Welcome!

I am a researcher and PhD candidate at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), where I study socio-spatial planning in the context of conflicts, disaster risk, and post-conflict/post-disaster reconstruction. I am particularly interested in infrastructure and technology in conflict settings and as part of peace efforts, as well as its coalition with climate and environmental efforts. My work has been published in various academic and non-academic outlets, including the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, International Peacekeeping, Peacebuilding, or Disasters. Field research into questions of infrastructure, shelter and displacement have led me to South Africa, Morocco and Montserrat.

I have more than eight years of professional experience in international development, working on governance and conflict prevention across Africa, Europe and Central Asia. Prior to coming to MIT, I served as conflict prevention advisor to the African Union Border Programme, based in Addis Ababa, and worked on peace infrastructures and mediation in Kyrgyzstan. I occasionally serve as a consultant in areas such as conflict sensitive development, urban planning, and climate adaptation in conflict zones.

I hold a Master in Design Studies, Risk and Resilience from Harvard University, a MA in Security Studies from the Sciences Po Paris, and a BA in European Studies from Maastricht University.

silviada@mit.edu | Massachusetts Institute of Technology | GoogleScholar | ORCID | LinkedIn | Twitter

© 2021 Silvia Danielak. All rights reserved.