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Prof. Pietro Antonio Valentino, Department of Public Economics, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy – Teaches courses on urban economics and management of cultural heritage. His areas of interest include urban and territorial economics, with particular attention to the role of cultural heritage in the development process and the evaluation of public and private investments. 

Dr. Sarab Abu-Rabia-Queder, The Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel – Teaches courses on Feminist Research Approaches, Critical Thinking in Arab Society, among others. Her areas of interest include gender and development, informal women’s employment, and relations between ethnicity, class and gender inequality. 

Ms. Suzy Shrem Cohen (Ph.D candidate), Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel – Topics of interest include municipal debenture, finance, and local economic development. 

Mr. Tommaso Rondinella, Istat, Lunaria, Italy – Topics of interest include globalization, statistics, development and cooperation, wellbeing indicators and measurement, micro-finance and SMEs. 

Prof. Mario Pianta, Faculty of Economics, Department of Economics, Society and Politics, University of Urbino, Italy – Teaches courses on Innovation, Growth and International Production, Master in Nonprofit Organizations. His areas of interest include innovation, economic growth, employment, inequality, economic policy, international political economy, governance of globalization, social activism. 

Mr. Nascia Leopoldo (Ph.D candidate), ISTAT, European University of Rome, Italy – Topics of interest include statistics, innovation, and finance. 

Ms. Elisabetta Segre (Ph.D candidate), ISTAT, Doctoral School in Economics, Department of Economics, Faculty of Statistics, Sapienza Univeristy of Rome, Italy – Teaches courses on Measures of Wellbeing and Sustainability; Indicators of Wellbeing and Sustainability. Her topics of interest include measures of social inclusion, social capital and social mobility, measures of wellbeing, sustainability, welfare systems, labor markets and human capital. 

Ms. Elise machline (Ph.D candidate), Department of Geography and Environmental Development, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel – Topics of interest include local sustainable economic development, local renewable energy development policies in peripheral regions. 

Dr. Amalia Sa’ar, Sociology and Anthropology department, The Center for Research on Peace Education Haifa University, Israel – Teaches course on Contemporary Anthropological Theory; Feminist Anthropology. Her topics of interest include economic empowerment, community economic development, economic citizenship, cultural anthropology, feminist theory, urban anthropology, action research, Palestinian society inside Israel, women and work, generational relations within the feminist movement. 

Prof. Pierluigi Montalbano, University of Sussex – UK, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy – Topics of interest include cultural and development economics, empirical and theoretical analysis of local development promotion and international economic policy, internationalization of economic systems and territories as well as the nexus between openness, instability and vulnerability; empirical analysis of the effects of multilateral and regional trade integration, with particular attention to emerging economies. 

Prof. Calogero Montalbano, Polytechnical University of Bari, Italy – Topics of interest include urban planning, urban dynamics, urban politics, planning theory and law, the interactions between urban planning and dynamics to LSED, urban affairs. 

Prof. Yodan Rofe, The Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel – Teaches courses on The Sustainable City, Analysis of Urban Spaces, The Nature of Order, among others. His topics of interest include city and regional planning in drylands, urban design and sustainability, history and theory of urban form, neighborhoods in urban theory and urban design, streets and street design guidelines. 

Mr. Abed Assli, Analyst, Reut Institute, Israel – Topics of interest include regional development, wellbeing measurements, competitive advantages. 

Ms. Ester Levinson, independent consultant and city and regional planner, Israel – Consultant to regional municipalities and national governmental bodies, academic institutions and foundations. Her topics of interest include implementation of LSED in city and region development programs and plans, transition, utilization of local knowledge and cultural assets in economic development plans. 

Dr.Taleb Al-Harithi, Palestinian universities, independent consultant in the Environmental Health Unit, Palestine – Teaches courses in Environmental and Earth Sciences. His topics of interest include environmental impact assessments , water issues, sanitation, pollution prevention, waste management and natural resource management. 

Dr. Yaser Younes Salman ISSA, Palestinian universities, Palestine – Teaches courses on Environmental Education and Public Health. His topics of interest include environmental pollutions and public health, food, nutrition and its interaction with public health issues.

Dr. Anat Itay-Sarig, JDC Institute for Leadership and Governance, Israel – Topics of interest include generation and measurement of quality of life in terms of social, environmental and economic factors, with an equally strong interest in bottom-up processes and top-down ones - attempting to align the two; evaluating, measuring and developing progress in the local arena, while making sure that the social, economic and environmental fields complement each other. 

Dr. João Mil-Homens, CRIA – University of Algarve, Portugal – Topics of interest include environmental regulation, environmental management systems, certification schemes, accountability, sustainability, and US and European environmental policy. Dr. Adão Flores, Portugal 

Dr. António Covas, Faculty of Economy, University of Algarve, Portugal – Topics of interest include local and regional development, agricultural policy, and European studies. 

Dr. João Albino Silva, Faculty of Economy, University of Algarve, Portugal – Topics of interest include tourism economics, local and regional development, models of sustainable development, tourism impact assessment. 

Dr. Pedro Pintassilgo, Faculty of Economy, University of Algarve, Portugal – Topics of interest include tourism and the environment; environmental economics. 

Dr. Marina Graça, School of Education, University of Algarve, Portugal – Topics of interest include processes for knowledge transfer, problem solving and team building both in the production of animated images. 

Ms. Ana Gonçalves, CRIA – University of Algarve, Portugal – Topics of interest include sustainability and tourism. 

Mr. Itay Goldman (M.Sc student and research coordinator of NCRD), Negev Center for Regional Development, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel – Topics of interest include urban planning and regeneration.


 
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