Gabriel SilvestreDr Gabriel Silvestre


Room number: C4f
Telephone: 0114 222 6904


I joined the Department in July 2017 having previously taught at University College London and University of Westminster.

My interdisciplinary background reflects my research and teaching interests which lie at the interface of urban studies and policy analysis. I completed my undergraduate degree in Management Studies in Brazil at Mackenzie University, Sao Paulo, and a Masters degree in Tourism Management at the University of Westminster. I then spent five years working in the public sector at Visit Britain and the City of London Corporation. I returned to academia to complete a PhD in Planning Studies at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, where I examined circulating policy practices and the urban transformation of the city of Rio de Janeiro ahead of the hosting of the 2016 Olympic Games.

I am currently the Programme Director for the MA Cities and Global Development. I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have previously served as committee member (2012-16) of the Urban Geography Research Group (Royal Geographic Society).


My interests have developed around the core themes of urban politics, the planning process and social justice. These have been informed by an empirical engagement with development processes in the city of Rio de Janeiro. I am currently interested in examining the conceptual and empirical dynamics of localising global city ideas and uneven spatial development. I draw on recent debates in urban studies in reference to the construction and circulation of policy models combined with an analysis rooted in new institutionalism to critically evaluate the role of ideas, interests and institutional settings.


I currently teach on the following modules:

  • TRP614, International Development Field Class
  • TRP630, Theorising the City in the Global South
  • TRP631, Urban Development in the Global South
  • TRP6019, Governance and Participation in the Global South

Journal Articles

  • Silvestre, G & Oliveira, NG (2012) The Revanchist Logic of Mega-Events: Community displacement in Rio de Janeiro’s West End. Visual Studies, 27(2), 204-210.
  • Silvestre, G (2009) The Social Impacts of Mega-Events: Towards a framework, Esporte e Sociedade - Revista Digital, 4(10).

Book Chapters

  • Silvestre, G (forthcoming) Rio de Janeiro. In A.M. Orum (ed.). The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Silvestre, G (forthcoming) Circulating Ideas and Policymaking: The mobilization of strategic planning from Barcelona to Rio de Janeiro. In O.P. Gonçalves (ed.). The International Diffusion of Public Policies. London: Routledge.
  • Silvestre, G (2017) Rio de Janeiro 2016. In J.R. Gold & M.M. Gold (eds.) Olympic Cities: City Agendas, Planning, and the World’s Games, 1896-2020. 3rd ed. London: Routledge, 400-423.
  • Horne, J & Silvestre, G (2017). Brazil, the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup. In A Bairner; J Kelly and JW Lee (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Sport and Politics. London: Routledge, 483-495.