Prof. Yael Parag Cohen Mintz
Deputy Dean, School of Sustainability
Prof. Yael Parag is the Vice Dean of the IDC’s School of Sustainability. She holds a BSc degree in biology, and MA and PhD
degrees in social sciences - all from Tel Aviv University.
Between 2005 and 2011 she was a researcher in the Environmental Change Institute (ECI), at the University of Oxford, UK and a senior researcher at the Lower Carbon Future (energy group).
Her research focuses on energy consumer behavior, consumer integration into the smart energy grid via smart technologies, prosumer markets, demand flexibility, energy security, local and community governance of energy, public acceptance of energy generation technologies, microgrids, personal carbon trading and more. In addition, she is developing the Middle Out perspective and applies it as an analytical tool for understanding socio-techno-economic transitions.
Prof. Parag is the recipient of various international and national competitive research grants.
She is an editorial board member of the journals 'Energy Research and Social Science' and 'Renewable and Sustainable Reviews'.
Her research is published in leading academic journals and various international conferences
1. I was interviewed to the BBC World podcast "People Fixing the World". Episode: How to make electricity for your neighbours. The energy microgrid that started with scrap metal and an old bicycle. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0b97zrc
2. I was interviewed to the Economist Climate podcast "To a lesser degree". Episode: Best Behaviour. How much does personal action matter? And how should societies meet the challenge of lowering greenhouse gas emissions? https://play.acast.com/s/a2466097-64ef-4550-b53b-24d082145a43/adb8bf4f-a10c-473c-bb4d-03595bbc4ac9
3. I was interviewed in Seeker video How Close Are We to a Zero-Emissions World? A 10 min video for Seeker, a digital media network dedicated to feeding young audience. Released for Earth Day 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0fac0W7fGE
Lewis Akenji, Magnus Bengtsson, Viivi Toivio, Michael Lettenmeier, Tina Fawcett, Yael Parag, Yamina Saheb, Anna Coote, Joachim H. Spangenberg, Stuart Capstick, Tim Gore, Luca Coscieme, Mathis Wackernagel, Dario Kenner (2021). 1.5-Degree Lifestyles: Towards A Fair Consumption Space for All. Hot or Cool Institute, Berlin.
Robison, R., Skjølsvold, T. M., Lehne, J., Judson, E., Pechancová, V., Foulds, C., ...Parag, Y., & Wyckmans, A. (2020). 100 Social Sciences and Humanities priority research questions for smart consumption in Horizon Europe. Energy-SHIFTS: Cambridge, UK.
Parag, Y. (2020). Which factors influence large households’ decision to join a time-of-use program? The interplay between demand flexibility, personal benefits and national benefits. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 110594.
Zohar, T., Parag, Y., & Ayalon, O. (2020). Strategizing demand management from the middle out: Harnessing middle actors to reduce peak electricity consumption. Energy Research & Social Science, 61, 101360.
Janda, Kathryn B, Yael Parag, Reindl Kathrina, Wade Faye and Yann Blumer (2019). Making more of middles: advancing the middle-out perspective in energy system transformation. ECEEE 2019 Summer Study Proceedings: 199-204
Parag Yael (2018) A nuclear power plant for Israel – what does the public know and think? Ecology and Environment April (Hebrew).
Michaels Lucy and Yael Parag (2016) Motivations and barriers to integrating ‘prosuming’ services into the future decentralized electricity grid: Findings from Israel. Energy Research & Social Science 21: 70-83
Yael Parag (2014) From Energy Security to the Security of Energy Services: Shortcomings of Traditional Supply-Oriented Approaches and the Contribution of a Socio-Technical and User-Oriented Perspectives. Science & Technology Studies.27(1).
Wade Joanne, Nick Eyre, Jo Hamilton and Yael Parag (2013) Local energy governance: communities and energy efficiency policy. ECEEE 2013 Summer Study – Rethink, Renew, Restart. Conference proceedings: 637-648.
Mayne Ruth, Jo Hamilton, Noam Bergman and Yael Parag (2013) Scaling up local energy action: the role of partnerships, networks and policy. ECEEE 2013 Summer Study – Rethink, Renew, Restart. Conference proceedings: 709-719.
Janda, Kathryn B. and Yael Parag (2013). Building expertise: a middle-out approach for reducing energy use. Building Research & Information 41(1). DOI 10.1080/09613218.2013.743396
Parag Yael, Stuart Capstick and Wouter Poortinga (2011) Attribute Framing: A Comparison between Three Policy Instruments for Personal Emissions Reduction. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Volume 30, Issue 4.
Janda, Kathryn B. and Yael Parag (2011) A Middle-Out Approach for Improving Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings, Energy efficiency first: The foundation of a low-carbon society Conference proceedings (ECEEE), 1203-1212
Parag Yael and Deborah Strickland (2011) Personal Carbon Trading: A Radical Policy Option for Reducing Emissions from the Domestic Sector. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development Volume 53 Issue 1, 29
Parag Y., and Darby, S. (2009) Consumer-supplier-government triangular relations: rethinking the UK policy path for carbon emissions reduction from the UK residential sector.Energy Policy, 37(10): 3984-3992.
Parag, Y. (2008) Cross policy learning: drawing lessons for Personal Carbon Trading (PCT) policy from food labelling schemes. In, Proceedings of the 13th Annual APPAM Conference, Los Angeles, California.
Parag Yael (2008) Who governs the air we breathe? Lessons from Israel’s Industrialist Covenant. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, Vol. 10 (2), p.133.
Weinthal, E., Parag, Y., Vengosh, A., Muti, A. and Kloppmann, W. (2005) The EU Drinking Water Directive: The boron standard and scientific uncertainty. European Environment, 15(1): 1-12.
Parag Yael (2010). Book review: Sandalow. D. B., (ed.). Plug in electric vehicles: What role for Washington? Transport Reviews 30(6):806
Parag Yael and Tamar Opher (2011). Article on Bottled Water, for the Water and Health" section of the UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS).
Parag Yael and Deborah Strickland (2010). Personal Carbon Budgets: Helping individuals to live in a carbon constrained world . In Ehrhardt-Martinez, K. and Skip Laitner (eds.) People-Centered Initiatives for Increasing Energy Savings. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
Parag, Yael and Strickland, D. (2009) Personal Carbon Budgeting: What people need to know, learn and have in order to manage and live within a carbon budget, and the policies that could support them. UKERC Research Report, Demand Reduction Theme.
Parag Yael, Erika Weinthal and Avner Vengosh (2004) Implementing the Boron Standard in Drinking Water in the Mediterranean Region. Report Submitted to the European Union Fifth Framework Program.
Weinthal Erika, Yael Parag, Avner Vengosh, and Wolfram Kloppmann (2004) Methodological guide for decision support on remediation and sustainable management of boron contaminated groundwater. Report Submitted to the European Union Fifth Framework Program.