Student
Silvia Danielak

Silvia is a doctoral candidate at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, where she studies socio-spatial planning in the context of violent conflict and disaster risk. Silvia’s dissertation examines the evolution of peacebuilding in the context of urbanization and climate-induced hazards, based on a case study of current UN-led stabilization efforts in Mali. Her research focuses on the production and circulation of peacebuilding ideas and practices and their relations with urban planning and particularly infrastructure development.

Silvia has more than five years of professional experience in international development, local governance and conflict prevention across Africa, Europe and Central Asia. Prior to joining MIT, she served as a conflict prevention advisor to the African Union Border Program in Addis Ababa, and worked on conflict mediation in Kyrgyzstan. Silvia holds a Masters in Design Studies, Risk and Resilience from Harvard University, a M.A. in International Security from Sciences Po Paris, and a B.A. in European Studies from Maastricht University.

Recent Publications

Danielak S. (2020). Risk, vulnerability and pragmatic inevitability: The conflict-disaster nexus in urban governance in Johannesburg. Disasters.

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
Climate Change, Conflict, Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Participatory Planning, Infrastructure Planning, International Development, Social, Inclusion, and Diversity Planning, Transportation and Mobility