Job title: Research Fellow


Dr Eva Silveirinha de Oliveira is a Research Fellow. She is based in the OPENspace research centre in the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA).  

Education and professional experience

Eva gained her MA at the Landscape Architecture of the Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Lisbon Technical University in 2004. She worked for the City Council of Leiria and NPK - Arq. Paisagistas Associados (Lisbon), before moving to the UK in 2006.

Her PhD in Landscape Architecture at ESALA was sponsored by the Portuguese Government’s Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia. It was published in the peer-reviewed Migrações and presented at conferences in Canada, Portugal, the USA and the UK.

Eva graduated in 2012 and took up her position at OPENspace shortly afterwards.


Professional development and knowledge exchange

Eva has served as the Graduate Student Representative on Edinburgh College of Art’s Research Board and, in 2014, played a key role in achieving ESALA’s Athena SWAN Charter Bronze Award.

She has been Vice President of the environmental organisation, Vertigem APP, and is a Member of the Portuguese Association of Landscape Architects (APAP) and the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA).

Together with OPENspace colleagues, Dr Katherine Brookfield and Dr Sara Tilley, she co-organised a Research Ethics Symposium for colleagues across ECA in March 2015, with Devolved Researcher Funding from the University of Edinburgh

Teaching and supervision

Eva is currently co-supervising PhD candidates, Matluba Khan (Impact of Outdoor Environment and Green Spaces on Children’s Learning, Health and Well-being in Primary Schools of Bangladesh), and Norhanis Diyana Nizarudin (Urban Mosque Open Space as Communal and Intercultural Spaces in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).

She is interested in the use of quantitative and qualitative methods in design, research and practice and has delivered seminars in quantitative methods to Masters in Landscape Architecture (MLA) and Conservation (MSc) students at ESALA.

Research interests and expertise

Eva has particular interest in the role of nature and greenspaces in health. She has worked on projects involving participants recovering from alcohol-related harm and, as Principal Investigator, women with postnatal depression. She is also interested in the perception and use of public open spaces by people from marginalised communities. Her doctoral research focused on immigrants.

Eva is the Study Manager of OPENspace’s current four-year assessment of the effectiveness of Forestry Commission Scotland’s programme to improve quality of life in deprived communities along Scotland’s central belt. The £1m project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

She has presented at a number of conferences, including EDRA46 in Los Angeles, and co-authored papers in BMJ OpenLiving Reviews in Landscape Research and Forest, Trees and Human Health (Springer, 2011).

Current PhD students