Dr. Emil Israel

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Emil is an urban planner and geographer. He received his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the Technion. Emil completed both his undergraduate and M.A. degrees in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in Geography and Political Science. Emil’s doctoral research was done under the supervision of Prof. Amnon Frenkel from the faculty of Architecture and Town Planning. The objective of the PhD research was to convert the abstract notion of justice into an empirical examination, in which the social implications of suburbanization could be measured. During his PhD and afterwards Emil worked as an adjacent lecturer and teaching assistant in several undergraduate and graduate courses, in the Urban and Regional Planning Graduate Program of the faculty of Architecture and Town Planning. Currently he works as a researcher at the Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research, Technion. There he explores, among other things, core-periphery inequalities along with patterns of innovation and regional development.

Emil received several prizes during his studies, including the Gerhard and Gertrud Karplus Award for Excellency, for outstanding PhD Dissertation. Also he won the excellence award at the outstanding PhD Thesis competition of the Israel Planners Association. As a student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem he won the Social Science Faculty Dean’s and Rector’s prizes for Excellent Students. In 2003 he also was granted the Knesset award for outstanding graduate student achievements.

Emil was awarded the great opportunity to do a postdoc in MIT, where he is coming accompanied by his wife and son.

Emil’s postdoctoral research during the MIT-Technion fellowship period is carried out under the supervision of Professor Brent Ryan of the Urban Studies and Planning Department at MIT. There his research will be focus on exploring urban social inequality and space dynamics. His main theoretical pillar relays on Pierre Bourdieu’s capital forms and class reproduction. Emil will investigate few case studies of North American metropolitan regions addressing current socio-spatial cleavages under suburbanization, revitalization, and deindustrialization.