Yael Teff-Seker



Yael has a Ph.D. in Conflict Studies from the Hebrew University and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, testing a new methodology of walking interviews that incorporate focusing, for assessing cultural ecosystem services (CES) in the Israeli Negev. Her previous academic experience include research of marine planning and policy, environmental education and stakeholder engagement as part of a previous post-doctoral fellowship at the Technion and at the University of Haifa. Other research interests include environmental planning, social psychology and cross-border environmental cooperation.

Research Summary:

Dr. Teff-Seker’s current study at the Technion’s Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning focuses on the assessment of Cultural Ecosystem Services (CES). In her study, she employs a novel technique of walking interviews that combines Focusing – a method developed by Eugene Gendlin that strives to extract the implicit knowledge that exists within our bodies, putting into words the non-verbal information of a person’s comprehensive experience of nature. A pilot study will be conducted in the Negev desert area, and will be followed with comparative studies in the Netherlands, Finland and Scotland.

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Posters and Presentations

Teff-Seker, Y. and Orenstein, D.E. (2018) Walk on the Wild Side: Using Walking Interviews and Focusing to Assess Cultural Ecosystem Services. Conference Paper: 5th European Congress of Conservation Biology, Jyveskyla, Finland, June 12-15. DOI: 10.17011/conference/eccb2018/107081.


Teff-Seker, Y., Eiran, E. and Rubin, A. “Israel Turns to the Sea”, Middle East Journal, (Accepted, November 2017).

Teff-Seker, Y., Eiran, E. and Rubin, A. “Israel’s ‘Turn to the Sea’ and its Effect on Regional Policy”, Journal of Israel Affairs (Accepted, September 2017).

Teff-Seker, Y. (2017) “Environmental Planning for Oceans and Coasts: Methods, Tools, and Technologies – Book Review”, Journal of Environmental Planning and Research. DOI

Portman, M. and Teff-Seker, Y. (2017) “Marine Transboundary Conservation as Peace-Building: Israeli-Jordanian Environmental Cooperation in the Gulf of Aqaba”, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, February, 2017, 1-17.

Portman, M. and Teff-Seker, Y. (2016). Remembering the Red Sea Marine Peace Park.Marine Transboundary Conservation and Protected Areas, 89-110.

Teff-Seker, Y., and Portman, M. (2016). Stakeholder Feedback in Israel’s Marine Spatial Planning.‏ Ecology and Environment (In Hebrew).

Portman, M. and Teff-Seker, Y. (2016). “Community-level environmental projects as learning tools for planners: a case study of graduate planning students”.Environmental Education Research.

“Attitudes towards the “Other” and Jewish Israeli Identity in Israeli Schoolbooks” in: Podeh, E., Alayan, S and Teff-Seker, Y. (eds.) Multiple Alterities: Views of Others in School Textbooks of the Middle East (Accepted and in final proofreading phases. To be published in 2018).

Teff-Seker, Y. (2012). The representation of the Arab-Israeli conflict in Israeli children’s literature. D. dissertation, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (in Hebrew).

“Fear and Grief in Israeli Children’s Literature Before and After the Yom Kippur War: A Comparative Analysis” In: Darr, Y., Kogman T & Steiman, Y., (eds.) Children at the Head of the Camp?: Children and Youth During National Revolution and Change, Tel Aviv: Mofet Institute Press (Hebrew), 2010.