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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics


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 lectures and is the course coordinator of: in "Urban and Environmental Planning I" (PGR01) and "Spatial Analysis and Modelling" (RM03); she was the Director of the PhD Programme (2008-2015);  until 2021 she was the  Director of the M.Phil  "Planning Growth and Regeneration".

Prof. Silva is the Director of the Lab of Interdisciplinary Spatial Analysis  (LISA Lab):

Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute :

Data Champion


Editorial Board member:

Computers, Environment and Urban Systems (CEUS)

Planning Theory & Practice 

Sustainable Development


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:  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 ABM and CA models). 

‪Elisabete A. Silva‬ - ‪Google Scholar‬

Current Research Associates and Ph.D. students: Dr. José Pedro Reis,  Mr. Haifeng Niu,  Miss Yiqiao Chen, Mr. Stephen Ajadi, Ms. Ica Fernandez, Ms Ana Paula Seraphim, Mr. Aviral Marwal.


Key publications: 


  • 2010 A Planner’s Encounter with Complexity, (with G. de Roo) Ashgate Publishers Ltd, Aldershot (UK). 337 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4094-0265-7. 
  • 2003 1st Conference of the Land Management Engineering: Plan-Change-Manage (With J. Ferreira, JB e Silva, E.A. Silva and  J. M. Esteves) (in Portuguese) . Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) & Núcleo de Estudos dos alunos de Território (NET), Lisboa. 43 pages ISBN: 972-8152-76-0




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Professor - Spatial Planning
Director of the Lab of Interdisciplinary Spatial Analysis (LISA Lab)
Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute
Data Champion
Professor Elisabete A Silva

Contact Details

Email address: 
(01223) 337141


Person keywords: 
Public Policy