of help for women living in economic and social               deprivation. Families in Society, 84 (2), 169-178.

Krumer-Nevo, M.
(2003). From "a coalition of despair" to "a covenant of help" in social work with families in
distress.            European Journal of Social Work, 6 (3), 273-282.

Krumer-Nevo, M.
(2002). The arena of Othering: A narrative study with

living in poverty and social marginality. Qualitative
Social Work
,1 (3), 303- 318.

Krumer-Nevo, M.
(1998). What’s your story? Listening to stories of mothers

           from multi-problem families. Clinical Social Work Journal, 26 (2), 177-194.