Team

Principal Investigator

 

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Karel Martens

Full Professor
email:  kmartens@technion.ac.il
Karel Martens is Professor of Transport Planning at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel) and the head of the Fair Transport Lab. 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 book Transport Justice: Designing Fair Transportation Systems, which has been described by colleagues as “ground-breaking”, “a landmark” and “a revolution”. His work has resonated in the research community as well as in practice, as evidenced by numerous invitations for keynote and public lectures, among others in Belgium, Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, South-Africa, and Sweden. 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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David Weinreich

Postdoc Fellow
David is a Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Fellow, and he earned his doctorate in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the impact that governance and financial structures can have on accessibility to jobs and essential services, particularly for disadvantaged populations. In previous work, David has collected nationwide data on transit governance methods across the United States, and conducted qualitative research on how and why certain areas are left without public transit, as well as ways that some regions have overcome institutional limitations, and provided service to locations that have not opted to participate in the transit system. David is currently examining structural safeguards that helped transit agencies continue to provide service during the pandemic. He has published work developing an internationally applicable measure for fragmentation of transit services in a single metro region. He is also developing a framework for transit governance institutions based on differing examples in Israel, Germany and the United States. Continue Reading David Weinreich
 

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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Wambui Kariuki

PhD Candidate
email:  wambui.kariuki@strathmore.edu
Wambui holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi Kenya and a Master of Public Policy and Management from Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya. Wambui also holds a Diploma in Public Management from the University of Chile in Santiago, Chile. She has previously worked at Strathmore University as a teaching fellow and is now a doctoral candidate at the Fair Transport Lab at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion. Her Phd research explores financing models of transport services and infrastructure, as well as pricing implications of these models for users of distinct socio-economic backgrounds. Continue Reading Wambui Kariuki
 

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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Einav Henenson

Master Student
email:  einav.h@campus.technion.ac.il
Einav holds a BS in sustainability from Arizona State University and is now completing her master’s degree in urban and regional planning at the Technion. Her thesis topic focuses on reintegrating children with nature to foster pro-environmental behaviors while at the same time improving children’s health and wellbeing. As a research associate at the Fair Transport Lab, Einav assists Professor Martens with different research activities. Among those is coordinating and writing a report on the social challenges presented by autonomous vehicles, written by researchers cooperating with the framework of WISE-ACT, an EU COST-Action on the Wider Impacts and Scenario Evaluation of Autonomous and Connected Transport. Einav is also the webmaster for the Lab’s website. Continue Reading Einav Henenson
 
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Aviad Kadis

Master Student
email:  aviad.kadis@gmail.com
Aviad is a landscape architect and 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 ex ante appraisal of urban escalators projects. Continue Reading Aviad Kadis