The research in my laboratory focuses on theoretical and practical aspects of spatial planning and decision making in a complex world. Students in the laboratory lead socio-environmental policy research, with  a focus on climate-change and renewable energies, water management, agricultural practices, and urban governance. The laboratory encourages a trans-disciplinary and comparative, an international approach to research design and implementation, including stakeholder participation and policy application.



  • Romov, E. & Teschner, N. (2022). A Place under the Sun: Planning, Landscape and Participation in a Case of a Solar Powerplant in the Israeli Desert. Sustainability 14, 7666. link for download

  • Shapira, S., Shibli, H., & Teschner, N. (2021). Energy insecurity and community resilience: The experiences of Bedouins in Southern Israel. Environmental Science and Policy, 124, 135–143. link for download

  • Teschner, N. & Orentein E.D. (2021) A transdisciplinary study of agroecological niches: understanding sustainability transitions invineyards, Agriculture and Human Valueshttps://rdcu.be/ck5RY 

  • Schlattmann, A., N. Teschner & von Haaren, C. (2021) Who may use scarce water? An expedition into the normative basis of sustainable decision-making norms for sustainable water use, Water Policy. DOI: 10.2166/wp.2021.239

  • Teschner, N. et al. (2020) Extreme energy poverty in the urban peripheries of Romania and Israel: Policy, planning and infrastructure, Energy Research & Social Science 66, 101502.

  • Avni N., Teschner, N. (2019). Urban waterfronts: Streams of planning conflicts, Journal of Planning Literature. 34(4), 408–420. 

  • Negev, M., Teschner, N. A., Rosenthal, A., Levine, H., Lew-Levy, C., & Davidovitch, N. (2019). Adaptation of health systems to climate-related migration in Sub-Saharan Africa: Closing the gap. International journal of hygiene and environmental health 222(2): 311-314.

  • Teschner, N. (2018) The conflict over the commons in port-cities, Urban Geography 40 (7): 918-937.

  • Frantál, B., Van der Horst, D., Martinát, S., Schmitz, S., Teschner, N., Silva, L., Golobic, M., & Roth, M. (2018). Spatial targeting, synergies and scale: Exploring the criteria of smart practices for siting renewable energy projects, Energy Policy, 120: 85-93.

  • Teschner, N., Alterman, A. (2018) Preparing the ground for renewable energy: Regulatory challenges in siting small-scale wind turbines in urban areas, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 81(2):1660-1669.

  • Schmidt, N., Teschner, N., Negev, M. (2018) Scientific advice and administrative traditions: The role of Chief Scientists in climate change adaptation, Review of Policy Research 35(6): 859-880. PDF

  • Teschner, N., Orenstein, E.D, Shapira I., Keasar, T. (2017) Commentary: Socio-ecological research and the transition toward sustainable agriculture, International Journal of Sustainable Agriculture 15(2):99-101.

  • Teschner, N., Paavola, Y. (2013) Discourses of Abundance: Transitions in Israel’s Energy Regime, Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 15(3): 447-466.

  • Negev, M., Teschner, N. (2013) Rethinking the relationship between technical and local knowledge: Toward a multi-type approach, Environmental Science & Policy, 30: 50-59.

  • Teschner, N., Garb, Y., Paavola, Y. (2013) The Role of Technology in Policy Dynamics: The Case of Desalination in Israel, Environmental Policy and Governance, 23(2): 91-103.

  • Teschner, N., McDonald, A., Foxon, T.J., Paavola, J. (2012) Integrated transitions toward sustainability: The case of water and energy policies in Israel, Technological Forecasting and Social Change 79(3):457-468.

  • Teschner, N, Garb, Y., Tal, A. (2010) The environment in successive regional development plans for Israel’s periphery, International Planning Studies 15(2): 79-97. 

  • אלתרמן רחל ונעמה טשנר. 2021. אנרגיה מתחדשת מקורקעת: החסמים של רגולציה קרקעית ותכנונית בישראל במבט השוואתי. דוח על מחקר למשרד האנרגיה. הטכניון. PDF

  • טשנר נ. 2017. מיפוי מחלוקות מרחביות וסביבתיות מרכזיות בין נמל-עיר בחיפה, קתדרת חייקין לגאואסטרטגיה ומרכז חיפה למחקרי מדיניות ואסטרטגיה ימית, אוניברסיטת חיפה. PDF

  • טשנר, נ., גארב, י. וטל, א., 2012. היבטים סביבתיים בתוכניות הפיתוח לנגב, אקולוגיה וסביבה 3(1): 73-7. PDF



Teschner, N., Alterman, R. (2018). "Renewable energy and landscape quality in Israel", in Roth et al. (eds.) Renewable Energy and Landscape Quality, Berlin: Jovis, pp.54-55. PDF

  • Teschner, N. (2018). "Tackling energy poverty with renewables: Solar energy in peripheral rural areas", in Roth et al. (eds.) Renewable Energy and Landscape Quality, Berlin: Jovis, pp. 151-152. PDF

  • Teschner, N., Negev, M. (2012). "The development of water infrastructures in Israel: past, present and future", In Shared Borders, Shared Waters: Israeli-Palestinian and Colorado River Basin Water Challenges, Edited by B. Megdal, R.G Varady & S. Eden, CRC Press, pp.7-19. PDF

  • Abu Rdeineh, Y., Bromberg, G., Michaels, L., Teschner, N. (2010). "The role of civil society in addressing transboundary water issues in the Israeli-Palestinian Context", In Water Wisdom: Preparing the Groundwork for Cooperative and Sustainable Water Management in the Middle East, Edited by Tal, A. & Abed-Rabbo, A., Rutgers University Press, pp.283-293. PDF

LAB MEMBERS (current and graduates)


Omri Carmon

PhD student

future energy systems

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Elad Shaviv

PhD student

future energy markets

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MA student.

energy poverty, health  & resilience

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Mevaseret Melamed

MA student.

waterfronts & urban planning

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Shahar Steinbach

MA student.

national energy efficiency

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Na'ama Teschner

Head. energy, water, climate policy-making, planning and technological transitions

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Ela Romov

MA graduate. renewable energy landscapes and EIA




Researcher. environmental planning


Solar Panel

De-carbonized, decentralized electricity markets

Waterfront redevelopment and port-city urban planning

Noise, biodiversity and planning regulation

Sustainable agriculture transitions

Energy poverty & climate change

Renewable energy planning, landscape and public participation