Researchers

Prof. Eugenijus Butkus from the research council of Lithuania, the coordinator of SPREE, graduated from Vilnius University in 1974 and obtained a Ph.D. from the Kaunas Polytechnic Institute in 1979. During his postdoctoral year he worked at the Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, then Czechoslovakia, during the academic year 1980-81. He became the Head of the Department of Organic Chemistry in 1991 and obtained a full Professorship in 1996. Prof. Butkus has a substantial expertise on research policy at the national and the European level. He was a member of the Horizontal Configuration of the Programme Committee of the FP6 Specific Programme “Integrating and Strengthening the European Research Area in 2003-2007”, and is a member of the IDEAS Programme Committee. Email 

Dr. Vered Blass from Tel Aviv University, the scientific leader of the project, is a faculty member at the Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration in Tel Aviv University. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Management, M.Sc. in Environmental Science and Management, specializing in Corporate Environmental Management, and B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management. Her area of research is positioned at the interface of the industrial ecology and management science disciplines, focusing on decision making and measurement of economic and environmental performance. Dr. Blass was awarded the Marie Curie IRG grant in 2010. She is involved in multiple collaborative research projects with researchers from the US, Brazil and Europe. Email

Ms. Yael Marom from the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, the project and research manager of SPREE, is the Director Head of International Projects Unit, and a researcher at the Center for Innovation and Development Policy. Yael worked on different research projects which were focused on Israeli innovation policy and on international R&D collaboration schemes. She had coordinated various projects, including the TARGET project (FP7) that provided policymakers with a toolkit for targeted R&D policy for creating or promoting biotechnology sector in their countries. In addition, she is part of the Sustainability Outlook for Israel to 2030, a collaborative project with the Israeli Ministry for Environmental Protection, under which she is responsible for the development of policy strategy for the promotion of eco-innovation in Israel. Email

Prof. Eran Feitelson from the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, is a Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prof. Feitelson was a previous chair of the Department of Geography and head of the Federmann School of Public Policy and Government from 2004 to 2009. He holds an MA in geography and economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D from the Johns Hopkins University. He has published extensively on environmental policy, Policy Packages, environmental planning, transport and environment interfaces and water policy issues. He has worked closely with Oxford University in a variety of projects. In addition to his academic work, Prof. Feitelson has participated in several national and regional planning teams in Israel and has been a member of many national committees.  He has also served as chair of the Israeli Nature Reserves and National Parks Commission for ten years. Email 

Ms. Inbar Gordon inbarfrom the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies is a Research Assistant at the International Project Unit. She holds a BA in Social Anthropology and Linguistics from SOAS University and is currently working on her MSc dissertation in Urban Regeneration (Town Planning) in University College London. Email

 

Prof. David Banister from Oxford University is the director of the Transport Studies Unit, Oxford University- with 25 years’ experience in transport, planning and sustainable development – published 18 books and around 200 journal articles. He has an established international reputation in transport research, in particular the contribution that the social sciences can make to the analysis of transport. His recent research has concentrated on five main areas: policy scenario-building, reducing the need to travel, climate change, energy and environmental modelling, transport investment and economic development, rural transport and employment. Email 

Ms. Nihan Akyelken from Oxford University holds a BSc in Economics and Philosophy and an MSc in European Political Economy both from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Having worked at several academic institutions, consultancies and NGOs both in the UK and in Turkey, Nihan joined the TSU in October 2008. Her main research area is Sustainable Transport and Development. From environmental and social perspectives, she has carried out extensive policy analysis, visioning exercises and policy recommendations for sustainable futures regarding economic growth and transport. She was involved with two EU-FP7 projects, LogMan and Freightvision, which have focused on sustainable freight transport. Email 

Dr. Karen Anderton from Oxford University holds a LLB (Hons) in Law and International Politics (2002) from Keele University and an MSc (with Distinction) in Environment and Development (2003) from the University of Reading. Karen completed her DPhil thesis  at TSU, Oxford University. Karen has been working on environmental issues for well over a decade and focused on climate change issues,working for international organisations including The Climate Group, Sustainable Energy Action, the Environment Investigation Agency and the Living Earth Foundation. In addition to her research activities, Karen has been an independent climate change and environmental consultant since 2007 and has managed/contributed to several projects for various public, private, academic and non-profit clients. She is also a Trustee of the Climate Outreach and Information Network (COIN). Email

Dr. Dan Kaufmann is a faculty member at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. During the past three years, his main research has focused on the development of regional and national innovation policies and international collaborations in R&D. His research focuses on innovation management and public policy. He initiated the FP5 BioLink Project, coordinated the FP6 Ris-Jer and was the Scientific Leader of FP7 Target. Dr. Kaufmann has recently conducted a project mapping the eco-innovation policies of “Israel for the Israel 2030 initiative” and was also involved in a research conducted for the OECD which analyzed the eco-innovation industry in Israel and its potential to become a growth engine for the southern regions of the country. Email

liorMs. Lior Hayoon Davidov from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is a research assistant at the SPREE project- water sector and an MBA research student with Specialization in entrepreneurship and Hi-Tech Management. Her thesis is focused on grey water recycling systems in Israel and the legislation process. Lior holds a BA in tourism and hospitality management. Email

 

 

Anat's photoDr. Anat (Manes) Tchetchik is a faculty member in the department of business administration at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Anat joined SPREE as a research fellow focusing on the elicitation of consumers’ preferences (including willingness to pay). This includes building the questionnaires and designing the choice-tasks as well as analyzing the results econometrically. She holds a B.Sc. (1992) and M.Sc. (1996), both with distinction, and a PhD (2007), all in Agricultural Economics and Management from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Anat’s research focuses on consumer behavior; In particular she conducts empirical studies of discrete-choice models using revealed preferences and stated preferences based on experimental design techniques, as well as choice modeling with integrated latent variables. She also conducts empirical research in the fields of industrial organization accounting for agglomeration and product differentiation. Anat’s work has been published in major international journals. She has been consulting for Yeda Research and Development Company Ltd., the Israeli ministry of tourism and Elal Israeli airlines. Email

Prof. Stephen Morse from Surrey University is a Chair in Systems Analysis for Sustainability. He has a background in applied biological science, and his research and teaching interests are broad spanning both the natural and social sciences. Prof. Morse has helped pioneer a number of participatory methodologies for sustainability assessment, including Triple Task. He has been involved in research and sustainable development projects across Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa and Asia. Prof. Morse  was involved in the EU (FP7) funded project entitled ‘Policy Influence of Indicators’ and has also been involved in research projects funded by the EU on topics such as the economic impact of genetically modified crops and the preparation of sustainable development reports. Email 

Dr. Jonathan Chenoweth from Surrey University is a Senior Lecturer in Natural Resources Management. Jonathan’s research focuses upon the institutional and policy dimensions of water resources management in developed and developing countries. Jonathan was involved in the FP6 TECHNEAU project, playing a significant role in work areas on risk management and consumer acceptance and trust, conducting water management case studies in Latvia, Sweden, Netherlands, Cyprus, and the UK. Email 

Dr. Angela Druckman from Surrey University is a Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Energy & Climate Change Mitigation. Angela’s research focuses on exploring the linkages between lifestyles and carbon emissions in order to inform policies aimed at moving towards a low carbon society. Angela has a particular interest in estimating the Rebound Effect. Email

 

almaDr. Alma López-Avilés from Surrey University has joined SPREE as a research fellow. Alma holds a degree in physical geography and a PhD in fluvial geomorphology from the University of Leeds. Alma’s main area of expertise is water resources with special interest in flood and coastal erosion risk management, and climate change adaptation (policy and practice).  Alma has over 12 years of work experience in the environment field covering academia, and the private and public sectors. Alma worked for the Environment Agency (England and Wales) as a national policy advisor and expert on flood risk management, and as a consultant for two well-known international consultancy companies. As a senior and principal consultant Alma led bids and research projects for a variety of clients. Before joining Surrey University, Alma was an Associate Professor at the Environmental Science Program of Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, where she taught several courses and supervised a number of post-graduate students.  Alma is an experienced project manager, is a chartered member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CWEM) and a Chartered Scientist (CSci). Email

Dr.ir. Gerard P.J. Dijkema from Delft University of Technology is Associate Professor, Energy and Industry at TPM. He graduated as a Chemical Engineer (hons.) from Twente University of Technology and holds a Ph.D from Delft University. His specialization is system innovation for sustainability, with a focus on the understanding, development and transition of energy infrastructure and industrial networks. He is editor of the Journal of Industrial Ecology, guest editor of 4 Journal Special Issues, and has co-organized various scientific conferences. He is also a Member of the General Council of the Delfland Water Authority. Email 

Dr.ir. Igor Nikolic from Delft University of Technology is Assistant Professor, Energy and Industry at TPM. Dr. Nikolic graduated as a Chemical and Bio-process Engineer from TU Delft. After working with the Institute for Environmental Science (CML) of Leiden University, he obtained his PhD from Delft University of TechnologyHe specializes in applying complex adaptive systems theory, agent based modeling and evolutionary theory to model industry and infrastructure network evolution. He is an active net-worker and promoter of open source and social software. He has organized a large research wiki – the http://wiki.tudelft.nl and has organized wiki-mediated international workshops on complexity themes. Email

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADr.ir. Reinier van der Veen works at Delft University of Technology, at the faculty of Technology, Policy and Management. He obtained his bachelor, master and PhD degree there, and has specialized in energy markets and energy policy. After completing his PhD research in 2012, he started as a post-doc researcher within SPREE. He is working on the development of the agent-based model that will be used to evaluate the impact of servicizing policies on absolute decoupling. Email

 

Prof. Oksana Mont from Lund University is a professor in sustainable consumption and production at the IIIEE. Prof. Mont works in the areas of product-service systems (Srevicizing) and sustainable consumption and production, with the main focus on mobility and food domains. Other areas of expertise are evaluation of environmental product policy and European policies for SCP and business and social innovation. Email

 

Dr. Andrius Plepys from Lund University is an Assistant Professor at the IIIEE. He has background in environmental engineering and food science and policy. He conducts research and manages international projects in the areas connected to sustainable consumption and renewable energy systems, food systems, system analysis of waste management systems and the environmental impacts of IT products and services. Email 

Dr. Thomas Lindhqvist from Lund University is an Associate Professor at the IIIEE. He has vast experience with product policies, and he is the inventor of the extended producer responsibility principle in early 1980s. He has worked with waste management policies, eco-innovation and resource efficiency projects around the world and with Servicizing concept. Email

 

 

Dr. Moshe Givoni from Tel Aviv University is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geography and Human Environment at Tel-Aviv University specializing in transport policy and economics. Before joining Tel-Aviv University he was a Senior Researcher at the Transport Studies Unit (TSU), University of Oxford. At the University of Oxford, he was also a Research Fellow at Wolfson College and a Faculty Associate at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. He gained his PhD (2005) from University College London, and his MBA and BA (Economics and Geography) from Tel-Aviv University. He previously held two Marie Curie Fellowships, including post-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Spatial Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Email 

bergBar Bergman from Tel Aviv University is a Research Assistant in the Transport Research Unit at the Department of Geography and Human Environment at Tel Aviv University. He is currently pursuing a BA in Economics, Geography and Human Environment. Email


Elah MattDr. Elah Matt is a post-doctoral researcher fellow at the department of Geography and the Human Environment, Tel-Aviv University. Her research interests include transport and environmental policy and policy instruments. Before joining the SPREE project, Elah completed her PhD at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. Her research examined the economic, technological, social, political and environmental aspects of the European Union’s policies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from new cars. She also holds an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia. Within the SPREE project, Elah is part of the team developing methodologies for the construction and evaluation of policy instruments and policy packages to promote servicizing.

Dr. Renato Orsato from Tel Aviv University is a Professor of São Paulo School of Management (EAESP) and the Academic Director of the Centre for Sustainability Studies (GVces) at Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) in São Paulo, Brazil.  He holds a PhD in Management, a Masters in Org. Studies and BA in Civil Engineering and Business Administration. He is a visiting researcher in TAU and his current research relates to the “pays to be green” debate, in which he tries to identify when social and environmental investments generate value. Among his areas of study are the industrial ecology of mobility systems and corporate social entrepreneurship. Email

 

Aviad OrenbwMr. Aviad Oren from Tel Aviv University has vast experience in understanding and addressing public opinion and media needs for businesses (large scale as well as small and emerging businesses), NGOs, public organizations and governmental authorities. His major specialization is in mobilizing strategic work plans in environmental, energy related and social responsibility issues, as well as in other fields of interest. Experience includes successfully transferring executive decisions and organization activities onto the public arena, thus creating added value for the organization’s work, strengthening its reputation and public status, and assisting its positioning as a key player. Aviad was a Senior Adviser for the Minister of Environmental Protection and was the Ministry spokesman and previously he served as the spokesman of the Israel Union for Environmental Defense (Adam Teva Ve’din). In SPREE, Aviad is involved in research on consumers’ behaviors and life styles.

Ms. Tzruya Calvão Chebach from Tel Aviv University is a Ph.D student at the Porter School of Environmental Studies. She holds an MA concentrating on Energy, Resources & Environment from Johns Hopkins University and a B.Sc. in Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies from Tel Aviv University. Tzruya’s research interests lie in the environmental policy and private sector nexus, focusing on strategies to decouple “environmental bads from economic goods”. She has contributed to national environmental policy formulation and has been involved in the areas of sustainable industry, green growth and environmental performance. At SPREE she will research and analyze the supply side elements of servicizing, focusing on innovative sustainable business models and strategies and contribute to the scientific communication of the project to policy makers. Email

marja_salo-picMs.Marja Salo from the Finnish Environment Institute is a researcher on sustainable household consumption, her main area of expertise. Specifically she focuses on calculating environmental burden (i.e. carbon footprints) of consumption patterns. She also has experience in transport aspects and a special interest in sustainable mobility. She has worked on sustainable consumption and mobility issues since 2007 for several projects and organizations in research, public and private sectors. Email

 

Ms. Sirkka Koskela from the Finnish Environment Institute is a senior researcher with two decades of experience in environmental issues. She has specialized in Life Cycle methodologies, resource efficiency and sustainable assessments. She has been a coordinator, project leader and researcher in several large national and EU research projects funded by LIFE EU’s financial instrument and FP7. Email 

 

Mr. Jáchym Judl from the Finnish Environment Institute is a junior researcher, specialized in LCA. His background lies in industrial ecology. Recently he has conducted several LCA studies, e.g. on transportation and packaging. He has worked in the EU funded project, LOGMAN, and is currently working on an EU project, PROSUITE, concentrating on LCAs of electronic devices. Email

Dr. Eugenijus Stumbrys from the Research Council of Lithuania graduated from the Vilnius University in 1980 and obtained a Ph.D. from the Vilnius University in 1992. Since 1997 he became the head of Academic affairs office of Vilnius University and since 2002 became director of the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education. Dr. Stumbrys is working as a Director of Research Funding Department of the Research Foundation of the Research Council of Lithuania. He serves as an expert in various working groups of the Ministry of Education and Science, the Research Council of Lithuania. He Has extensive experience in management of higher education and research assessment. Email 

Dr. Reda Cimmperman from the Research Council of Lithuania is working at the Research Council of Lithuania as senior officer of science policy unit for the last 3 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, master’s degree in microbiology and she received Ph.D in biomedicine science in 2010. As project manager worked for FP7 “Targeted R&D policy”, LLP Grundtvig partnership project “Let’s mix up C&I” in 2009-2011 and PhD students summer camp “Smithy of Ideas” in 2007 – 2011. Email

Prof. Xavier Vence from the University of Santiago de Compostela is the coordinator of the Group and a professor at the Department of Applied Economics. He has been working actively for more than two decades in the field of Economics of Innovation, Regional Innovation Systems, Technology Policies and Development (projects and studies, academic instructor, coordinator of a Master course and doctoral thesis, adviser for the application of innovation policies and network coordinator). Email 

 

Prof. Dr. Manuel González from the University of Santiago de Compostela is an expert on the economics of innovation from a territorial, sectoral and institutional perspective. He is currently working on the industrial and innovative dynamics of the food industry, especially focusing on the emergence of alternative paradigms for food production and consumption. Email 

 

Prof. Dr. Adolfo Carballo from the University of Santiago de Compostela is a member of the Multi-University Working Group on Corporative Footprint, a group comprised of five Spanish Universities which has developed the method of financial statements (MC3) as a compound method to collect the carbon footprint from the consumption of all goods, services and wastes generated by a company. Email 

 

Ms. Ángeles Pereira is a PhD student at the University of Santiago de Compostela. She holds a Msc in Economic Development and Innovation. Ángeles’ research interests focus on exploring innovative strategies and policies to drive a sustainable pathway in the agri-food sector. At SPREE she will contribute to identify servicizing opportunities in the agri-food sector and to formulate policy packagesto promote them. Email

 

picMs. Tami Schlossberg of the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies is the Webmaster and Online Marketing Manager for the SPREE Project. Tami has extensive experience consulting for NGOs, non-profits, academic institutions and Government Ministries, including the Israel Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Tourism.  Prior to joining the team at the JIIS she worked at a as a project manager and analyst on a research project on the topic of NGO and media coverage of the Lebanon War. Tami holds an MA in Government from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzeliya. Email

 

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