My research and teaching specializations are Economic and Development Geography, with a regional expertise in Sub-Saharan Africa. My central research theme focuses on poverty and inequality, while also examining the important linkages between global economic and environmental processes of change. Although trained as a social scientist, my work lies at the critical intersection bridging human and physical geography. Fundamentally, my work is motivated by the desire to help improve living standards and enhance social justice in economically marginalized regions. My broader scientific goal is to expand our existing knowledge of economic, social, and environmental processes that perpetuate poverty and lead to growing income and power disparities between people and between places. My work offers important new insights for changing the development trajectory in less-studied, remote rural regions that are rapidly integrating into the cash economy and are on the front lines of climate change. As my research on the socio-economic drivers of poverty and inequality has evolved, I have increasingly sought opportunities to collaborate with international and US-based earth scientists interested in extreme weather, climate change, and land use/land cover change. My overall research program thus involves projects that enable me to put my work on the underlying dynamics of uneven development into dialogue with investigations of related processes of environmental change. My work has been supported by a variety of federal grants, including, as Principal Investigator (PI), a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award and a NSF Dynamic Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) Interdisciplinary Team Exploratory Project Award. I have also been funded by several NASA program awards. Throughout my career, I have maintained a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring to foster enthusiasm for my discipline and encourage interdisciplinary thinking.
- Economic Globalization
- Human Dimensions of Global Change
- Inequality, Uneven Development and Social Justice
- Mixed Methodologies
- Sub-Saharan Africa
- Ph.D Geography, Rutgers University, 2005
- MCRP City and Regional Planning, Rutgers University, 2000
- BA English, UCLA, 1995
- Bounoua, Lahouari, Ping Zhang, Georgy Mostovoy, Kurtis Thome, Jeffery Masek, Marck Imhoff, Marshall Sheppard, Dale Quattrochi, Joseph Santanello, Julie Silva, Robert Wolfe, and Ally Mounirou Toure. 2015. Impact of Urbanization on US Surface Climate. Environmental Research Letters 10(8): 084010. Electronic version published on 8/15/2015 and available at http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/10/8/084010.
- Silva, Julie A., Corene J. Matyas, and Benedito Cunguara. 2015. Regional Inequality and Polarization in the Context of Concurrent Extreme Weather and Economic Shocks. Applied Geography. Electronic version published on 3/2/2015 and available at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0143622815000260. Print version in press.
- Mandl, D., S. Frye, P. Cappelaere, M. Handy, F. Policelli, M. Katjizeu, G. Van Langenhove, G. Aube, J.F. Saulnier, R. Sohlberg, J. Silva, N. Kussul, S. Skakun, S. Ungar, R. Grossman, & J. Szarynski. (2013). Use of the Earth Observing One (EO-1) Satellite for the Namibia SensorWeb Flood Early Warning Pilot. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 6(2): 298-308. (doi: 10.1109/JSTARS.2013.2255861)
|International||Served as an education volunteer in Gabon and worked with several Women in Development (WID) project|
|National||Editorial Board Member of The Professional Geographer|
|National||Served as an elected member of the Association of American Geographers' Economic Geography Specialty|
|National||Associate Editor of the African Geographical Review|
Department of Geographical Sciences