Dr. Yael Teff Seker, (Ph.D.)

Yael Teff Seker Portrait

Position Title

2270 SS&H
Office Hours
Wednesdays 10-12 (confirm by email - yteffseker@ucdavis.edu)


Yael Teff-Seker has a Ph.D. in Conflict Studies. Her work focuses on inter-group conflict/cooperation, environmental policy and ethics, social psychology, and stakeholder engagement. She was a visiting professor at UC Davis between 2020-2023, and is a lecturer at the Department of Sociology. Previously, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Technion, Haifa University, and a fellow at the Arava Institute. Her research and publications focus on environmental planning, marine conservation, sustainable development, environmental cooperation, science diplomacy, and cultural ecosystem services, as well as peace and sustainability education. 

Link to ResearchGate profile and publications: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Yael-Seker

Education and Degree(s)
  • PhD in Conflict Studies
Honors and Awards
  • UC Davis Humanities and Social Sciences Stimulating Exceptional and Essential Discovery (S.E.E.D.) Funding Program
  • SOC 1 (Intro to Sociology), SOC 132 (Gender), SOC 157 (Conflict), SOC 171 (Violence), and SOC 172 (Intersectionality)
  • Previously taught courses: RST 10-A (Env. Ethics) HMR 190 (Env. Justice), SOC 295 (Social Values of Nature), REL 230 (Environment and Religion).
Research Interests & Expertise
  • Environment, Conflict, Peacebuilding, Education, Socialization, Planning and Policy
  • Theories: Conflict Theory (Sociology), Social Psychology, Game Theory, EBM, Ecosystem Services, MFC
  • Rossi, V., Pipitone, C.… Teff-Seker, Y…Vega-Fernández, T., Goldsborough, D. (Accepted November 2023). Poor online information on European marine protected areas impairs public participation under the Aarhus Convention. Marine Policy. IF=4.315.
  • 1. Kedem, R., Teff-Seker, Y., Halasah, S., Feitelson, E. (Accepted March 2023). Towards a typology of environmental cooperation in post-conflict settings: the case of Jordan and Israel. Journal of Global Environmental Politics. IF=3.1, Q1.
  • 2. Furst, B., Portman, M. E., & Teff-Seker, Y. (2023). Activism or egotism? A critical view of the NIMBY phenomenon in cases of energy infrastructure in Israel. GeoJournal, 1-18. IF=2.7.
  • 3. Dick, J., Andrews, C., Orenstein, D., Teff-Seker, Y., and Zulien, G. (Accepted July 2022). A mixed-methods approach for analyzing recreational values and implications for management of protected areas: a case study of Cairngorms National Park, UK. Ecosystem Services. IF=5.45, Q1.
  • 4. Teff-Seker, Y., Rasilo, T. Dick, J. Goldsborough, D., and Orenstein, D.E. (2022). What does nature feel like? Using embodied walking interviews to discover cultural ecosystem services Ecosystem Services. Ecosystem Services 55, 101425. IF=5.45, Q1.
  • 5. Teff-Seker, Y., Berger-Tal, O., Lehnardt, Y., & Teschner, N. (2022). Noise pollution from wind turbines and its effects on wildlife: A cross-national analysis of current policies and planning regulations. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 168, 112801. IF=14.98, Q1.
  • 6. Darnaude, A. M., Teff-Seker, Y.; Costantini,…Hunter, E. The SEA-UNICORN European COST Action: Advancing Knowledge on Marine Connectivity to Support Transition to a Sustainable Blue Economy. Marine Technology Society Journal, Vol. 3, May/June 2022, pp. 134-135. (IF=0.71).
  • 7. Teff-Seker, Y., Segre, H., Eizenberg, E., Orenstein, D. E., & Shwartz, A. (2021). Factors influencing farmer and resident willingness to adopt an agri-environmental scheme in Israel. Journal of Environmental Management, 302, 114066. IF=4.62, Q1. 9.
  • 8. Teff-Seker, Y., Mackelworth, P., Nam, J.H., Tuda, A. Vega Fernández, T., & McManus, J. (2020) “Do Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Track Two Processes Support Transboundary Marine Conservation? Lessons from six case studies of maritime disputes”. Frontiers in Marine Science. IF=4.91, Q1.
  • 9. Katsanevakis, S., Coll, M., Fraschetti, S, ... Teff-Seker, Y. & Yates, A. E. (2020). Twelve recommendations for advancing marine conservation in European and contiguous seas. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, 879.‏ IF=4.91, Q1.
  • 10. Teff-Seker, Y. (2020). Peace and conflict in Israeli state-approved textbooks: 2000-2018. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 52(4), 533-550.‏ IF=2.62, Q1.
  • 11. Mackelworth, P., Teff-Seker, Y., Vega Fernandez…& Warr, S. (2019) “Geopolitics and Marine Conservation: Synergies and Conflicts”. Frontiers in Marine Science. IF=4.91, Q1.
  • 12. Teff-Seker, Y., Rubin, A., & Eiran, E. (2019). Israel’s ‘turn to the sea’ and its effect on Israeli regional policy. Israel Affairs, 25(2), 234-255.‏ IF=0.38, Q3.
  • 13. Teff-Seker, Y. & Orenstein, D. E., The “Desert Experience: Evaluating the Cultural Ecosystem Services of Drylands through Walking and Focusing”. People and Nature, vol 1:2, June 2019, pp. 234-248. (New journal, British Ecological Society, IF =7.2).
  • 14. Teff-Seker, Y. & Portman, M. E., Kaplan-Mintz, K. (2019). “Problem and Project Based Learning as a Tool for Environmental Education: A study of graduate planning students”, Case Studies in the Environment, April, 2019.
  • 15. Kosel, S., Teff-Seker, Y., Orenstein, D. & Gruner, E. (2019) “Group Identity and Political Barriers: Jordanian and Israeli Narratives of Env. Scientific Cooperation” Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology. IF= 1.17.
  • 16. Portman, M. E., & Teff-Seker, Y. (2017). Factors of success and failure for transboundary environmental cooperation: projects in the Gulf of Aqaba. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 19(6), 810-826.‏ Ranking: IF=1.195; Q1.
  • 17. Teff-Seker, Y., Eiran, E., & Rubin, A. (2018). Israel Turns to the Sea. Middle East Journal, 72(4), 610-630.‏ IF=0.619; Q3.
  • 18. Portman, M. E., & Teff-Seker, Y. (2017). Community-level environmental projects as learning tools for planners: a case study of graduate planning students. Environmental Education Research, 23(3), 415-435.
  • Book Chapters: Teff-Seker, Y. and Mackelworth, P. (chapter accepted, publication 2024). “Concepts: Marine Geopolitics”. Routledge Handbook on Critical Ocean Studies.
  • Teff-Seker, Y. (2021) “Using Focusing and Thinking At the Edge for Science”. In Kypriotakis, N. and Moore, J. (Eds.), Senses of Focusing. Chapter 19, pp. 435-436.
  • Teff-Seker, Y. (2017) "Attitudes towards the "Other" and Jewish Israeli Identity in Israeli Schoolbooks" in: Podeh, E. and Alayan, S. (Eds.) Multiple Alterities: Views of Others in School Textbooks of the Middle East.
  • Portman, M. & Teff-Seker, Y. (2016). Remembering the Red Sea Marine Peace Park. In Mackelworth, P. (Ed.) Marine Transboundary Conservation and Protected Areas, 89-110.