The Social Geography Research group headed by Prof. Gillad Rosen researches the actors, institutions and processes that determine the use of urban space and influence the lives of urban citizens and communities. Our work focusses on housing policy, high rise building, urban growth coalitions and with strategies to empower local communities.
Since 2010, the research group has looked specifically at communities parks, local patterns of opposition to special needs communities and regulation of high rise buildings in both Israel and North America. Recent work has researched the conceptual and practical dimensions of affordable housing. Currently an ISF funded project is looking at the process of urban renewal and an interdisciplinary project is studying the provision (or lack thereof) of local infrastructure.