Silvia Danielak

Silvia is a doctoral student at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, where she studies socio-spatial planning in the context of conflicts, structural and direct violence and post-conflict/post-disaster reconstruction. Her research centers around conflict urbanism, urban peacebuilding and disaster resilience and led her to conduct field research into questions of infrastructure, shelter and displacement in South Africa, Germany and Montserrat.

Silvia has more than five 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.

Recent Publications

Danielak, S. (2019). Navigating urban encounters: An infrastructural perspective on violence in Johannesburg’s taxi industry. Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal, 1–21.

Danielak, S. (2019). Conflict urbanism: Reflections on the role of conflict and peacebuilding in post-apartheid Johannesburg. Peacebuilding.

Danielak, S. (2019). Einwanderungsland? Germany’s Asylum Dilemma in Policy and Design. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 20(1), 1–13.

Danielak, S. (2017). Wall of Projections, Openings of Imagination: Creating and Effacing Memory along the Cypriot Buffer Zone. OBL/QUE – Journal on Critical Conservation, Vol 2.

Danielak, S. (2015). Border Management in post-crisis Mali. Challenges and Opportunities for Peacebuilding and Development. In S. Brüne, H.-G. Ehrhart, & H.-G. Justenhoven (Eds.), Frankreich, Deutschland und die EU in Mali: Chancen, Risiken, Herausforderungen (1st ed., pp. 135–158).

Danielak, S. (2013). External Aid Incorporated? Infrastructures for Peace and the Challenge of Coordination in Kyrgyzstan. Berghof Handbook Dialogue Series, No. 10, Berlin: Berghof Foundation.

Areas of Interest
Conflict, Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Participatory Planning, Social, Inclusion, and Diversity Planning, Transportation and Mobility, Trauma and Memory