GRADUATE STUDIES IN "MAN IN THE DRYLANDS"

The Department's faculty members form the core of the "Man in the Drylands" specialization in the Albert Katz International School, which offers a Master's Degree in Desert Studies as well as doctoral degrees in the framework of the Kreitman School for Advanced Graduate Studies. Post-doctoral candidates are also accepted for collaborative work under the Jacob Blaustein Center for Scientific Cooperation. Following is a list of graduates and current students in these programs.


GRADUATE STUDENTS
(* in progress)

M.A./M.Sc.
Madhav Adikari
M.A. 2004
Geographic Location as a Determinant of Urban Growth: A GIS Assisted Analysis of Urban Development Patterns in Nepal
Advisors: Moshe Schwartz, Boris Portnov
Yael Bar-Ilan
M.A. 2008
Policy Mechanisms for Promoting Energy-efficient Building: Suitability and Application in Israel
Advisors: David Pearlmutter, Alon Tal
Shiri Bass-Specktor
M.A. 2009
Cities and Climate Change: The CO2 Impact of Different Land Use Plans for Beer-Sheva
Advisors: Alon Tal, Yodan Rofè
Sawsan Batarseh
M.Sc. 2008
Climate Change and Drought Analysis in Jordan: P/PET Aridity Index Classification and Mapping of the Dryland Zones
Advisor: Hendrik Bruins
Maria Florencia Bellesi
M.A. 2004
Comparative Advantage: the Impact of ISO 14001 Environmental Certification on Israel Exports
Advisors: Moshe Schwartz, Alon Tal
Illanit Ben Dor
M.A. 2004
Jewish Individual Farm Settlements in the Negev
Advisor: Pnina Motzafi-Haller
Abra Berkowitz
M.A. 2009
What are Planners Planning and Why? Residential Development and Ideology in the Northern Negev
Advisors: Sarab Abu-Rabia, Daniel Orenstein
Roni Biller
M.A. 2009
Comparative Advantage: the Impact of ISO 14001 Environmental Certification on Israel Exports
Advisors: Yaakov Garb, Moshe Schwartz
Dmitry Brychkov
M.A. 2010*
Cultural Aspects of Thermal Comfort
Advisors: David Pearlmutter, Yaakov Garb
Asmini Bwebwe
M.A. 2007
Gender and Water Development in the Congo
Advisor: Pnina Motzafi-Haller
Annita Churrie
M.A. 2006
Stakeholder Participation in Rural Collective Action Groups: Kitengela, Kajiado District, Kenya
Advisors: Moshe Schwartz, Hendrik Bruins
Alex Cicelsky
M.Sc. 2010*
Parametric Analysis of Environmentally Responsive (Energy Conserving) Strategies for Building Envelopes Specific for the Southern Arava Valley
Advisors: Isaac Meir, David Pearlmutter
Jeremy Cohen
M.A. 2007
Lifestyle and Energy Consumption in Kibbutzim in the Arava Valley
Advisors: David Pearlmutter, Moshe Schwartz
Bezalel Cohen
M.A. 2010*
Desert Architecture - Midreshet Sde-Boker as a Case Study
Advisor: Isaac Meir
Yosefa Davara
M.Sc. 2010*
Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) of Office Buildings – The new government campus in Beer-Sheva
Advisors: Isaac Meir, Moshe Schwartz
Jiao Dixin
M.Sc. 2010
The Relation between Urban Microclimate and Subjective Thermal Sensation in an Arid Region
Advisor: David Pearlmutter
Avigail Dolev
M.A. 2005
The Courtyard as an Indicator of the Effect of Buildings on Dust Deposition in Several Wind Conditions
Advisors: Evyatar Erell, Sergey Birykov
Roee Elisha
M.A. 2006
Water Budget Analysis around the Dead Sea in Israel, Jordan and the District of Jericho
Advisors: Hendrik Bruins, Clive Lipchin
Sawsan Essa
M.Sc. 2009
Barriers to Widespread Adoption of Solar Water Heaters in Jordan and Israel
Advisors: Yaakov Garb, Evyatar Erell
Gabriella Feierstein
M.A. 2009
Open Spaces in a Desert City: Is Green really Green?
Advisor: Yodan Rofè
Kelly (Kalila) Feineman
M.A. 2005
Our Home and Place
Advisor: Moshe Schwartz
Anat Folkman-Biller
M.Sc. 2007
The General Performance of Internal Courtyards - Beer Sheva's Patio Houses as a Case Study
Advisor: Isaac Meir
Liat Frenkel
M.A. 2007
Iron-Age Settlements and Bedouin Encampments in the Central Negev Desert: Spatial Analysis, Site Characteristics and Resource Management
Advisor: Hendrik Bruins
Chanoch Friedman
M.A. 2010*
Financial Analysis of Production Under Israel's New Feed-In Tariff for Solar Power
Advisor: Yaakov Garb
Shiri Fundaminsky
M.A. 2007
Stakeholder Attitudes toward Energy-efficient Building: A Neighborhood Case Study
Advisors: David Pearlmutter, Moshe Schwartz
Rimma Gluhih
M.A. 2003
Private farming in Turkmenistan - Performance and constraints
Advisor: Moshe Schwartz
Jennifer Golding
M.A. 2010*
Assessing the Energy Efficiency of Straw-bale Domes in Kibbutz Lotan, Arava
Advisor: Isaac Meir
Tsofit Goren
M.A. 2010*
Negev Bedouin Conceptions of Child Abuse and Maltreatment: Implications for Practice and for a Multicultural Approach to Children "At Risk"
Advisor: Yaakov Garb
Suleiman Halasah
M.Sc. 2009
Life-cycle Energy Analysis of Photovoltaic Systems in the Arava: A Generation-scale Comparison
Advisors: David Pearlmutter, Daniel Feuermann
Tal Holzman
M.A. 2006
Settlement Patterns in the Negev from the Hellenistic to Early Muslim Period
Advisor: Hendrik Bruins
Angela Danielle Horvath
M.A. 2006
Smallholder Cotton in Kita, Western Mali
Advisor: Moshe Schwartz
Nora Huberman
M.A. 2006
Life Cycle Energy Costs of Building Materials: Alternatives for a Desert Environment
Advisors: David Pearlmutter, Yair Etzion
Hemu Kafle Kharel
M.Sc. 2004
The Dryland Zones of Israel according to the Convention to Combat Desertification: Temporal and Spatial Variations 1970-2002
Advisor: Hendrik Bruins
Elana Katz-Mink
M.A. 2010*
Cooperative Governance Structure for the Proposed Red Sea-Dead Sea Conduit
Advisors: Hendrik Bruins, Clive Lipchin
Phoenix Lawhon
M.A. 2006
The Politics of Wastewater Standards: Technocracy, Cost-Benefit Analysis and the Decline of Agricultural Power
Advisor: Moshe Schwartz
Oded Lerman
M.A. 2008
Kibbutz Neot Smadar – Between Autarky and Utopia
Advisor: Isaac Meir
Elise Machline
M.A. 2006
Demographic Decline in A Rural Periphery: the Eshkol region in Israel
Advisor: Moshe Schwartz
Hadeel Mageed
M.Sc. 2007
Catastrophic Shifts and Pattern Formation in Poa bulbosa as Responses to Simulated Grazing
Advisors: Moshe Shachak, Yaakov Garb
Ilana Meallem
M.A. 2006
Patterns of Solid Waste Disposal among Bedouin Settlements in the Negev: Environmental and Cultural Analysis
Advisors: Pnina Motzafi-Haller, Yaakov Garb
Ariel Meraiot
M.A. 2005
The ancient city of Avdat: Spatial planning connections between the built up city and the surroundings
Advisors: Isaac Meir, Hendrik Bruins
Yonat Mordoch
M.A. 2009
The Use and Domestication of Desert Plants by the Bedouins
Advisors: Sarab Abu-Rabia, Elaine Soloway
Maya Negev
M.A. 2008
Environmental Literacy in Israel: A National Survey
Advisors: Alon Tal, Yaakov Garb
Monica Njeri
M.A. 2007
Critical Analysis of Projects of Housing for the Poor in Kenya
Advisor: Pnina Motzafi-Haller
Abel Njuguna
M.A. 2005
Public Healthcare and Development in Kenya
Advisors: Pnina Motzafi-Haller, Allan Degen
Benjamin Okyere
M.A. 2007
The Political Organization of Agriculture in Zimbabwe
Advisor: Moshe Schwartz
Gabriel Ore
M.A. 2008
Characteristics and Preservation of Cross-Channel Terraces in Ancient Agricultural Runoff Systems: Human-Environment Relationships in the Negev Highlands
Advisor: Hendrik Bruins
Dana Rassas
M.A. 2007
Seawater Desalination in Israel: A Stakeholders’ View of Agriculture and Environmental Implications
Advisors: Moshe Schwartz, Alon Tal
Sigal Rosenfeld
M.A. 2006
The Passive Cooling Potential of Watered Roofs
Advisor: David Pearlmutter, Yair Etzion
Henri Rueff
M.A. 2003
Integrating Forest Management and Beduin Pastoralism in Israel’s Afforested Drylands: A Cost Benefit Analysis
Advisor: Moshe Schwartz
Ziv Schertzer
M.A. 2010*
Springs in the Arava Desert: Changes through Time in relation to Human and Environmental Impact
Advisor: Hendrik Bruins
Ilan Schwartz
M.A. 2006
Mass Emergencies in Drylands: Optimization of the Relief Aid Supply Process
Advisors: Isaac Meir, Hendrik Bruins, David Charutz
Dana Shapiro
M.A. 2010*
The Effects of Transportation Costs on Kibbutz Enterprises
Advisors: Moshe Schwartz, David Pearlmutter
Vanesa Stankeler
M.Sc. 2006
Physical Development in Ecologically Sensitive Areas: Environmental Awareness in the Planning Process of the Dead Sea Region
Advisor: Isaac Meir
Yael Steinwurzel
M.A. 2005
Learning from the ChaharBagh: An Historical, Morphological Research of the Traditional Persian Garden and Possible Implementations in a Contemporary Urban Desert Environment
Advisor: Isaac Meir
Samah Sultan
M.A. 2009
Urban Changes in Aqaba (Jordan)
Advisors: Yaakov Garb, Yodan Rofè
Na'ama Theshner
M.A. 2007
The Negev 2015 Plan: Contexts and Prospects
Advisors: Alon Tal, Yaakov Garb
Kewir Catherine Vioyi Tidze
M.A. 2003
Traditional Healers and HIV Aids - The Case of the NSO in Cameroun
Advisor: Moshe Schwartz
James Wilson
M.A. 2004
Time-series Analysis of Global Cereal Trade, Reserves and Cereal Food Aid for the Period 1961-2001, with an Emphasis on Dryland Nations
Advisor: Hendrik Bruins
Wenyun Yue
M.A. 2008
How do the Open Space and Climate Influence Human Activity in Desert Regions?
Advisor: Yodan Rofè
Inbal Zarhin
M.A. 2010*
The Experience of Open Spaces in Different Climate Zones in Israel
Advisor: Yodan Rofè


Ph.D/Post-doc
Reut Bendrihem
Ph.D. 2010*
Gender and Space: The case of Mitzpe-Ramon
Advisor: Pnina Motzafi-Haller
Fengxian Bu
Post-doc 2004
History of Famine and Drought Disasters in China: Development of Contingency Planning and Emergency Management
Advisor: Hendrik Bruins
Rimma Gluhih
Ph.D. 2008
Vulnerability and Production Behaviour of Turkmen Farmers
Advisor: Moshe Schwartz
Nora Huberman-Meraiot
Ph.D. 2010*
Energy Efficient Structural Forms: Analysis and Applications for Desert and Seismic Areas
Advisors: David Pearlmutter, Erez Gal, Isaac Meir
Adi Inbar
Ph.D. 2010*
University Engagement with Regional Contexts and Growth: The Case of the Blaustein Institutes
Advisors: Pnina Motzafi-Haller, Yaakov Garb, Isaac Meir
Eran Kaftan
Ph.D. 2010*
Daylighting for Visual Comfort and Energy Conservation in Offices: Development of Practical Research Methodologies
Advisor: Evyatar Erell
Lucy Michaels
Ph.D. 2010*
Climate Change Policies and Perceptions in Israel
Advisors: Alon Tal, Tally Katz-Gerro, Yaakov Garb
Maya Negev
Ph.D. 2010*
Multicultural Approaches to Environmental Literacy and Policy
Advisors: Alon Tal, Yaakov Garb
Gabriel Ore
Ph.D. 2010*
Ancient Agricultural Runoff Systems in the Negev Highlands
Advisor: Hendrik Bruins
Aviva Peeters
Ph.D. 2009
A Quantitative Systematic Approach for Evaluating the Relation between Climate and Urban Form
Advisor: Yair Etzion
Brian Rock
Ph.D. 2009
Is there a Growth Machine in Beer Sheva?
Advisors: Moshe Schwartz, Isaac Meir
Amelia Rosenberg Weinreb
Post-doc 2009
Ethnographic and Empirical Study of Space, Place and Landscape in a Small Desert Town
Advisors: Yaakov Garb, Yodan Rofè
Henri Rueff
Ph.D. 2009
Optimizing Dryland Afforestation: Prospects and Limitations. Minimum Carbon Payment for Non-Annex One Dryland Countries on Aridity Gradient with Stochastic Weather and Prices
Advisors: Moshe Schwartz, Uri Ben Zion
Limor Shashua-Bar
Post-doc 2009
The Combined Effect of Trees and Grass on Urban Microclimate in Arid Regions
Advisor: Evyatar Erell, David Pearlmutter