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  • Dr. Tamar Arieli
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Multidisciplinary Studies - B.A.
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  • Tamar is a  political geographer. Her main research interests are in spatial planning and policy. Her work focuses on cross-border dynamics of cooperation and development as well as security and corruption.

  • Dr. Tamar Arieli heads the Conflict Management Program at the Tel Hai College. She is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Geography) and Bar-Ilan University (Conflict Management), as well as the Bet Morasha Program (Talmudic Studies).
    In the process of her doctorate studies, Tamar was granted a Bar-Ilan Presidential Fellowship, and a research grant from the Institute of Diplomacy and Regional Cooperation of Tel Aviv University. Tamar has been a visiting professor at the Israel Studies programs of Bloomington University, Indiana and San Diego State University.

  • My academic background is in political geography and regional planning.

    Borders and national peripheral regions have been my main area of research. My past research has focused on economic and environmental developments along  the Israel-Jordan border, and cooperative industrial initiatives between Israel and Egypt. 

    Another central research project has been the challenge of development and social integration in peripheral regions, which I examined through  extensive fieldwork in Jewish and Arab towns and villages as well as local and national government policy analysis.

    My current research projects include the conceptualization of a typology of border corruption and an analysis of the effect of working from a distance (from home) on the economic prospects of peripheral regions. 


  • 2009-2022 - lecturer and head of the Tel Hai  Conflict Management program Courses:

    • Spatial planning and conflict
    • Border Regions and National Peripheries in Transition 
    • Conflict Management: From Theory to Practice
    • What is Sustainability?
    • Local Conflict-Global Conflict research seminar
    • Conflict Management in Business
    • From Slavery to Freedom and to Civil Rights


    2010-2011 as a visiting scholar, I taught at the Jewish Studies Department of University of Indian, Bloomington:
    o    Israel-Arab Conflict and Prospects for Peace
    o    International Perspectives of Environmental Challenges 
    o    Social Conflict in Contemporary Middle East 

    2015 I teach an undergraduate seminar at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center,  Herzliya:
    o    Transitions from Conflict to Peace: Borders and border regions


  • Research Grants   

    2015    Tel Hai College research Grant                                                     $3500

    2012    Tel Hai Research Center – Grant                                                   $2500
    2007    Tel Aviv Institute of Diplomacy and Regional Cooperation            $5.000

    Awards and Fellowships   
    2010    Tel Hai College - Excellent Lecturer Award    
    2005    Presidential Scholarship, Bar Ilan University                                  $40,000
    2002-2003    Beit Morasha, Jerusalem                                                     $12,000 
    Recipient of fellowship for Talmudic studies and research                


    2005 Royal Geographic Society - Flows and Spaces in a Globalized World Conference                                                        The Jericho Casino as a Unique Border Phenomenon”,  London.

    2006   University of Texas, El Paso – UTEP- Lineae Terrarum International Borders Conference                                                 "Conflict Management at Border Enterprises", El Paso

    2008 Hebrew University - Fourth Annual Conference in Political Science, International Relations and Public Policy in the memory of Yitzhak Rabin                                                                                                                                                  "Local Interests and the National and Regional Governance of the Israel-Jordan Border Region",  Jerusalem.

    2008 International Association of Conflict Management                                                                                                       "An Evaluation of Israeli-Arab Cross-Border Interaction",  Chicago.

    2012 Ben Gurion University - 5th Annual Conference of ICQM – Israeli Center for Qualitative Research of People and Societies  “Methodological Challenges of Research in Conflict Environments” Israel.

    2012 Conference of the Association of Borderlands Society (ABS):  Today's Challenges and Tomorrow's Prospects                    "Borders of Peace in Policy and Practice",  Lisbon.

    2014 First World Conference of the Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS): “Post-Cold War Borders: Global Trends and Regional Responses”                                                                                                                                                    Regional Borders:  The Challenge of Local Government Cross-Border Cooperation in National Peripheries”,  Joensuu, Finland.

    2014 British Association for Jewish Studies                                                                                                                    "Borders and Bordering in Jewish Geopolitical Space"  , Dublin.

    2014 Sealed Gate - Prospects of the Sealed Turkey Armenia Border                                                                                 "When an Open Border is not Enough", Political Science Department, University of Ankara, Turkey

    2015  Ben Gurion University - Borders at the Interface – Bordering Europe, Africa and the Middle East                                      "On Borders and Securitization", Israel

    2015 Gdansk University, Department of Economic Geography Department Seminar                                                    Dilemmas of Securitization and Borders: Reflecting on 20 Years of Israel-Jordan Peace  (invited lecture), Poland

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