Daniel Orenstein


Daniel Orenstein is senior lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and research scientist with the Israel Long-Term Ecological Research Network. His work focuses on 1) characterizing patterns of exurban sprawl in Israel's peripheral regions, and the ecological implications of those development patterns, 2) modeling human-environment interactions via ecosystem services, and 3) environmental implications of population growth. He teaches courses in climate change, environmental science and environmental policy at the Technion and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. His environmental editorials and book reviews have been published in the Jerusalem Report, the Jerusalem Post, Ha'aretz, the Jewish Daily Forward and other venues. In 2006-2007 Daniel was a Switzer Leadership Fellow, and was provided a grant to work with the Coalition on Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) as Science and Policy Fellow. Daniel completed his Ph.D. at Brown University’s Center for Environmental Studies in 2006. His research, then and now, is inspired by concern for the rapid development of Israel's open spaces. He believes that hope for conserving open spaces in the future will require an understanding of the interaction between human social systems and ecological systems. Daniel studied Environmental Biology and Management at U.C. Davis (B.Sc. 1992), and ecology at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel (M.Sc. 1996). Aside from working furiously on expanding the 'publications in peer-reviewed journals' section of his CV, he is also co-editing a book on Israeli Environmental History 'Between Ruin and Restoration: Essays on Israeli Environmental History' to be published by University of Pittsburgh Press in Spring, 2012.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
Brown University, Ph.D.
Current Position:
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Architecture & Urban Planning
Environmental Policy & Law
Land, Open Space, Smart Growth
32 Hana St
Haifa, 34817

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