Master students

Daniel Gal

PECLAB member since 2018. Received her B.A degree in Social Work from Ben Gurion University of the Negev. She is currently a Master’s student in the Department of Geography and Human Environment, in which she is working on her thesis. Daniel has been an organizer for the TEDxBGU 2016 event and for the last 10 years has been participated in multiple Israeli- Palestinian young leader’s dialogues.

Hila Levit

A graduate student for Urban Planning. She is currently writing her thesis, which investigates musical spaces in Tel-Aviv and Jaffa. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree magna cum laude of The Marc Rich Honors Program for Arts and Humanities at Tel Aviv University. She is a drummer and a producer at – an Israeli alternative independent radio station. During 2017-2018 she worked as an Intern at the Tel Aviv Municipality’s Department of Cultural Affairs. During 2016-2017 she worked as a Research Assistant at Tel-Aviv University.

Lavi Hitzig

PECLAB member since 2014. Received his B.A degree in Philosophy and Art from TAU. Graduate  Screenwriters Program at the Sam Spiegel, film and television school, Jerusalem.
His research: The use of video as a planning tool in a renewal urban areas.

Nir Chen

Nir graduated the Department of Geography at Tel Aviv University and joined the lab in 2017. He works in deffrent planning projects and focuses mainly on social issues. His MA thesis deals with planning between countries and examines the Centrope project as an example of this case. This project located in the borders of : Austria, Slovakia the Czech Republic and Hungary and its goal is to translate this region into an economic power center.

Rochelle Raymond

Rochelle is an M.A. student for Urban and Regional Planning and a  PECLAB member since 2017. She received B.A. degree in Information System Management at Ben-Gurion University and M.A. in Information Management at Bar-Ilan University. Her Thesis focusing on Mega-Projects as Urban Redevelopment.

Roni Rachel Schlesinger Blech

PECLAB member since 2014.  Geography city planning M.A student at Tel Aviv University. Received her stage design diploma from seminar hakibuzim in 2012 And her B.A (cum laude) in Geography and theater from Tel aviv university in 2017. Her research: the impact of Performative Strategies and Practices in Promoting Recognition at contested spaces.

PhD students

Chemi Shiff

Started his PhD research at the PECLAB in 2013. Received his B.A (cum laude) in archaeology at Ben-Gurion University in 2008, and his M.A (summa cum laude) in archaeology at Tel-Aviv University in 2011. He has been employed at the Israel Antiquities Authority since 2010. In 2013 He was elected as the junior representative of the West Asian region in the council of the World Archaeological Council.
His research: Constructing space: the utilization of archaeological sites and historical sites of national importance in urban planning – Jaffa as a case study

Yara Sa’di

A Ph.D. candidate and a PECLAB member since 2015. Achieved her Master’s degree from the Hebrew University where her dissertation was about the “Everyday spatial experience of Palestinian students in Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem”. Her current research focuses on authenticity and temporality with regard to Palestinian historical spaces in Israel’s Neoliberal urbanism. Her research is part of the “The Archaeology of the Address” project.

Postdoctoral researchers

Hagit Keysar

joined PECLAB in 2017 as a postdoctoral fellow. She conducts visual research that concerns the politics of geospatial technologies in Jerusalem as part of the project “The Archaeology of the Address”. Her research interests concern the politics and ethics of open and participatory technologies with a focus on DIY aerial technologies for material participation and public action in conflict areas. Hagit completed her MA with distinction from the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology in the University of Manchester (UK) and BA in Fine Arts from the Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design, Jerusalem.

Ronnen Ben-Arie

A post-doctoral researcher at the lab since 2016, as part of the Addresses Research project in Jaffa. In his PhD dissertation he explored the concepts of resistance in the political thought of Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault, as a basis for thinking of possibilities for transformation of social and political order (Department of Government and Political Theory, Haifa University). Ronnen graduated from the Architecture Department at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem; and completed his MA studies at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at Tel-Aviv University. He teaches at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Technion and The Open University. His areas of research include spatialities of power; resistance and change in contemporary political theory and continental philosophy; contested and shared urban spaces; processes of urban regeneration in contested cities; political, ethical and professional manifestations and implications of alternative planning and spatial activism; and the politics and history of Israel-Palestine. He is active and involved with different organizations, especially in regard to issues of human rights and spatial planning.

PEC Lab Graduates (since 2007)

Michal Ratner

PECLAB member since 2014. Received her B.Arch degree in Architecture form Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. She has been employed at the Israel Antiquities Authority since 2010.
Her research: The influence of cultural-touristic development in Contested Cities.

Sigal Eden Almogi

PECLAB member since 2012. Started her PhD research at PECLAB in 2011. She received her B.A degree in Psychology and General Humanistic Studies at Tel-Aviv University in 1986, and an M.A in Rehabilitating Psychology at Rar-Ilan University in 1990.
Her research: A critical Psychogeography Approach of Home Study – Home in space and Home as Space, in Arava Settlements.

Shelly Cohen

started her PhD research at PECLAB in 2011. She received her MA in the history and philosophy of science and Ideas at the Cohen Institute in Tel Aviv University, and is an architectural graduate of the Technion. Books she has written and edited include: “Safehaven: Civil Defense in Architecture”, with Tula Amir, Nir Rotem, Dafna Levin, & Ofir Zenathy (Tel Aviv University, The Genia Schreiber University Art Gallery, 2010); “Local, 10 Exhibits at the Architects’ House Gallery” (Israel Association of Architects, 2008), “Living Forms: Architecture and Society in Israel”, with Tula Amir (Xargol and Am Oved, 2007), “Separation: the Politics of Space in Israel”, with Haim Yakobi (Xargol and Am Oved, 2007).  She is the curator of the series of exhibitions entitled ” Local”  at the Architect’s House Gallery in Jaffa.  She teaches in the Department of Interior Design, the Academic Studies Division, The College of Management, Rishon Le’Zion. Her research: The ethical, the social and the aesthetic in contemporary architecture in Israel: Theoretical examination of the practice

Chen Misgav

Works as full time student on his PhD at the PECLAB since 2008 and serves as the PECLAB coordinator. He received his B.A degree in History and Geography at Tel-Aviv University in 2002, and M.sC in Urban and Regional Planning from the Technion in 2008.
His research: Spatial Activism in the City: Perspectives of Body, Identity and Memory

Yoav Egozi

PECLAB member since 2010. Received his B.Ed degree in Democratic Education and the Science Education for middle school from Kibbutzim Collage in 2008. He is currently a Master’s student in the Porter School of Environmental Studies, in which he is working on his thesis in the PECLAB. Yoav has worked as a teacher and is one of the partners in Pill Yarok – educating for sustainable culture.
His research: The potential of the Transition Towm Model in Israel 

Lian Idan- Saga

PECLAB member since 2012. Received her B.Arch degree in Architecture form Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. Currently works at SAYA practice dealing with deployment of architectural and urban design tools for promotion of Conflict Resolution and Conflict Management facilities.
Her research: Structuring Public Space in Jaffa: Between Local Knowledge and Culture and Professional Planning Tools