Nir Cohen

Nir Cohen, Dr.

Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography & Environment, Bar Ilan University
KTH & TU Wien Visiting Professor 2019



Nir Cohen is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Environment at Bar Ilan University, Israel. Trained in political sciences, international affairs and geography, his main research interests are in the fields of migration studies, social urban relations, and labor geographies. He has studied the relations between state and migrants in Israel, ethnic conflicts in urban environments, and labor struggles in the face of plant closures. His work was published in journals of human geography, migration and urban studies. In Spring 2018 he was a Visiting Fellow of Jewish Migration at the Parkes Institute in the University of Southampton, UK.


Selected Publications:

Book Chapters

Cohen, N. (2015) Southern (Dis)comfort: Defensive urban citizenship in Tel Aviv. In Matejskova, T. & M. Antonsich (Eds.) Governing through Diversity: Migration Societies in the Post-Multiculturalist Age. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 161-180.

Cohen, N., Hefetz, A. & D. Czamanski (2013). Arab Migrants in a Jewish State: Patterns, Profiles, Challenges. In Finney, N. & G. Catney (Eds.) Minority Internal Migration in Europe (International Population Studies Series). London: Ashgate, pp. 111-126.

Articles in Refereed Journals 

Cohen, N. & O. Mindali-Rotem (in press). Driven by fear? Commuting and fear of terrorism in the West Bank. Geography Research Forum. 

Lev Ari, L. & N. Cohen (2018). Acculturation strategies among second generation Israeli migrants in the United States. Contemporary Jewry, 1-20.

Aharon-Gutman, M. & N. Cohen (2017). Refusal, Circulation, Refuge: Young (Im) mobilities in Rural Israel. Social and Cultural Geography, 1-22.

Cohen, N. (2017). Diaspora Strategies: Actors, Members and Spaces. Geography Compass, 11(3), 11-13.

Cohen, N. & M. Aharon-Gutman (2016). Labour agency and the temporality of struggles: A comparative study in the Israeli periphery. Geoforum, 74(1), 98-107.

Cohen, N. (2016) A Web of Repatriation: The Changing Politics of Israel’s Diaspora Strategy. Population, Space and Place, 22(3), 288-300.

Cohen, N. & T. Margalit (2015). ‘There are really two cities here’: Fragmented urban citizenship in Tel Aviv. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 39(4), 666-686.

Eizenberg, E. & N. Cohen (2015). Reconstructing urban image through cultural flagship events: The case of Bat-Yam. Cities, 42(1), 54-62. 

Cohen, N. & D. Kranz (2015). State-assisted return programs, national identity, and the risk(s) of homecoming: Israel and Germany compared. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 41(5/6), 795-812. 

Cohen, N., D. Czamanski & A. Hefetz (2015). Internal Migration of Ethno-national Minorities: The Case of Arabs in Israel. International Migration, 53(6), 74-88. 

Cohen, N. and M. Aharon-Gutman (2014). Citizenship at Work in the Israeli Periphery: The Case of Peri Ha’Galil. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 32(4), 589-605. 

Cohen, N. (2013). From Nation to Profession: Israeli State Strategy towards Highly-skilled Return Migration. Journal of Historical Geography, 42, 1-11. 

Cohen, N. (2013). Territorial stigma-formation in the Israeli city of Bat Yam, 1950-1983. Journal of Historical Geography, 39, 113-124. 

Cohen, N. (2012). State, Migrants and the Negotiation of Second Generation Citizenship in the Israeli Diaspora. Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies, 16(1/2), 133-158. 

Cohen, N. (2011). Rights beyond Borders: Everyday Politics of Citizenship in the Israeli Diaspora. Journal of Ethnic & Migration Studies, 37(7), 1137-1153. 

Cohen, N. (2010) From Legalism to Symbolism: Anti-Mobility and National Identity in Israel, 1948-1958. Journal of Historical Geography, 36(1), 19-28. 

Cohen, N. (2009). Come Home, Be Professional: Ethno-nationalism and economic rationalism in Israel’s return migration policy. Immigrants and Minorities, 27(1), 1-28. 

Cohen, N. (2007). From Overt Rejection to Enthusiastic Embracement: Changing State Discourses on Israeli Emigration. GeoJournal, 68(2/3), 267-278.