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faculty member

  • Dr. Gad Schaffer
  • Lecturer
  • Galilee Studies
  • Multidisciplinary Studies - B.A. Program
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    • Landscapes / land use changes
    • Sustainable development and conservation
    • Historical GIS
    • Political geography
    • International relations
  • Education

    Ph.D. in Historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS), Department of Geography, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem

    M.A. in International Relations and Environmental Planning, Management and Policy, Department of International Relations, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem

    B.Sc. (with Honours) in International Relations and Environmental Policy, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford (UK)

    Academic Activities

    2019: Academic Director - Historical Cartography Research Center, Tel Hai College

    Since 2016: Lecturer - BA courses in the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies and MA course in the Department of Galilee Studies, School of Social Sciences, Tel Hai College

    Since 2016: Teaching trustee - Department of Multidisciplinary Studies, Tel Hai College

  • I am a multi-disciplinary historical geographer. My specific area of interest is cultural landscapes - the cross-talk between landscapes and humans. I research this area in a multi-disciplinary way spanning from political, environmental and sociological aspects. In my research, I use a combination of historical maps, aerial photos, satellite imagery and GIS tools and methods. I am always eager to collaborate with other scholars from different fields of knowledge. Feel free to contact me.

    • GIS applications in regional studies of the Galilee (MA)
    • Maps and mapping (MA)
    • Introduction to GIS (BA)
    • Policy in the international arena (BA)
    • Twentieth-Century World Politics (BA)
    • International relations and global politics from the Cold War to the present (BA)
    • Globalisation and its impact on the men and the environment (BA)
  • 2012 - PhD dissertation research fellowship, Yad Yitzhak Ben Zvi foundation

    2011 - PhD dissertation research fellowship, Levi Eshkol foundation

    2008 - MA thesis research fellowship, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung foundation

  • Published articles (peer-review journals):

    Schaffer, G., Peer. M., Levin, N. (2016) "Quantifying the completeness of and correspondence between two historical maps: a case study from 19th century Palestine". Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 43 (2), pp. 154-175.

    Salit K., William J. S., Shanas, U., Klass, K., Achisar, H., Dayan, T., Gavrieli, Y., Justo-Hanani, R., Mandelik, Y., Orion, N., Pargament, N., Portman, M., Reisman-Berman, O., Safriel, U.N., Schaffer, G., Steiner, N., Tauber, I., Levin, N. (2016) "Priority Questions and Horizon Scanning for Conservation: A Comparative Study". PLoS ONE, 11 (1), pp.1-29.

    Schaffer, G., Levin, N. (2015) "Reconstructing 19th century landscapes from historical maps – the Survey of Western Palestine as a case study". Landscape Research, 41 (3), pp.360-379.

    Schaffer, G., Levin, N. (2015) "Challenges and possible approaches for using GIS as a tool in historical geography landscape research: a meta-analysis review". e-Perimetron, 10 (3), pp.94-123.

    Schaffer, G, Levin, N. (2014) "Mapping human induced landscape changes in Israel between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 21st century". Journal of Landscape Ecology, 7 (1), pp.109-144.

    Schaffer, G. (2009) "Are security concerns taking over the International Sustainable Development discourse". Journal of the European Forum, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


    Other articles (in collections or non-peer-review journals):

    Schaffer, G. (2018) “Mirroring Reality”. Yad Vashem Jerusalem, 87, pp. 18-19.

    Schaffer, G. (2009) "Are security concerns taking over the International Sustainable Development discourse". Journal of the European Forum, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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