Amnon Frenkel is faculty member at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. He was a visiting scholar at London School of Economics. He served as the chair of the Graduate Program for Urban and Regional Planning at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion (8 years). He is member of the board of directors of the Center for Urban and Regional Studies and a senior research fellow at the Samuel Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology, at the Technion. Frenkel is the president of the Israeli Section of the European Regional Science Association. In addition he the representative of the Technion at the Israeli National High Committee for Planning and Building.
He established the Spatial Capital Resources Lab at the Center for Urban and Regional Studies, Technion with the aim to provide decision makers with tools and first tier quality data necessary making the best decisions for planning and development. Secondly, to provide decision makers with dynamic management tools based on objectively verifiable quantitative indicators, thus allowing measure and track long term accomplishments of the authorities as well as significant trends which are affecting the character of development in the various communities. And third to create a strategic toolbox which helps direct each and every local authority towards local sustainable development tailored to its unique spatial capital asset profile.
His publications include books, chapters in books, and many articles with an emphasis on technology policy, and diffusion of innovation in space. Among his recent books are "Societies in Motion: Innovation, Migration and Regional Transformation", together with Prof. Peter Nijkamp and Prof. Philip McCann, published by Eduard Elgar Publishing last March; and "Technion Nation: Technion’ s Contribution to Israel and the World" ,together with Prof. Shlomo Maital, published last June.
His research studies concern a comparative projects aimed at measuring the spatial diffusion of technological innovation. He was involved in several bilateral research projects funded by the GIF (Germany-Israel Science fund). He has also participated in 3 EU-funded projects. The first under the IV Framework program (IFISE) developed methodology for the creation of seed and start-up capital sources for high-tech firms. The project follows the Israeli success story of the Technological Incubator Program and examines its applicability for Europe.
The second project was under the VI Framework Program of the EU – (RICAFE2) “Regional Comparative Advantage and Knowledge-Based Entrepreneurship”. The objective was to investigate how societal, legal, and economic factors affect the patterns of regional economic growth and how Knowledge-Based Entrepreneurship (KBE) contributes to shifting patterns of regional comparative advantage and to regional growth and social cohesion. He conducts a research project aimed at developing effective policies and procedures that will better promote technology transfer from the universities to the industry. Today He is involved in a third EU-funded project under the Seventh Framework Program of the EU – (Pick-Me) " Policy Incentives for the Creation of Knowledge: Methods and Evidence". This research aims to develop and analyze the role played by demand in the generation and exploitation of technological knowledge, introduction of technological and organizational innovation, and in fostering productivity growth, at a theoretical and especially at an empirical level.
In addition, he participated in many planning projects both on the national, regional and local levels. Among them are "Israel 2020" - A Master Plan for Israel in the 21st Century, National Comprehensive Outline Scheme – NOS/35, Out-line and Development Plan for the Northern (Galilee) Region, and many others.