Dr. Shiri Zemah Shamir

School of Sustainability Founded by Israel Corp. ICL

Areas of expertise

  • Dr. Shiri Zemah Shamir is the head of Economic-Sustainability track at IDC’s School of Sustainability. She holds a BA degree, MSc and PhD degrees in Economics. Before her current position, she was a senior researcher in the Natural Resource and Environmental Research Center (NRERC) at the University of Haifa, Israel. Dr Zemah Shamir's research focuses on various socio-economic aspects of the terrestrial and marine ecosystem services. In her current work she is focusing on optimal management of biosphere reserves based the economics of ecosystem services assessment; economic valuation of marine ecosystem; marine natural capital and green accounting; social cost benefit analysis of different solutions in human-wildlife conflict in north of Israel; the economics of risk of fire. Dr Zemah Shamir's work has been widely published in professional journals and conferences, including Ecosystem Services, Journal of Environmental Management, International Journal of Water Resources Development, EAERE annual conferences and BIOECON annual conferences. She has won several competitive research grants, including ones from the Israel Scientific Foundation, Israeli Ministry of Water and Energy, the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection, and Yad Hanadiv (the Rothschild family philanthropic trust).

  • Peled, Y., Zemah-Shamir, S., Israel, A., Shechter, M., Ofir, E., & Gal, G. (2020). Incorporating insurance value into ecosystem services assessments: Mitigation of ecosystem users’ welfare uncertainty through biological control. Ecosystem Services, 46, 101192.


    Raviv, O., Tchetchik, A., Lotan, A., Izhaki, I., & Shamir, S. Z. (2021). Direct and indirect valuation of air-quality regulation service as reflected in the preferences towards distinct types of landscape in a biosphere reserve. Ecological Economics, 180, 106835.


    Raviv, O., Zemah-Shamir, S., Izhaki, I., & Lotan, A. (2021). The effect of wildfire and land-cover changes on the economic value of ecosystem services in Mount Carmel Biosphere Reserve, Israel. Ecosystem Services, 49, 101291.


    Zemah-Shamir, S., Zemah-Shamir, Z., Tchetchik, A., Haim, A., Tchernov, D., & Israel, Á. (2021). Cultivating marine macroalgae in CO2-enriched seawater: A bio-economic approach. Aquaculture, 544, 737042.


    Zemah-Shamir, Z., Zemah-Shamir, S., Scheinin, A., Tchernov, D., Lazebnik, T., & Gal, G. (2022). A Systematic Review of the Behavioural Changes and Physiological Adjustments of Elasmobranchs and Teleost’s to Ocean Acidification with a Focus on Sharks. Fishes, 7(2), 56.


    Becker N., Greenfeld A., Zemah shamir S.**, (2018). Cost Benefit Analysis of Full and Partly River Restoration: The Kishon River in Israel. International Journal of Water Resources Development.


    Lotan A., Kost R., Mandelik Y., Peled Y., Chakuki D., Zemah Shamir S., Ram Y. (2018). National scale mapping of ecosystem services in Israel – genetic resources, pollination and cultural services. One Ecosystem 3: e25494.


    Zemah Samir, Z., Zemah Shamir, S., Tchernov, D., Scheinin, A., & Becker, N. (2019). Shark aggregation and tourism: Opportunities and challenges of an emerging phenomenon. Int. J. Sustain. Dev. World Ecol., 1-9.‏


    Zemah Shamir, Z., Zemah Shamir, S.*, Becker, N., Scheinin, A., & Tchernov, D. (2019). Evidence of the impacts of emerging shark tourism in the Mediterranean. Ocean & Coastal Management, 178, 104847.


    Negev, M., Sagie, H., Orenstein, D. E., Zemah Shamir, S., Hassan, Y., Amasha, H., ... & Wittenberg, L. (2019). Using the ecosystem services framework for defining diverse human-nature relationships in a multi-ethnic biosphere reserve. Ecosystem Services, 39, 100989.


    Zemah Shamir S. (2020). The economic values of climate change - A review. Ecology and environment, (4)10. (Hebrew).


    Raviv O., Zemah Shamir S., Izhaki I., Sagie H., Negev M., Mazor-Tregerman M., Collins-Kreiner N., Mansfeld Y., & Lotan A. (2020). The socioeconomic value of multiple ecosystem types at a biosphere reserve as a baseline for one holistic conservation plan. Ecosystem Services 40 101043


    Peled Y., Zemah Shamir S., Shechter M., Rahav E. and Israel A (2018). " A new perspective on valuating marine climate regulation: The Israeli Mediterranean as a case study". Ecosystem services  29(A), 83-90.


    Dudai N., Tsion I., Zemah Shamir S., Nitzan N., Chaimovitsh D., Shachter A., and Haim A. (2017). Agronomic and economic evaluation of Vetiver Grass
    (Vetiveria zizanioides L.) as means for Phytoremediation of Diesel Polluted Soils in Israel. Journal of environmental management


    Korzen L., Peled Y., Zemah Shamir S., Shechter M., Gedanken A., Abelson A., and Israel A. (2015). “An economic analysis of bioethanol production from the marine macroalga Ulva (Chlorophyta)”, Technology 03:02n03, 114-118.


    Israel A., Gedanken A., Shechter M., Abelson A., Zemah Shamir S., Korzen L., Kropnik N., Kerry E. and Peled Y. “ different aspects of bioethanol production from the marine macroalga Ulva (Chlorophyta)”. Ecology and environment 2015(3), 211-216. (In Hebrew).


    Zemah Shamir S., Shitovitz B and Shechter M. (2014). Optimal Species Preservation Policy in a Symbiotic Relationship between Species. Handbook on the Economics of Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity. Edward Edgar, 302-317.