Nurit Hashimshony-Yaffe was born in Israel and studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Geography and Political Science). She holds a PhD in Political Science (1998) on the Nigerian civil society between 1983 and 1992. It was supervised by Prof. Naomi Chazan and lead to a wide interest in informal politics and state-society relations. During the following years she worked as a practitioner in the field of community organizing, as a director of a public activity environmental center and as head of the Community Organizing Training Program at SHATIL (a capacity building NGO). For the last five years she was a municipality member and head of an environmental local committee. During the last seven years Nurit has been working at the School of Government and Society at the Academic College of Tel Aviv Yaffo.
Her research interests are (African) NGOs and civil society in a comparative perspective, African asylum seekers and their organizations, environmental NGOs and the relations between policy, NGOs and daily lives. Main countries of interest are: Nigeria, Eritrea and Sudan. Since October 2013 she has been a research fellow at the Davis Institute for International Relations, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her time at the African Studies Centre will be devoted to a research project on community organizations amongst African refugees.
Hadas Yaron, John Campbell and Nurit Hashimshony-Yaffe (2013). "'Infiltrators' or Refugees? An Analysis of Israel's Policy towards African Asylum-Seekers". International Migration. Vol. 51 (4) ; 144-157.
Nurit Hashimshony-Yaffe, (2012)."The State and the Environment- A Dual Dynamic", Journal of Environmental Ethics and Values. Vol. 2&3, November.
Nurit Hashimshony-Yaffe, Assaf Meidany (2010). Public Space and public policy: the Case of The Israel Human Rights Commission in Hani Zubida and David Mekelberg eds., Democratic Arrangements in the New Public Sphere. Israeli Political Science Association, [Hebrew].
Chazan, Naomi, Nurit Hashimshony-Yaffe and Ella Keren (2002). The Emergence of the New African States- Colonialism and De colonization in Africa. Tel Aviv: The Open University [Hebrew].
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