BAR-ILAN UNIVERSITY (BIU)
Department of Geography and Environment
Prof. Michael Sofer, Ph.D.
Established in 1955, Bar-Ilan University (BIU) is located in Ramat Gan and it is one of the larger universities in Israel. BIU has achieved an international reputation for academic and research especially, but not limited to the fields of archaeology, geography, bio-medicine, brain sciences, cancer, communications and information security, cognitive sciences, marine biology, magnetism and superconductivity, multilingualism, nanotechnology and advanced materials, and renewable energy.
BIU supports its research initiative with 76 research centres and 66 academic chairs. With a commitment to expanding its research and innovation activities, and advanced studies, BIU places major emphasis on substantially increasing the number of research students, recruiting outstanding post-doctoral students, and increasing its research revenues. BIU has also developed unique interdisciplinary study programs, and has intensified collaborations and consortium building with scientists from the EU and the USA.
Prof. Michael Sofer, Ph.D., (M) Professor. Chairman of Israel National Committee to the IGU.
Education: B.A. Geography and Economics and M.A. Geography – Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Ph.D. Melbourne University, Australia.
Expertise: Economic and rural geography; Transformation in the rural space; Rural entrepreneurship; Local and regional development.
Prof. Irit Amit-Cohen, Ph.D. (F) Professor. Head of a graduate program: "Conservation, Planning and Development of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Landscape". President of ICOMOS.
Education: B.A. Geography and Comparative literature and M.A. Geography – Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Ph.D. Geography – Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Expertise: Cultural geography and urban and rural planning and development – the role of conservation in shaping the landscape; tourism development.
Dr. Anat Tchetchik, Ph.D. (F) Senior Lecturer. Head of a graduate program: "Corporate Environmental management and innovation".
Education: B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Environmental Economics and Management, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Expertise: Tourism economics; Regional and rural economics; Environmental economics; Econometrics.
Irit Shmuel Ph.D. candidate (F) at the Department of Geography and Environment Bar-Ilan University. Head of the Tourism Studies in the Department of Service Organizations Management at the Hadassah College in Jerusalem. Education: B.A. and M.A. Geography Hebrew University of Jerusalem;
Expertise: Urban tourist management; Rural tourist management; Hotel and tourist industry; Host-relations.
Yaron Michael Ph.D. candidate (M) at the Department of Geography and Environment Bar-Ilan University. Research Assistant for Studies in the field of rural economy, public health and precision agriculture. Education: B.A. and M.A. Geography Bar-Ilan University.
Expertise: geographic information system management; remote sensing; urban planning; programming.
Other staff: 1 Ph.D. student and 2 M.A. students.
Participation in European/FP and other related projects
2018-2020 - Chief Scientist of the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture. A tool for examining policy for the development of rural areas - market analysis and means of support for agritourism attractions.
2017-2020 - Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, R2π – Transition from linear 2 circulars: Policy and Innovation, a three-year project within the environment theme of Horizon 2020 (H2020).
2016-2018 - Chief Scientist of the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture. The interaction between village and town in Israel:
From separation to cooperation (2016-2018).
2014- 2016 - Chief Scientist of the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture – centre of excellence. Entrepreneurship in rural areas as a lever for local and regional development (2014-2016).
2013-2015 - FP7 project SPREE (Servicing Policy for Resource Efficient Economy), a three-year project within the environment theme under the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Program.
Related projects of National University Research Council, Ministry of Education (RO); Ministry of Agriculture, (IL)
Main tasks and interest in this project
Leader of WP3, development of the new interpretative tool
Hosting one workshop
Contributions to WP1, WP2, dissemination (WP4) and management WP5
In charge for the case study in Israel
Case Study 2: Emek HaMayanot (Israel). This considers the experiential cultural tourism associated with historic settlements including Kibbutzim in this peripheral part of Israel.