Ariel Handel completed his Ph.D. at Tel Aviv University in 2011. His research interests are mobilities in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, mapping and spatial representations, and the political philosophy of geography. He is the head of the "Space and Power: A Political Lexicon" research group at the Minerva Humanities Center, Tel Aviv University. His publications include The Political Lexicon of the Social Protest (ed. in chief; Hakibutz Hameuchad, 2012) and Geographies of Occupation (Van Leer, forthcoming).
Selected Publications
"Gated/gating community: the settlement complex in the West Bank", Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 2013
Chen is a town planner and geographer. His work focuses on social and cultural geographies, working with communities, qualitative methodologies, spatial activism and social movements, feminist and queer geographies and identity politics. Chen graduated his MSc  in the Town and Regional planning program at the Technion where he wrote his thesis on the perceptions and needs of LGBT people in the urban space of Tel-Aviv. He wrote his PhD in the department of Geography and Human environment and the PECLAB (Planning with Communities for the Environment) at Tel-Aviv University, Israel and his PhD research titled "Spatial Activism: Perspectives of Body, Identity and Memory" was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Tovi Fenster. Chen published some journal papers and book chapters in Hebrew, Italian and English and co-edited special issue of Hagar - Studies in Culture, Polity and Identities on gender and geography. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the department of Politics and Government in Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Research Fellow in Minerva center for the Humanities  in Tel-Aviv University.
Selected Publications
"Dirty dancing: The (non)fluid geographies of a queer night club in Tel Aviv", Social & Cultural Geography  (2014), 15(7): 730-746
"Memory and place in Participatory Planning”, Journal of Planning Theory and Practice (2014) Vol. 15, Issue 3: 349-369.

Zef Segal Received an MA in Philosophy in 2005, an MSc in Mathematics in 2008 and his PhD in the School of History of Tel Aviv University in 20013. His Doctorate dealt with the spatial development of five German states (Bavaria, Saxony, Hanover, Wurttemberg and Baden) during the 19th century through a comparative analysis of their institutional-infrastructural deployment, deconstruction of cartographic representations and statistical analysis of human flows. His areas of research and interest deal with the manner in which borders and collective identities are spatial created as a result of cartographic imagery and inter-personal communication. His research consists among other of: references to America in 19th century European responsa literature, the effect of rail and postal infrastructures on territorial integration, and the cartographic representations of new independent states in German maps between 1800 and 1936.