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Silvia Danielak

Silvia Danielak

Adjunct Lecturer


Silvia Danielak is an urban planning, conflict and disaster risk specialist. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where her work examines socio-spatial planning and urban peacebuilding in the context of violent conflict, climate change and disaster risk. Silvia has more than ten years of professional experience in international development, governance and conflict prevention across Africa, Europe and Central Asia. Prior to coming to MIT, she served as conflict prevention advisor to the African Union Border Programme, based in Addis Ababa, and worked on peace infrastructures and mediation in Kyrgyzstan. Silvia holds a Master in Design Studies, Risk and Resilience from Harvard University, a MA in International Security from Sciences Po Paris and a BA in European Studies from Maastricht University. Her work has been published in a variety of academic and nonacademic outlines, including International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, International Peacekeeping, Peacebuilding, Disasters and The Conversation.



  • Urban Planning
  • Conflict and Disaster Risk