Michal Banin

Michal_Benin Michal joined the Lab as a master’s student in the Urban and Regional Planning program at the Technion, after completing her BA in Philosophy, Economics and Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her master thesis explored how spatial characteristics of public spaces can answer the unique needs of urban teenagers and promote their wellbeing.

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Rasha Bowirrat

Rasha was a master student in urban and regional planning at the Technion. Her master thesis research was about using big data for analyzing and identifying transportation problems. She graduated from the Technion with a B.Arch at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, with a final project that discusses the integration of autonomous vehicles in the urban environment. She is interested in exploring technological approaches in city planning with emphasis on transportation systems. She previously worked at Shaga Studio in Urban Parametric Design, and during her studies, she worked as a transportation planner at Hend Manasra transportation planning office.

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Aviv L. Cohen-Zada

AvivC Aviv L. Cohen-Zada holds a bachelor’s degree in Archaeology and Geography, a master’s degree in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Science, and a PhD in Planetary Geomorphology, all from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

He joined the Fair Transport Lab in 2020 as a postdoctoral fellow to work on the Fairness of Transport Systems project, analyzing public transport accessibility patterns across US metropolitan areas. He also initiated and developed the Accessibility Sufficiency Dashboard. After leaving the Lab, Aviv joined the Remote Sensing Lab at BIDR, BGU. After leaving the Lab, he moved on to become a Postdoctoral Fellow at Texas A&M University. 

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Gali Freund


Gali graduated the Tel-Aviv University with a B.A. in Economics and French Studies. As an M.Sc student in Urban and Regional planning at the Technion she completed her master thesis about transport problems from a system user’s point of view. Gali’s master thesis research is part of the Freedom of Mobility project.

After completing her degree she moved on to work as a freelance urban planner and sustainable transport consultant. Gali is also a board member at “Merhav – Movement for Israeli Urbanism,” an NGO promoting better urban planning in Israel.

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Aviad Kadis

Aviad_Kadis Aviad Kadis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Environment from the University of Haifa and an M.Sc. in Urban and Regional Planning from the Technion. His Master’s thesis focused on urban escalators, a new type of intervention in the public space.

In his research, Aviad explored which ex ante evaluation methods are most suitable for the assessment of urban escalators projects. Aviad worked for 10 years as a planner at YENON, a transport planning company. After graduating from the Technion in 2022, Aviad started a new position, managing the planning and execution of urban projects at the Yefe Nof company in Haifa.

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Avi Parsha

Avi_Parsha Avi Joined the Lab as an M.Sc student in Urban and Regional planning at the Technion, and he holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Tel-Aviv University. His master thesis research explored why some population groups are less likely to cycle than others.After graduating, Avi began working as an urban planner at the strategic planning unit in Tel-Aviv-Jaffa Municipality, in charged of the urban economics field as well as the  update to the city’s master plan.

Previously, Avi worked as an economic consultant at Pareto Group Ltd., one of the leading economics consulting firms in Israel, where he spearheaded preparations of national plans in various fields, performing cost estimations, evaluation of policy alternatives, feasibility analysis, etc.

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John Pritchard

John joined the Lab as a Postdoc Fellow after being awarded the prestigious Zuckerman Research Fellowship. He is interested in the social and environmental impacts of urban transportation policy. He worked on the Fairness of Transport Systems project and on comparing accessibility patterns in US metropolitan areas to help contribute to the planning of inclusive transport systems in a rapidly urbanizing world.

After completing his postdoc fellowship, John continued to be a transport policy modeler and analyst at at the Quantitative Policy Analysis and Foresight Division of the International Transport Forum at the OECD.

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Matan Singer

Matan_Singer Matan was an Aly-Kaufman Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Fair Transport Lab. He holds a bachelor in geography and political science and a master in geography, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a PhD in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. His research examines how challenging commonly held beliefs and assumptions in urban policy, planning, and scholarship impact our understanding of urban phenomena.

Matan was working on the Cognitive Mainstreaming project, through which he studied the travel behavior of individuals with cognitive impairments and their barriers to using public transit. Some of his previous research examined housing and transportation costs and affordability near rail stations in the US, the costs and benefits of bus and rail investments, and opposition to the siting of human services facilities.

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Emily Soh

Emily Soh Emily has a B.Sc. in Real Estate from the National University of Singapore and an M.Sc. in Urban Planning and Policy Design from the Polytechnic University of Milan. She has worked in Singapore as an urban planner in master planning and metro planning projects, as well as in an urban research institute.

Emily completed her PhD at the Technion with her thesis on ‘Public values in the sociotechnical construction of autonomous vehicle futures’. Continuing with her interest in urban system transitions, she was hired as a postdoctoral fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem working on food systems transitions.

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David Weinreich

David_W. David worked at the Fair Transport Lab under a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship from 2021-2023, and a Zuckerman STEM Postdoctoral Fellowship from 2020 to 2021, examining transport governance and its role in integrating transport services across multiple operators. While at the Lab, David published articles in the Journal of Planning Education Research (JPER) and Transport Policy on methodology for measuring transport fragmentation. He also co-authored a book chapter for a comprehensive transport governance and policy handbook, in collaboration with academics from across North America and the EU. David and Professor Martens also conducted interviews of transport planners, public officials, consultants and NGO organizations across Israel to examine the Israeli tendering process, and its role in coordinating services across multiple private operators.

David has moved on to be a Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Governance and Sustainable Transformation at the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation, University of Bergen, Norway.  In this role, David continues his work on transport governance in European metro regions, focusing on their role in coordinating services across different transport organizations.

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Anna Zanchetta

Anna_Zanchetta Anna holds a bachelor degree in Astronomy (BSc at Padova University), master degrees in Physics (MSc at Bologna University) and in Water Management in Developing Countries (Master course at Milan Bicocca), and a PhD degree in Geomatics from the Faculty of Engineering at Bologna University, Italy. In her PhD research, she focused on remote sensing techniques for desertification studies.

As a Postdoc Fellow in the Fair Transport Lab, Anna worked on the Fairness of Transport Systems project. After leaving the lab, she moved to London to join The Alan Turing Institute.

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