Dr. Miri Lavi-Neeman

Lecturer, Anthropologist and Researcher for the Dead Sea & Arava Science Center

Miri Lavi-Neeman was born in Jerusalem, Israel. Between 2003 and summer 2015 she lived in Berkeley, California, teaching and pursuing her Ph.D at the department of Geography at UC Berkeley. In 2013, she received the Israel Institute postdoctoral fellowship and joined the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law Economy and Society at UC Berkeley as their research director. Prior to Berkeley, Miri studied history and philosophy of education at Tel Aviv University and worked on comprehensive school reforms at the Branco Weiss Institute in Jerusalem and at the Heschel Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership . She was also the founding editor of Israel’s first journal for social environmental education, Hakadur Beyadenu.

Miri’s scholarship draws on political ecology and historical political ecology, critical human geography, development theory, and critical ethnography to explore the relationships between Zionism, nature, environmentalism, and the working of late capitalism, in multiple sites and regions in Israel, Palestine, and the Middle East. Her recent research projects focused on privatization and the settlement processes in the Negev, the neoliberalization of environmental science and education, the cultural politics of environmentalism in urban and non urban centers in the desert, Dead Sea-Red sea Water Conveyance project, and Israeli environmental projects in Africa.

Miri joins the Arava Institute to teach global environmental politics, the cultural politics of nature, and multiple courses and seminars in society and environment focusing on critical theory and analysis. She currently lives in Midreshet Ben Gurion.