About

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Juval Portugali, Professor of Human Geography at the Department of Geography and the Human Environment Tel Aviv University. Head of the Environmental Simulation Laboratory (ESLab) and Head of City Center –Tel Aviv University center for cities and urbanism. Juval Portugali received his BA degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, did his MA studies at the Technion Haifa, and received a London University PhD from The London School of Economics and Political sciences. His research integrates complexity and self-organization theories, environmental-spatial cognition, urban dynamics and planning in modern and ancient periods. His publications include some 100 research articles and 20 scientific books.

Short CV

Specialization: 

  • Urbanism

  • Theories of complexity and self-organization

  • Cognitive geography and mapping

  • Socio-spatial change

  • Spatial and regional archaeology. 

 

Current research: 

  • Complexity theories of cities (CTC)

  • Complexity, cognition and the city

 

 

Education:

1963 - 1967 B.A in Archaeology and History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

1968 - 1970 M.A studies in Urban and Regional Studies at the Faculty of Architecture - The Technion, Haifa.

 

1971 - 1976 Ph.D at the department of geography of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

 

Title of Doctoral dissertation: The Effect of Nationalism on the Settlement Pattern of Israel. Thesis' supervisor: Professor D. R. Diamond, L. S. E.

 

Academic and Professional Experience:

 1968 - 1969 Researcher at the Technion Institute for Research and Development, on "The modernization of traditional Arab villages.

 

1969 - 1970 Planner at the Jerusalem Town Center Planning Team.

 

1971 - 1972 Planner at the Town Planning Department of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London.

 

1974 Researcher at the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, on the Yoqne'am Regional Project and the West Jezreel Valley Survey.

 

1977 - 1979 Planning advisor for the Arab sector at the Planning Authority of the Ministry of Interior, Jerusalem.

 

1979 - 1981 Research Associate and Lecturer on spatial analysis and regional archaeology at the department of anthropology of the University of California, Berkeley.

 

1981 Lecturer in social geography at the department of geography, Tel Aviv University.

 

1986 Senior Lecturer in social geography at the department of geography, Tel Aviv University.

 

1988 Academic Visitor, Department of Geography, London School of Economics and Political Sciences. Visiting Lecturer, Department of Geography, The University of Calgary. Visiting Lecturer, Department of Archaeology and Ethnography, Keio University, Tokyo.

 

1989 (November) Associate Professor of social geography at the department of Geography, Tel Aviv University.

 

1990-1995 Head of the Department of Geography, Tel-Aviv University.

 

1995 Head of the Graduate Program for Environment and Society.

 

1995 (November) Full Professor of social geography at the department of Geography, Tel Aviv University.

 

1997-2001 Member of the Steering Committee, Tel-Aviv University

 

2000-2003 Head of the colloquium committee, Faculty of Humanities, Tel-Aviv University

 

Since 2001, Head and Director of the ESLab (Environmental Simulation Laboratory), Tel-Aviv University

 

2009-14: Visiting/Guest Professor. Department of Urbanism (Faculty of Architecture) TU Delft. 

 

Since 2015, Head of the City Center – TAU research center for cities and urbanism, Tel-Aviv University