About

Silvia has a background in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Science, and is particularly interested in urban comfort (the combination of human thermal comfort, sociocultural identity and lifestyle, and adaptive capacity). Her research interests also extend to urban microclimate, cultural landscapes, climate change, and post-disaster recovery. She is currently working on a project to evaluate the economic benefits of urban comfort in Cairns.  

Before starting at James Cook University, Silvia worked at Lincoln University in New Zealand, where she also undertook her PhD. She has worked as a visiting researcher at the ILS (Institut für Landes- und Stadtentwicklungsforschung gGmbH) in Aachen, Germany, and in Palmas, in tropical Brazil, where she lectured at the UFT (Universidade Federal do Tocantins) for three years. She also has work experience in Rio Grande do Sul State, in the south of Brazil, where she studied for her BArch and MSc.  

Teaching
  • EV1008: Human Geography (Level 1; CNS)
  • EV2301: Urban Geography and Design (Level 2; TSV)
  • EV5301: Urban Geography and Design (Level 5; TSV)
  • EV5602: Urban Design Studio (Level 5; CNS)
Interests
Research
  • Urban comfort and its relationships with urban economy, policy, public health and climate change
  • Urban microclimate experience
  • Cultural landscapes and regional identity
  • Climate change adaptation in cities
  • Post-disaster recovery
Experience
  • 2017 to present - Lecturer in Urban Design, James Cook University (Cairns, Australia)
  • 2015 to 2016 - Assistant Lecturer in Landscape Architecture, Lincoln University (Christchurch, New Zealand)
  • 2015 - Teaching Assistant in Landscape Architecture, Lincoln University (Christchurch, New Zealand)
  • 2014 - Visiting Researcher, ILS (Institut für Landes- und Stadtentwicklungsforschung gGmbH) (Aachen, Germany)
  • 2011 to 2014 - Teaching Assistant in Landscape Architecture, Lincoln University (Christchurch, New Zealand)
  • 2008 to 2011 - Lecturer in Architecture and Urbanism, Universidade Federal do Tocantins (Palmas, Brazil)
  • 2008 to 2009 - Head of Culture Department, Universidade Federal do Tocantins (Palmas, Brazil)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2017 - Startup Grant - JCU
  • 2017 to 2018 - Blended Learning and Innovation Grant (BLING) - JCU
  • 2014 to 2015 - Research Writing Grant - Lincoln University – Faculty of Environment, Society and Design (ESD)
  • 2011 - 48 Hour Design Challenge – Gloucester Street Site Category Award Christchurch City Council, New Zealand
  • 2005 to 2006 - PROCEL Masters Scholarship (Brazil)
Fellowships
  • 2011 to 2014 - PhD Teacher Fellow Scholarship Lincoln University, New Zealand
Memberships
  • 2004 - CAU (Council of Architecture and Urbanism) - Professional registration in Architecture and Urban Planning and Design in Brazil
Other
  • 2017 - Referee for Cadernos do PROARQ - Brazil
  • 2017 - External referee for SINGEURB (National Symposium on Urban Engineering and Management) - Brazil
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