Dr. Nufar Avni, urban planner and geographer, joined the department's faculty 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.