Nir Barak

Nir Barak
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev | bgu · Department of Politics and Government

Ph.D.
Lecturer (assistant professor) in the Department of Politics and Government, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

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Introduction
I'm a lecturer in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. My fields of research are environmental politics, urban politics, and political theory.
Additional affiliations
September 2018 - September 2020
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Planning Policy Lab
September 2017 - August 2018
Columbia University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Education
October 2012 - August 2017
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Field of study
  • Political Science
October 2010 - April 2012
Tel Aviv University
Field of study
  • Political Science
October 2005 - October 2009
Tel Aviv University
Field of study
  • Philosophy & Political Science

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Publications (22)
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This article analyses and interprets the works of Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928–2000) as a source of inspiration for environmental ethics and offers an extended model of the Ecological Self based on an interpretation of his works. Hundertwasser was a prominent Jewish-Austrian artist and environmental activist, yet despite his commitment to envi...
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This paper accepts Ecologism's basic argument that sustainable existence implies radical change in our relationship with the nonhuman world and in our social and political lives, and seeks to ascertain what ecologism implies for the city. The social and political aspects involved in transitioning a city to sustainable patterns are analyzed by scrut...
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City-based citizenship (city-zenship) and its ecological ramifications increasingly inform people’s social and political lives, rendering the link between ecological citizenship and political city-zenship a topical subject for analysis. The questions analyzed here are: How can and how do citizens of cities promote sustainable urban development? Wha...
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Current debates identifying urban population density as a major catalyst for the spread of COVID-19, and the praise for de-densification and urban sprawl that they entail, may have dire environmental consequences. Juxtaposing competing theories about the urban antecedents of COVID-19, our key argument is that urban political attributes overshadow t...
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How do city governments create their own regulatory practices despite top-down control? We explore this question by focusing on a major planning quandary that has emerged in Israel over the last two decades: regulating the maintenance of high-rise residential buildings. Despite its social and economic importance, there are no national regulations i...
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This paper examines the reciprocal relationship between artists and cities by analyzing how cities influence artists' critical engagement. We hypothesize that a set of specific urban conditions suggests distinct forms of artistic engagement, which we call the artistic spirit of the city. Based on qualitative fieldwork in four cities in Germany and...
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פורסם בכתב העת - קריאת ישראליות השיח האקלימי מצליח לעשות את מה שהשיח הסביבתי לא הצליח לעשות עשרות שנים – לפרוץ אל התודעה הציבורית ולהתקרב אל הזרם המרכזי של המחקר האקדמי. מונחים כמו "גבולות פלנטריים" (planetary boundaries) "שירותי מערכת אקולוגית" (ecosystem services), "כלכלה מעגלית" או "קיימות", שנתפסו במשך שנים כתחומי עניין פריווילגיים של "מחבקי ע...
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How do critical artists intervene in urban space, and why? This question is explored in an interurban fieldwork study examining artistic interventions in four cities: Hanover and Hamburg in Germany, and Tel Aviv-Jaffa and Jerusalem in Israel. Grounded on a plethora of artistic interventions gathered in these cities, the article proposes a typology...
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Located in the theoretical triangle of urban, cultural, and political studies, this paper examines artists' political engagement in cities. Applying a qualitative approach through inter-urban fieldwork in Hamburg and Hanover, Germany, and Jerusalem and Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel, we study how artists critically engage with their cities and urban spaces...
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Given the changing and increasingly central role that cities play in private and social lives, this chapter suggests a reconsideration of the theoretical concepts commonly applied in analyzing cities’ political dynamics and the social relations therein. The overall rationale is that not only do the meanings of fundamental political concepts such as...
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Abstract: Current debates identifying urban population density as a major catalyst for the spread of COVID-19, and the praise for de-densification and urban sprawl that they entail, may have dire environmental consequences. Juxtaposing competing theories about the urban antecedents of COVID-19, our key argument is that urban political attributes ov...
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A majority of the world population lives in cities, but determining citizenship remains a monopoly of nation-states. Should cities claim their own citizenship, based on residence rather than nationality? Should they get enhanced powers and bypass states when addressing challenges of migration or climate change? Or would urban citizenship deepen the...
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This chapter suggests that various aspects of environmental political theory in the Anthropocene may be deduced by comparison to environmental politics in cities. The main analysis scrutinizes three facets of the relationship between cities and the natural environment and indicates their social and political implications for environmental political...
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The question leading this research is: what are the attributes and scales of comparative research that applies to built heritage studies? The paper begins by recognizing the interrelatedness of built heritage protection and sustainable urban development. While comparative research into built heritage studies analyses and documents existing practice...
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This chapter is the postscript to a research conducted by Nir Mualam, Eyal Salinger, and Gal Noihaus-Feuerstein on the planning policy of 'vertical allocation'. The postscript suggests that this innovative policy, undertaken primarily by Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality, may be understood as part of a wider trend of cities' taking more autonomy from sta...
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The challenge of creating a green city is enormous. But often, the complex social and political processes that are involved in making a city green are reduced to techno-managerial efforts. These depoliticize a highly political process, often upholding contemporary socio-environmental inequalities that are at the heart of the environmental crisis—an...
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The environmental movement has a rich history, many founders and a widely divergent heritage of activism. The kind of activism undertaken and its goals gradually evolved as the understanding of environmental issues developed. Its different phases include the formation of environmental and wildlife protection agencies, direct action against environm...

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