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Prof. Boris A. Portnov

Boris Portonov



Phone: 972-4-8288532

Office: Jacobs building, room 517

Office Hours: on prior appointment







Prof. Portnov holds PhD (1st Russian Doctoral Degree) in Urban and Regional Planning from the Central Research Institute of Town planning (1987; Moscow, USSR) and D.Sc. (2nd Russian doctoral degree) in Urban and Regional Planning from the Moscow Architectural Institute (1994). Since 2012, he holds the position of a Full Professor at the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, University of Haifa (tenured). Prof. Portnov chairs the Departmental PhD Committee. Research interest of Prof. Portnov include Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Urban and Regional Planning; Real Estate Valuation and Management; Spatial data analysis, Population Geography, and Environmental Epidemiology. Prof. Portnov authored or edited (alone and with others) 7 books and 160+ refereed articles and book chapters.

Research Interests

Geographic information systems, Urban Planning, Population Geography, Real estate valuation and management

Research topics

  • Environmental risk assessment
  • Geographic information systems in environmental studies
  • Green building
  • Modifying behavior for energy saving
  • Environmental and health effects of light pollution


  • Geographic information systems (GIS) in environmental research
  • 3-Dimentional environmental modelling
  • Geo-statistical analysis
  • Urban environment
  • Sustainable development
  • Regional and business location

Research in progress:

2018-2021 Modelling the Perceived Quality of Public Space Lighting: An Interactive User-Oriented Approach (PI) – Funded by Israel Science Foundation (ISF) (with T. Trop)

2019-2020, Optimizing Public Space Lighting in Cities with Residents’ Participation :A Step towards Smart and Sustainable Urban Areas in China and Israel – Funded jointly by Israel Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Science and Technology of PR of China, PI (Co-PIs: T.Trop (UoH), Prof. Ming Liu (Dalian University of Technology, PRC) and Prof. Weili Jiao, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PRC) .



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