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Yair Assaf-Shapira

Researcher

Yair Assaf-Shapira

Researcher

Yair has been a researcher at the Institute since 1999, specializing in planning, data analysis and presentation, and GIS mapping. He lectures about trends in Jerusalem in the Institute’s training programs and events to varied audiences, from Israeli and foreign students to the most senior professionals, to whom he also serves as consultant on complex data issues. Yair has been engaged in mapping and GIS for the past 20 years. He is a member of the statistical yearbook team and specializes in making the data accessible to the general public, with an emphasis on the creation of interactive real-time data, such as in the local Jerusalem elections and the general countrywide elections and also on the basis of current data from public bodies, foremost among them the Central Bureau of Statistics.

Yair is the editor of the Institute’s blog, which was established in 2007 and is also published in the local newspapers. The blog encompasses numerous topics but always based on data, in the spirit of the well-known aphorism, “Without data you are just another person with an opinion.”

Yair holds a B.Arch degree in architecture from the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, and an MA in geography and urban planning from the Hebrew University. He also volunteers on urban issues and in social and community organizations.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Jerusalem Metropolitan
  • Jerusalem Statistical Yearbook
  • population and Society
  • Statistics and Data