Emily Silverman is a member of the Geography Department in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Hebrew University. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics in Social Policy, an MA from Tel Aviv University in Public Policy, and a BA from Swarthmore College in Sociology. Dr. Silverman’s fields of expertise are housing policy and urban regeneration, social aspects of planning, and community development.
Dr. Silverman also founded the Urban Clinic in the Hebrew University, which is an "academic body that works to strengthen creative and socially aware urban leadership in Israel". She worked for five years as a senior research fellow at the Center for Urban and Regional Studies and as Director of the Community Planning Lab at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.
Emily headed the research team that devised the now-approved strategy for affordable housing in Tel Aviv (2009); and the “Round Table on Solutions for Affordable Housing for the Arab Community of Jaffa” with Palestinian-Israeli leadership and local and national officials (2010).
In the Glocal program, Dr. Silverman teaches the course in "Spatial Planning and Social Policy".