Enrique R. Silva is the Senior Research Associate for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) program at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (LILP). At the Lincoln Institute, he is responsible for overseeing the LAC research portfolio and its relationship with the larger educational and policy initiatives of the program and Institute. Silva supervises research that ranges from land-based fiscal instruments, the fiscal and land policy dimensions of large scale urban projects, affordable housing and urban segregation, to planning regimes and climate change adaptation. On behalf of the Lincoln Institute, Silva is also actively involved in global discussions leading up to the United Nations’ Habitat III Summit in 2016. Prior to his arrival at LILP, Silva was an Assistant Professor of city planning and urban affairs and the Program Coordinator for the graduate programs in city planning and urban affairs at Boston University.
Silva is an expert in comparative urbanization, metropolitan governance, and the institutionalization of planning practices in the Americas. He is also involved in efforts to promote the development of urban growth management and planning institutions in post-earthquake Haiti. Silva has published several articles on the political and institutional dimensions of Chile’s infrastructure concessions program and is currently writing several pieces on the politics of post-earthquake urban planning in Haiti. Prior to his doctoral studies in city and regional planning, Silva worked as a planner and environmental development consultant in the Greater Boston Area and was the Program Assistant for the Democratic Governance Program for the Ford Foundation’s Santiago, Chile Office. Silva holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master’s of Science in Planning from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Columbia University.