Amnon Frenkel is Professor Emeritus in Urban and Regional Planning at the Faculty of Architecture and Town planning, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and the Co-Director of the China-Israel Planning Innovation Centre. He served as Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, visiting scholar at London School of Economics and Visiting Professor at the University Technology in Munich.
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 National Policy Research, at the Technion. He serve as representative of the Technion at the Israeli National High Committee for Planning and Building and the former president of the Israeli Section of the European Regional Science Association.
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.
He is the Technion's representative at EIT - Urban Mobility and is involved in a number of projects funded by EIT Urban Mobility, among them TIE – Mapping transportation innovation ecosystem in cities, Bike- Longer - Modelling bicycle user behavior and preferences with focus on e-bikes and long distance bicycle trips; SHARE-MORE - Incentives to encourage the use of a car sharing; MOBY - Living Lab micromobility.
His publications include books, chapters in books, and dozens of articles with an emphasis on technology policy, and diffusion of innovation in space. Among his recent books are "Mapping National Innovation Ecosystems: Foundations for Policy Consensus" (with Shlomo Maital) published by Edward Elgar Publisher; "Societies in Motion: Innovation, Migration and Regional Transformation", (together with Peter Nijkamp and Philip McCann), published by Eduard Elgar; and "Technion Nation: Technion’ s Contribution to Israel and the World", (with Prof. Shlomo Maital).
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.