Masters in Architecture & Urban Planning
Tel Aviv University and Ben Gurion University
Thesis Topic: Planning in the Grey Zone: Independent Zoning Plans in East Jerusalem.
Michal Braier is a graduate of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. She is currently a graduate student in a combined M.A. and PhD. program in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. A practicing architect for several years, Michal is interested in connections between social production, political power relationships and their spatial manifestations. More specifically, her research focuses on urban informality, urban planning, citizenship and human rights. For her MA thesis the research focused on the contested realm of urban planning in East Jerusalem' while for the PhD will build on that work for a comparative case study located in the cities along the United States – Mexico border. By delving into the theoretical discussion, Michal hopes to return to the professional practice, pointing at new directions in planning theory and practice for creating more democratic cities that reflect the needs and desires of all inhabitants.
A personal perspective:
"As an Azrieli Fellow, I have received maximum support that enabled me to pursue an in-depth research, both in the field and along theoretical venues, together with a full understanding of the importance of graduate studies in this long term intellectual journey."
Braier M. "Zones of transformation? Informal construction and independent zoning plans in East Jerusalem". Environment and Planning A 45 (2013): 2700 – 2716.