Team

Principal Investigator

 

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Karel Martens

Associate Professor
email:  kmartens@technion.ac.il
Karel Martens is Associate Professor and Chair of the Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel). He holds a bachelor and master degree in Spatial Planning (1986; 1991) and a PhD in Policy Sciences (2000), all from Radboud University (Nijmegen, the Netherlands). He is an international expert on transport and justice. He has authored numerous publications on the topic, culminating in his recent book Transport Justice: Designing Fair Transportation Systems, which has been described by colleagues as “ground-breaking” and as “a revolution”. His work has resonated in the academy as well as in practice, as evidenced by numerous invitations for key note and public lectures, among others in Belgium, Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, and South-Africa. In 2014, Martens was elected Transport Professional of the Year in the Netherlands, in part because of his inspiring work on transport and justice. Continue Reading Karel Martens
 

Postdoctoral Fellows

 

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Matan Singer

Postdoc Fellow
email:  singer.matan@campus.technion.ac.il
Matan is an Aly-Kaufman Fellow in the Fair Transport Lab at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He holds a bachelors degree in geography and political science and a masters degree in geography, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2010; 2014) and a PhD in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan (2020). His research examines how challenging commonly held beliefs and assumptions in urban policy, planning, and scholarship impact our understanding of urban phenomena. Matan is working on the Cognitive Mainstreaming project, in which he is studying 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. Continue Reading Matan Singer
 
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John Pritchard

Postdoc Fellow
email:  john.pr@campus.technion.ac.il
John recently joined the Fair Transport Lab, after being awarded the prestigious Zuckerman Research Fellowship. John is working on the Fairness of Transport Systems project. He is interested in the social and environmental impacts of urban transportation policy. John is currently working on comparing accessibility patterns in a set of US metropolitan areas to help contribute to the planning of inclusive transport systems in a rapidly urbanizing world. He has previously participated in research projects analyzing the impacts of transport in European and South American cities. Continue Reading John Pritchard
 

Anna Zanchetta

Postdoc Fellow
email:  annazan@technion.ac.il
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. Within the framework of the Fair Transport Lab, Anna is working on the Fairness of Transport Systems project. Continue Reading Anna Zanchetta
 

PhD Candidate

 

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Ya’ara Tsairi

PhD Candidate
email:  yaaratsairi@gmail.com
Ya’ara holds a BA in International Relations and Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (magna cum laude) and an MA in Environmental Studies from Tel Aviv University (summa cum laude). Her master's thesis addressed the issue of vehicle reimbursement as a perverse incentive among Israeli civil servants. She also worked as public relations and data management coordinator at the NGO “15 Minutes – Public Transport Consumer Alliance", where she assisted public transport users to improve the level of services. Her PhD research focuses on justice and equity in employer policies towards worker transport. Continue Reading Ya’ara Tsairi
 
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Emily Soh

PhD Candidate
email:  emily.y.soh@gmail.com
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. She is now a doctoral candidate in the Technion working on the topic of public values in the socio-technical construction of autonomous vehicle implementation. Continue Reading Emily Soh
 

Master Students

 

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Rasha Bowirrat

Master Student
email:  bowirrat.rasha@gmail.com
Rasha is a master student in urban and regional planning at the Technion. Her master thesis research is 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 currently works as a transportation planner at Hend Manasra transportation planning office. Continue Reading Rasha Bowirrat
 
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Michal Banin

Master Student
email:  michal.banin@campus.technion.ac.il
Michal is a master student in the Urban and Regional Planning Program at the Technion and holds a BA in PPE (Philosophy, Political Science and Economics) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. As part of her master thesis she is investigating how spatial characteristics of public spaces can answer the unique needs of urban adolescents and promote their healthy and prosperous development. For the past two years Michal has been working as a research and consultancy assistant at the ERI Research Institute, a research and consultancy firm specializing in the specific needs of the Social Impact Sector. Continue Reading Michal Banin
 
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Gali Freund

Master Student
email:  freundgali@gmail.com
Gali graduated the Tel-Aviv University with a B.A. in Economics and French Studies. Today, she is writing her master thesis at the Technion for a M.Sc in Urban and Regional planning about transport problems from a system user’s point of view. Gali is a board member at “Merhav - Movement for Israeli Urbanism”, an NGO promoting better urban planning in Israel. Gali’s master thesis research is part of the Freedom of Mobility project. Continue Reading Gali Freund
 

Doron Oren

Master Student
email:  doron.oren.5@gmail.com
Doron holds a B.A. in Politics, Government and Management Studies. She is working at 'Modus', a consulting and planning company based in Haifa, which specializes in stakeholder's engagement regarding planning, social and environmental issues. As part of her master studies in in Urban and Regional Planning, she is currently carrying out research into youth's transport needs in non-urban areas in Israel, as part of the Navigating mobility outside urban cores project. Continue Reading Doron Oren
 

Aviad Kadis

Master Student
email:  aviad.kadis@gmail.com
Aviad is a landscape architecture engineer. He has a B.A. in geography and environment and has been working for 9 years at YENON Transportation Infrastructure Planning Company. In his thesis, he examines the suitability of transportation project evaluation methods for the implementation urban escalators projects. Continue Reading Aviad Kadis
 
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Avi Parsha

Master Student
email:  aviparsha@gmail.com
Avi is master student for a M.Sc in Urban and Regional planning at the Technion. His master thesis research is seeking to explore why some population groups are less likely to cycle than others. Avi graduated from the Tel-Aviv University with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science. In the last few years Avi is working in Pareto Group Ltd., one of the leading economics consulting firms in Israel. Avi spearheaded the preparation of national plans in various fields and performed cost estimations, evaluation of policy alternatives, feasibility analysis, and more. In his previous position in Pareto, Avi served as a Management Member and as Senior Economic Team Leader. Continue Reading Avi Parsha