Julie A. Silva

Visiting Scholar in Residence

Dr. Julie A. Silva is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland and a former Scholar in Residence at SESYNC. A human-environment and economic geographer with a regional expertise in Sub-Saharan Africa, Julie's research examines the impacts of global economic and environmental change on multidimensional poverty and inequality. She has collaborated extensively with earth scientists to examine the social dynamics of uneven development in the context of ongoing ecological change. She has received support for her research through a variety of federal grants, including a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award and a Dynamic Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) Interdisciplinary Team Exploratory Project Award from the National Science Foundation. Prior to her academic career, Silva served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon (1995-1997). When not working, she enjoys reading mystery novels, hiking, and spending time with her dogs.

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2017 - 2020
Areas of Expertise
economic geography
multidimensional poverty
human-environment interactions
Research Interests
human dimensions of global change
uneven development
Methods of Expertise
spatial econometrics
qualitative analysis