BMI’s 9th Annual Conference Regimes, Human Development and Sustainability

BMI’s 9th Annual Conference Regimes, Human Development and Sustainability

Tel-Aviv University, Naftali Building
May 29th-30th, 2024

The Boris Mints Institute (BMI) held its 9th Annual Conference on “Regimes, Human Development and Sustainability” at Tel-Aviv University on May 29th and 30th, 2024. The event brought together scholars and experts to discuss various topics related to political regimes, human development, and sustainability. The conference commenced with opening remarks from Dr. Boris Mints, the founder and president of BMI, and Prof. Itai Sened, Dean of the Gershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences and Head of BMI. 

The keynote address, titled “Civilizational Development: Foreseeing the Future through the Past,” was delivered by Mr. Mikheil Abramishvili, the Director of the Tbilisi Archaeological Museum at the Georgian National Museum. Abramishvili’s address focused on how historical patterns of civilizational development can provide insights into future societal trends from the archeological perspective. A key panel discussion on the Return of the Authoritarianism explored the resurgence of authoritarian regimes globally and the implications for international relations and democracy. The second day of the conference began with the Human Development Lab Student Presentations, which highlighted cutting-edge research on human development issues, demonstrating the breadth and depth of student engagement in these critical areas. Another significant session was on “Welfare, Inequality, and Democracy, delving into the intersections between social welfare policies, economic inequality, and democratic governance, providing a nuanced analysis of contemporary challenges and potential solutions. The Energy & Climate Lab’s presentations focused on innovative research addressing the pressing issues of energy sustainability and climate change. Overall, the 9th Annual Conference of BMI successfully fostered a rich exchange of ideas and highlighted significant research contributions from both established scholars and emerging researchers


Opening Remarks
Dr. Boris Mints, Founder and President, BMI
Prof. Itai Sened, Dean, Gershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences, Head of BMI


BMI Opening Keynote
Civilizational Development: Foreseeing the Future through the Past
Mr. Mikheil Abramishvili, Director, Tbilisi Archeological Museum at the Georgian National Museum

Presentation (PDF)

Return of the Authoritarianism: Expert Panel
Dr. Omer Sergi, The Sonia & Marco Nadler Institute of Archeology, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Eyal Zisser, Vice Rector, Tel-Aviv University
Prof. Astrid von Busekist, Professor of Political Theory, Science Po
Dr. Alon Yakter, School of Political Science, Government, and International Relations, Tel-Aviv University

Human Development Lab Student Presentations
Moderator: Dr. Nimrod Rosler, Head of the INTL program of Conflict Resolution and Mediation, TAU
Dr. Yan Zheng, BMI Postdoc Fellow 
Presentation (PDF)
Dr. Nadine Knab, BMI Postdoc Fellow
Petr Pesov, BMI Fellow  Presentation (PDF)

Welfare, Inequality and Democracy
Moderator: Prof. Itai Sened, head of BMI, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences
Prof. Sebastian Galiani, University of Maryland  Presentation (PDF)
Dr. Roee Levy, Berglas School of Economics, TAU Presentation (PDF)
Prof. Osnat Akirav, Western Galilee College  Presentation (PDF)

Energy & Climate Lab Student Presentation
Moderator: Prof. Asher Tishler, Professor Emeritus Coller School of Management and Head of Energy and Climate Lab
Lior Gallo, BMI Fellow  Presentation (PDF)
Eyal Sasson, BMI Fellow  Presentation (PDF)
Dr. Irina Milshtein, Holon Institute of Technology  Presentation (PDF)
Green Naftali meeting room (Floor -1), Naftali Building