Professor Noam Shoval is an expert in urban geography and planning, urban tourism and the development and implementation of advanced tracking technologies useful in urban studies, tourism and medicine. Internationally, he is a sought-after consultant and collaborator on research projects in the areas of tourist time-space activities, urban tourism planning, and aging and cognitive decline of patients. Professor Shoval’s impact has been global, including policy and planning in Spain, Hong Kong, Israel, Germany, Denmark, Italy, and China.
Professor Shoval completed his Ph.D. at The Hebrew University and conducted post-doctoral research at the University of London (2000–2001). He was an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Heidelberg (2007-2008). He spent an academic year (2014-2015) as a visiting professor at the Center for Urban and Social Research at the University of Pittsburgh. Over the years he published four books and just over one hundred twenty other scientific publications.
Professor Shoval, served as the chair of the department of Geography (2009-2013), Director of the European Forum (2015-2018) and the President of the Israeli Geographical Association (2015-2017). In 2017 he was elected a fellow of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism.