Academic profile


Professor Silva is a British-Portuguese dual citizen and she has a research track record of 25+ years, both at the public and private sector and specialized in spatial analysis and planning.   Prof.  Silva started working in Cambridge, at the Department of Land Economy, as a University Lecturer - Assistant Professor (2006-2012), was Tenured (2009), Senior Lecturer - Associate Professor (2012-2017), Reader-Professor in Spatial Planning (2017-2020), Full Professor (from October 2020). She was the first Female to be promoted to Senior Lecturer, Reader, and Professor in the Department's history. In 2020, Prof. Silva received a commendation letter from the Chancellor of the University, Lord Sainsbury, recognizing outstanding contribution to the University response to the Covid19 crisis.

Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute

Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences :


Editorial Board member:

Computers, Environment and Urban Systems (CEUS)

Planning Theory & Practice 

Sustainable Development






She lectures and is the course coordinator of: "Spatial Analysis and Modelling"



M.Phil Chair of Examiners (M.Phils PGR, EP, REF, LER) and MSt Chair of Examiners.



Research interests



Prof. Silva research interests are centred on the application of new technologies to spatial planning in particular city and metropolitan dynamic modelling through time. Subject areas include:  Urban Planning, Land Use, Transportation, Spatial Analysis, Data Science & Big Data, Complexity Theory, Smart/Digital Cities, Geographic Information Systems and Planning Support Systems; Space-time dynamic models, Computation and Dynamic Simulation - soft Artificial Intelligence, AI Models (particularly, NN, ABM and CA models). 





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Current PhD students



Ica Fernandez, 

Ana Paula Seraphim, 

Tong Bian




Recent PhD students

Aviral Marwal 

Stephen Ajadi 

Yiqiao Chen 

Haifeng  Niu 

Hesseo (Rain) Kwon 

Felix Agyemang 

Chaowei Xiao 

Lun Liu 

Ransford Acheapong 

Jose Pedro Reis 

Qian Wang 

Helin Liu  

Mandy Law 

Ning Wu 

Sabrina Daud

Nan Song 

Saulo Souza 



Urban planning, complexity theory, spatial analysis, smart cities, big data, urban models


Research Centres