This reading course examines the link between spatial planning and social policy. Classroom discussion centers on short articles in English that look at the experience in Israel and internationally, including in developing countries. Topics include: the contribution of spatial planning to national social goals such as reducing inequality, preventing concentrated poverty, and social inclusion; the impact of housing, urban regeneration and transport policies on social goals; spatial planning with regard to women, children, and the elderly; and citizen influence on spatial planning. Students will be asked to prepare a case study from Israel or abroad that exemplifies at least one of the four main topics.
The course is taught by Dr. Emily Silverman
Dr. Silverman is a member of the Faculty of Social Sciences’ Geography Department. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics in Social Policy, an MA from Tel Aviv University in Public Policy, and a BA from Swarthmore College in Sociology. Dr. Silverman’s fields of expertise are housing policy and urban regeneration, social aspects of planning, and community development.
Dr. Silverman also heads the “Workshop for Socially Sustainable Planning” at the Hebrew University. She worked for five years as a senior research fellow at the Center for Urban and Regional Studies and as Director of the Community Planning Lab at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.
Emily headed the research team that devised the now-approved strategy for affordable housing in Tel Aviv (2009); and the “Round Table on Solutions for Affordable Housing for the Arab Community of Jaffa” with Palestinian-Israeli leadership and local and national officials (2010).
Address: Soc 4619
Office hours: Tuesday 15:00-16:00
Photo credit: Moti Milrod, Haaretz