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Emil Israel pictEmil Israel was a post-doctoral fellow at the Minerva Center in 2017-18. He is is an urban planner, geographer and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion. Emil explores diverse aspects of space and society. Emil’s research interests include issues of spatiality, social justice, inequality and poverty, as well as issues that concentrate on suburbanization, social distinction, and on immigration and globalization. Before arriving at the Technion, Emil was a researcher at the Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research, Technion Israel. There he explored core-periphery inequalities, concentrating on themes of regional development. Emil completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Magna Cum Laude), specializing in Geography and Political Science. He holds a PhD from the Technion (2013). Emil conducted post-doctoral studies in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), in MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as in the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions, in the University of Haifa, Haifa. In this recent study he explores stakeholder engagement and participation mechanisms for earthquakes' preparedness (as well as for other large-scale disasters), focusing in peripheral local authorities in Israel.