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Dr. Nufar Avni

Lecturer
nufar.avni@mail.huji.ac.il
Room 4605 א

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Dr. Nufar Avni, urban planner and geographer, joined the department during the 2020 academic year.

Nufar's research interests focus on justice and spatial equity in planning processes, urban regeneration, urban citizenship, planning in the global south and planning in contested cities. Her research combines methods, theories and concepts from urban planning, urban geography, gender studies and urban sociology. In her doctoral dissertation completed at the School of Urban Planning at McGill University, Canada (2018), Nufar explored issues of social and environmental justice in waterfront redevelopment projects in Washington, D.C and Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Nufar later researched issues of urban citizenship, divided communities and activism in East Jerusalem as part of a Marie Curie Horizon 2020 grant (2018-2020).

In addition to her main research interests, Nufar is a member of the Horizon 2020 COST ACTION group on Placemaking and Digitization and an international research group exploring nationalism in cities.

 

 

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Dr. Amit Birenboim

Senior Lecturer
amit.birenboim@mail.huji.ac.il
Room 4607

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Dr. Amit Birenboim is a senior lecturer at the department of geography and the Center for Urban Innovation at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and head of the Urban Vitality Lab. He completed his PhD studies in 2016 at the Hebrew University after which he started a post-doctorate in the Healthy Urban Living research group at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Between the years 2018-2021 he served as a senior lecturer at the Department of Geography and Human Environment at Tel Aviv University. Dr. Birenboim’s research focuses on human spatial behavior in various contexts such as health, mobility and transportation, technological impact, leisure and tourism. Researchers in his lab implement and develop state-of-the-art tools that allow accurate measurements of human-environment interactions. These tools include portable sensors, location tracking technologies. virtual and augmented reality. Studies that take place in the lab are interdisciplinary in their nature and often involve collaborations with Israeli and international researchers from various disciplines.

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Dr. Shira Bukchin-Peles

Lecturer
shira.peles@mail.huji.ac.il
Room 4613
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Dr. Shira Bukchin-Peles conducts interdisciplinary research in the area of sustainable development, with an emphasis on food security and agriculture. She investigates environmental issues from a technological, behavioural, social and educational perspective. Most of her research has significant empirical components and applied aspects.

A major part of Shira's research deals with the developing world, and she led a variety of field studies,  e.g., in Senegal, Nepal and Ethiopia. Her doctoral research has focused on the relationship between personal resources and the adoption of sustainable technologies and methods by farmers in developing countries.

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Prof. Daniel Felsenstein

Professor
02-5883343
daniel.felsenstein@mail.huji.ac.il
Room 4605

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Daniel Felsenstein is a Professor at the Department of Geography at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
His fields of interest are economic geography and regional science. His work uses the tools of dynamic simulation modeling and spatial econometrics. Current research projects relate to simulating urban resilience to large scale shocks, dynamics of change in housing markets and estimating a spatial general equilibrium model for Israel.He has worked in the areas of local economic development, landuse-transportation modeling, measuring regional income disparities, local labor market processes, dynamics of regional housing markets and agent-based modeling of disasters. He has published over 120 papers and 6 books on these and other related topics. At the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he has served as Director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Studies,2002-2010 and Academic Director of the Center for Computational Geography, Department of Geography, Hebrew University, 2009-2015. With respect to service in National and International Organizations he served as a member of the National Council of Surveyors and Land Appraisers 2004-2013, Chair of the National Committee for Geography, Ministry of Education, 2012-2016 and is currently consultant/national expert to the OECD Programme on Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED). 

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Prof. Itay Fischhendler

Professor
02-5883349
Itay.Fishhendler@mail.huji.ac.il
Room 4609

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professor Itay Fischhendler research interests focus on environmental conflict resolution, natural resources governance, and decision-making under conditions of political and environmental uncertainties. He is a leading scholar on transboundary water institutions and Middle Eastern water policy, and has published over 50 articles in leading public policy, conflict resolution, peace studies, geography, ecological economics, and environmental journals. Itay is now engaged in research related to the politics of energy infrastructure and energy diplomacy, including energy sanctions. Many of Itay’s studies take a critical approach, often by the use of discourse analysis and content analysis, of planning and building protocols of national infrastructure, such as energy and water.

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Dr. Yair Grinberger

Lecturer
02-588-3345
yair.grinberger@mail.huji.ac.il
Room 4620

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Dr. Yair serves as a lecturer in geoinformatics at the Department of Geography since 2019.

His PhD thesis at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, titled "An integrative model space-time behavior", focused on analyzing the space-time behavior of individuals using GPS data and developing advanced tools for producing knowledge from such data. During his doctoral studies, Yair was also involved in the study of urban resilience to disasters using agent-based simulations, Big Data-driven analysis of the housing market, and explorations of urban dynamics using mobility data.

Upon completing his PhD studies, Yair joined Prof. Dr. Alexander Zipf's GIScience research group at Heidelberg University in Germany, one of the largest research groups in the field, to conduct his post-doctoral studies. During this period, Yair has focused on quantitative analysis of the processes behind the production of Volunteered Geographic Information and their impacts on the nature of the produced information.

In his current research, Yair strives to integrate theories from the fields of Human Geography and the Social Sciences into methodological developments in the field of Geographic Information Science, focusing on processes of geo-information production, representation of local knowledge, alternative conceptualizations of space, and mining knowledge out of spatial databases.

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Prof. Sigal Kaplan

Associate Professor
02-5883020
sigal.kaplan@mail.huji.ac.il
Room 4604

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Sigal Kaplan

Sigal Kaplan is Associate Professor of Transport behavior and Smart Transport Systems at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prior to joining the Hebrew University of Jerusalem she Graduated as a PhD in transportation engineering from the Technion, and worked in the Technical University of Denmark, and the Technical University of  Dresden, where she stayed as a guest professor as part of the "Eleonore Treftz" excellence program for promoting women scientists. She is an external collaborator with the Transportation Investigation Center (TRANSyT)  in Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. She also served as an AIANI-Fellow in the University of Innsbruck, Austria. She collaborates with researchers in Spain, Austria, Denmark,  South-Korea, Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal and Brazil. Her research focuses on understanding transportation demand patterns and spatial choices in urban planning as a function of the physical, social, and institutional and policy environment. Sigal is interested in the various aspects of sustainable development including active travel, women and gender in Transportation, traffic safety and vulnerable road users, equity assessment, public transport user-operator interface, Mobility-as-a-Service, technology acceptance of electric vehicles and multi-modal travel apps, gamification in transportation. In urban planning she mainly explores residential choice and inter-regional migration of knowledge-workers. Sigal conducted studies in Israel, Europe (Denmark, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Spain, and Portugal), South America (Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico), China, United States, New Zealand and Australia. Sigal has extensive experience with the statistical and econometric modelling in the area of discrete choice, structural equation models, and advanced data mining techniques and her studies are based both on revealed and stated preferences. Sigal has published 76 papers in scientific international journals and has about 114 peer-reviewed contributions to international conferences. She has supervised 27 graduate students.  As part of her work at DTU-Transport, Sigal worked on several the SELECT project focusing on suitable electro-mobility for commercial transport,  “Improving road safety” (IMPROSA) for the Danish Council for Strategic Research, “Analyses of activity-based travel chains and sustain-able mobility (ACTUM)” for the Danish Council for Strategic Research, “Tools for transport forecasting and scenario testing (TRANSTOOLS 3)” for the Seventh Framework Program of the European Commission, SUSTAIN for National Sustainable Transport Planning, and "Integrated Public Transport Optimization and Planning" (IPTOP). Her recent research grants include exploring the factors affecting the installation of advanced vehicle safety systems among socio-economically weak groups, developing a New Route Choice Set Generation method based on Ecological Rationality: a neural network approach, and using gamification as a tool for promoting sustainable use of Mobility-as-a-Service.

 

 

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Prof. Noam Levin

Professor
02-5881078
noamlevin@mail.huji.ac.il
Room 4614

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Noam Levin is a Professor and Head of the Remote Sensing Lab since 2008.
He studies geographical and environmental patterns and processes of land cover changes in the face of human and climate induced changes using remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools. Noam has published more than 80 peer reviewed articles on these and other related topics. In his work he combines field work, remote sensing of satellite images, spatial analysis of GIS layers, statistical analyses and modelling. Noam’s current research focuses on remote sensing of night lights as indicators of human activity, wildfires, conservation planning over spatial scales from local to global, landscape ecology, historical geography and aeolian processes. Noam has a great interest in maps, and in exploring new methods to analyze spatial information, from historical maps, GIS layers, aerial photographs and satellite images. He is an international PI at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED).
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Prof. Noam Shoval

Professor
02-5881433
noam.shoval@mail.huji.ac.il
Room 4608

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Professor Noam Shoval, Department of Geography and the Institute for Urban and Regional Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
 

 

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Dr. Amit Tubi

Lecturer
02-5883352
amit.tubi@mail.huji.ac.il
Room 4618

 

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Dr. Amit Tubi joined the Department of Geography after his post-doctoral training at the University of Toronto (2015-2016). His doctoral research (completed 2015), supervised by Prof. Eran Feitelson, was carried out at the Department of Geography, the Hebrew University. Amit’s main research interest focuses on the relationship between climate change and society, including the institutional, economic and political dimensions linked with these changes. His research examines the factors that shape social groups’ vulnerability to climate change and climate extremes, the manner in which societies adapt to climatic perturbations and the effect of state institutions on vulnerability and adaptation in various scales. Additional research areas include the relationship between climate change and cooperation/conflict and the effect of psychological factors on adaptation processes. Amit’s work in these areas is related to his research in physical geography. In this field, Amit focuses on synoptic climatology, particularly on the effect of atmospheric circulation patterns on environmental phenomena such as dust outbreaks, extreme temperatures and flash floods.

 

 

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