Adi Ben Nun

Director- University GIS Center
Room 3605
02-5881287 ,02-6586345

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Adi Ben-Nun is a GIS specialist who takes a wide view of the whole system.  
He is the technical manager of the GIS center at the Hebrew University where he teaches, and supports research projects.
In the private sector he has served as a CTO in several startups mainly focused on Spatial Big Data applications.

Lecturer in The Following courses:

40942 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
40834 - Raster Workshop
40393 - Workshop in Geoinformatics


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Prof. Itay Fischhendler

Professor, Head of Department
Room 4609

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professor Itay Fischhendler chairs the department of geography at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His 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. Subham Mukherjee

Post-doctoral Research Fellow


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Subham is currently a Joint Berlin-Jerusalem Post-Doctoral Fellow at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Brigitta Schuett) and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Eran Feitelson) working on comparative study of water sensitive catchment management between Israel and Germany for mitigating flood risks in the costal urban areas.

Subham pursued his PhD on Urban Water Security at the Freie University of Berlin, for which he was awarded the DAAD full scholarship. His PhD project explores the dimensions and issues for quantitative assessment of urban water security in Kolkata. He holds 3 Masters of Science degrees in Ecohydrology (Christian Albrecht University of Kiel, Germany), GIS for Catchment Dynamics and Management (University of Leeds, UK) and Remote Sensing and GIS (University of Burdwan, India).

Subham has held several research positions both in academic positions and in advisory/management roles for the Governments of England, Scotland, and India. In the latter context, Subham's expertise in GIS and Mapping Techniques has been applied to research under the Rural Payment Agency for DEFRA (2010-2011), in contribution to various rivers projects for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (2011) and as a Project Supervisor for Coastal Regulatory Zones under the Ministry of Environment and Forest for the Government of India (2014). His academic roles have seen him engaged both as a research associate and within a teaching capacity, with responsibility for master’s Students both at the Capital Normal University, Beijing (2014-2016), China, and the University of Kiel (2013), Germany.

Subham has been the recipient of several prestigious scholarships in acknowledgement of his academic excellence throughout his career. In addition to the current Joint Berlin-Jerusalem Post-Doctoral Fellowship and the DAAD scholarship which supports his PhD, Subham was awarded a full Research Scholarship from the Chinese Scholarship Council to pursue his work in China (2014-2016), and the UNESCO-Erasmus Mundus Full Scholarship to support his MSc Studies at the University of Kiel (2011-2013). He is also a recipient of GeoX Network’s research travel grant (2018) to conduct survey in Kolkata, as a part of his PhD. Additionally, he has recently received Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) workshop grant (2019-2020) to conduct workshops in the UK, India, and Bangladesh. He has several publications in reputed journals and has frequently presented at conferences and roundtables in his areas of specialism.

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Dr. Nufar Avni

Room 4620

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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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