Who We Are

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The Porter School of Environmental Studies (PSES) at Tel Aviv University is the first graduate school dedicated to the research, teaching and sharing of environmental knowledge in Israel, and among a handful in the world to be wholly multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary in its approach. 


PSES was established in the year 2000 to respond to the increasing need for knowledge and research of this essential field, and it offers a range of study and research programs for graduate students. The school teaches an extensive array of topics, addressing contemporary, pertinent issues such as: renewable energies, climate change, air pollution, stream and river rehabilitation, environmental justice, sustainable urban planning, environmental economics and more.


Interdisciplinary Approach Generates Innovation

The PSES's unique interdisciplinary approach facilitates productive interfaces between exact and natural sciences (such as engineering, geophysics and zoology), and issues associated with social sciences and humanities (such as law, philosophy, management and sociology). The integration of environmental aspects into the various disciplines creates new fields of research and knowledge, which nourish the current evolution of thinking in Israel and globally.


Community Involvement and Environmental Impact

As part of its comprehensive vision, PSES seeks to bring forth the wealth of academic environmental knowledge to the places where it is most needed, in all realms of Israeli society: national and local government, the judicial system, the education system, industry, private sector companies and public institutions. The school therefore maintains extensive contacts and partnerships with leading environmental organizations, government ministries, industry and other research institutions in Israel and around the world. PSES alumni – among them researchers, educators, lawyers, decision makers, planners and architects – form the new generation of leaders of environmental discourse and activism.


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