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Semida Silveira

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Semida Silveira is Professor in Energy Systems Planning at KTH. Between 2007 and 2019, she led the Energy and Climate Studies (ECS) group at the Dept of Energy Technology with focus on energy and sustainable development. She has a professional degree as engineer architect from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and a PhD in Regional Planning from KTH, with focus on development and sustainability. Previously, Prof. Silveira worked as sustainability expert at the Swedish Energy Agency, and as energy and climate program manager at the Stockholm Environment Institute. Her most recent activities include bioenergy and climate change policy work, energy and development, energy efficiency in industries, urban sustainability, promotion of Swedish knowledge and technologies, and international business cooperation with corporate responsibility. Prof. Silveira won the Jaboti Literature Prize 2001 in Brazil in the category physical sciences, technology and informatics for her book "Electricity for Sustainable Development", published in Portuguese. She is also the author of dozens scientific articles, popular science articles and books including an anthology of the Swedish energy development, "Building sustainable energy systems – Swedish experiences", and the book "Bioenergy – realizing the potential". She has done research at MIT, IIASA, University of Tübingen and University of Stockholm, and advised in various committees and board of directors of Swedish companies. In the early 1990s, Silveira launched the first Master's program with sustainability focus at KTH (EESI - Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure) - this was also the first program in English aimed at global recruitment at KTH. The program is still running. More recently, together with the dept of industrial economy, Prof Silveira developed a new profile and courses for engineer students at KTH with focus on energy and climate policy design and implementation, as well as management from multiple stakeholder perspectives.  She has also been part of the launching of a new initiative at KTH focused on the circular economy. Prof Silveira has developed and managed projects in collaboration with academics, multilateral organizations, policy makers and the private sector in both industrialized and developing countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Prof. Silveira directs KTH cooperation with Brazil and coordinates cooperation with UN organisations such as UNCTAD and UNFCCC. She advises in committees at the Swedish Royal Academy of Science, Swedish Research Council, Finnish Academy of Sciences, the think tank FORES, among others.


Degree Project in Energy and Climate Studies, Second Cycle (MJ244X), teacher | Course web

Degree Project in Energy and Climate Studies, Second Cycle (MJ245X), course responsible | Course web