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Prof. David Newman


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Professor David Newman is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University. Originally from the UK, his degrees are from the University of London (QMW) 1978, and a PhD from the University of Durham (Dunelm) 1981. AT BGU since 1987, Newman was responsible for the founding of the Department of Politics and Government in 1998, and the Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society (CSEPS) in 2003. In 2013, Newman was awarded the OBE for strengthening academic and scientific links between the UK and Israel.

His work focuses on Political Geography and Geopolitics with a special emphasis on the study of borders. He has published extensively on territorial and border issues in areas of ethnic conflict with a particular emphasis on Israel/Palestine. In recent years he has focused on the theoretical and conceptual debate surrounding the role of borders in the contemporary era. From 2012-107 Newman is a member of the FP7 Euroborderscapes consortium, a major research project including 21 European and adjacent universities.

Newman is the incumbent of the University Professorial Chair in Geopolitics and was the editor of the International Journal of Geopolitics from 199-2014.

His work also deals with the interface of Science and Politics and in recent years has published on topics relating to academic freedom, academic boycotts, and the structural and political organization of academia.

In addition to his academic work, Newman is part of the public discourse and publishes a weekly op-ed column in the Jerusalem Post which deals with political, social and academic issues.


Newman, David. 2013. `Territory and Borders’ In Joel Peters and David Newman (Eds) A Companion to the Israel-Palestine Conflict. Routledge. Chap 11, pp.135-144

Newman, David. 2012. `Borders and Conflict Resolution’ In Thomas Wilson and Hastings Donnan, Eds., A Companion to Border Studies, Blackwell. Chap 14, pp. 249-265

Newman, David. 2011. `Contemporary Research Agendas in Border Studies: An Overview’, In Doris Wastl-Water, Ed. Ashgate Research Companion to Border Studies. Ashgate Publishers. Chap 2, pp.33-47

Newman, David. 2009. 'The Renaissance of a Border which Never Died: The Green Line between Israel and the West Bank’, in A. Diener & J. Hagen (eds), Border Lines: History and Politics of Odd International Borders. Rowman & Littlefield

Newman, David. 2006. `Borders and bordering: towards an interdisciplinary dialogue’, European Journal of Social Theory, Vol 9 (2), 171-186

Newman, David. 2006. `The lines that continue to separate us: Borders in our borderless world’, Progress in Human Geography, Vol 30 (2), 1-19

Newman, David. 2005. `From “hitnachalut” to “hitnatkut”: The Impact of Gush Emunim and the Settlement Movement on Israeli Society’, Israel Studies, Vol 10 (3), 192-224

Newman, David. 2003. `On borders and power: A Theoretical Framework', Journal of Borderland Studies, Vol 18 (1), 13-25

Newman, David. 2002. `Territorial identities in a deterritorialized world: From national to post-national territorial identities in Israel/Palestine’, Geojournal, Vol 53, 235-246, 1-12

Newman, David. 2002. `The geopolitics of peacemaking in Israel-Palestine’, Political Geography, Vol 21 (5), 629-646

Newman, David and Anssi, Paasi. 1998. `Fences and neighbours in the post-modern world: boundary narratives in political geography', Progress in Human Geography, 22 (2), 186-207

Newman, David. 1996. `Writing together separately: critical discourse and the problems of cross-ethnic coauthorship', Area, 28 (1), 1-12

Newman, David and Ghazi, Falah. 1995. `The spatial manifestation of threat: Israelis and Palestinians seek a "good" border', Political Geography, 14 (8), 689-706


Inro to Political Geography and Geopolitics
Borders in a Globalized World
Research, Science and Politics (seminar)
Borders and Geopolitics in Europe

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