School of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Cat Silva

Research Focus

 - Urban and mobility design
 - Observational Research
 - Mixed-Methods-Innovation
 - Planning and design of bicycle infrastructure


Building Cycling Futures, Project Manager
Cycling Research Board Annual Meeting, Lead Organizer

General information

Current courses

Professional Activities

Since 04/2022: Lead Researcher
Chair of Bicycle Traffic, Bergische Universität Wuppertal

05/2020  - 09/2021: Coordinator of the mobil.LAB Doctoral Research Group
Chair of Urban Structure and Transport Planning, Technische Universität München

11/2015 - 12/2016: Assistant Planner
Development Services Department, City of Issaquah, USA

05/2015 - 08/2015: Campaign Manager
Seattle City Council, Position 9, USA

02/2015 - 05/2015: Associate Planner
Department of Landscape Architecture, Unifersity of Washington, USA

04/2014 - 02/2015: Graduate Student Assistant
Department of Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington, USA

07/2012- 09/2013: Graduate Transportation Planning Intern
Transportation Department, City of Bellevue, USA

04/2012 - 07/2012: Data Collection Consultant
Right Size Parking Project, King County Metro Transit, USA

02/2010 - 06/2011: Administrative Assistant
CollinsWoerman Architecture, Design and Planning, USA


2017 - 2023 (exp.): Engineering PhD Student
School of Engineering and Design, Technical University of Munich

2011 - 2015: Master of Urban Planning, Urban Design Specialization
College of Built Environments, Universität Washington, USA

2012  - 2015: Master of Public Administration
Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington, USA

2013  - 2014: Valle Scholar (Visiting student)
School of Architecture, Design and Planning, Aalborg University, DK

2006  - 2008: Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude
Dual Major: Danish; History  |  Minor: Scandinavian Area Studies
Department of Scandinavian Studies and Department of History. University of Washington, USA

2008: ScanDesign Fellow (Visiting Undergraduate Student)
Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, DK

Doctoral thesis

  • 2022 (forthcoming): Silva, C. Informing bicycle infrastructure design through Grounded Theory observation of behavior and interaction: A case study of two types of bicycle lanes in Munich, Germany. PhD Thesis. Munich, DE: Technical University of Munich. Supervisors:  Dr.-Ing. Rolf Moeckel, Technical University of Munich and Dr. Kelly Clifton, Portland State University

Master thesis

  • 2015: Silva, C. Bicyclists’ Stopping Behavior: An Observational Study of Bicyclists’ Patterns and Practices. Master’s Thesis. Seattle, WA: University of Washington. Supervisors:  Dr. Christopher Campbell and Dr. Ann Bostrom, University of Washington.

Bachelor thesis

  • 2008: Silva, C. Racial Restrictive Covenants: Enforcing Neighborhood Segregation in Seattle. Bachelors’ Thesis. Seattle, WA: Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project , University of Washington. Supervisor: Dr. James Gregory, University of Washington.
  • 2008: Silva, C. The Style and Themes of Simon Fruelund’s Literature: A Critical Analysis of “Borgerligt tusmørke”. Bachelors’ Thesis. Seattle, WA: Department of Scandinavian Studies, University of Washington. Supervisor: Dr. Jan Krogh Nielsen, University of Washington.

Peer-Reviewed Article

  • 2023: Arning, L., Silva, C., & Kaths, H. "Review of Current Practice and Research on E-Bikes in Transport Models." Transportation Research Record, 2677(12).
  • 2022: Silva, C., Moeckel R., Clifton K. “Comparative Observational Assessment of Bicyclists’ Interactions on Urban Streets with On-Street and Sidewalk-Level Bicycle Lanes.” Transportation Research Record, 2677(3), 836-848.
  • 2020: Silva, C., Moeckel R., Clifton K. “A Grounded Theory Approach to Understanding Bicyclists’ Interactions on Unprotected Facilities: A Proof of Concept from Munich, Germany.” Transportation Research Record, 2674(10): 94-104.
  • 2020: Llorca, C., Silva C., Kuehnel N., Moreno A., Zhang Q., Kii M., Moeckel R. “Integration of land use and transport to reach Sustainable Development Goals: Will radical scenarios actually get us there?” Sustainability 2020, 12(23): 9795.
  • 2019: Villeneuve, D., Durán-Rodas D., Ferri A., Kuttler T., Magelund J., Mögele M., Nitschke L., Servou E., and Silva C. “What is Interdisciplinarity in Practice? Critical Reflections on Doing Mobility Research in an Intended Interdisciplinary Doctoral Research Group.” Sustainability 2020, 12(1): 197.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers

  • 2018: Silva, C., Clifton K., and Moeckel R.. “Observational Method and Coding Framework for Analyzing the Functionality of Unprotected Bicycle Lanes.” Transportation Research Procedia, 41: 559–71.

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