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Deborah 6.2018 1Deborah F. Shmueli is a full professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Haifa. She is a co-Principal Investigator (PI) of the Minerva Center for Law and Extreme Conditions at the University of Haifa (awarded 2013), and Head of the National Knowledge and Research Center for Emergency Readiness, Israel (awarded 2018). She has served in numerous administrative capacities at the university including Department Head, Head of the PhD committee, Head of the Master's committee, Head of a number graduate programs – Environmental Geography for Teachers; Water Studies; and currently Emergency and Disaster Management. She has published over 90 articles in refereed journals, monographs, books, and edited volumes on environmental policy, land, water, and planning issues. Strong foci are public sector and environmental conflict management, community and institutional capacity building and resilience, and public engagement. Particularly since the establishment of the Minerva Center, additional emphasis has been on policy aspects of emergency management. She has served as a consultant for master plans in Israel, facilitated collaborative stakeholder processes, conducted conflict assessments and workshops on consensus building and environmental/public sector conflict management, and evaluations of public programs. Over the last fifteen years she has worked intensively on land issues with Bedouin communities in the Negev, coauthored a book on the subject and served on a five-member Commission of Inquiry (appointed by the Israeli Ministry of Interior) into the desired municipal and spatial planning boundaries of the Bedouin communities in the Beer Sheva District. She currently serves as one of five permanent members of the Commission of Inquiry regarding Unification of Local Authorities, Changes in Areas of Jurisdiction of Local Authorities and the Redistribution of Resources among Local Authorities in the Haifa Metropolitan Area (Haifa Metropolitan Area Permanent Geographic Boundary Committee, Ministry of Interior). She is heading a number of comparative research projects regarding COVID-19 including issues of governance, policy and strategies, and well-being.
Her undergraduate and master’s degree are from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (1980) and her Doctorate degree from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology (1992).

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