I received my PhD degree from Melbourne University in 1987. I arrived in Melbourne due to a major condition: Doing a PhD on an area as far as possible from Israel and a place I have never visited before. I finished by completing a thesis under the title: “Uneven Development in Fiji: A Critical Approach to the Core-Periphery Paradigm”. The staff member who supervised me was Geoff Missen to whom I am deeply indebted for the invaluable learning experience gained from him.
I did enjoy the time in Melbourne where my family grew from one to three kids. I keep in touch with a good number of current and ex-members of the department. I hope that I paid off my debts more than somewhat to all those who supported and assisted me, by introducing backgammon to their lunch times and Damon Runyon to their literature.
I returned to Israel in 1988 entering into the Academic world. At present I am an associate professor and head of the Department of Geography and Environment at Bar-Ilan University. I am also serving as the president of Israel geographical Association and head of the Commission on Local Development of the International Geographical Union.