Dr. Solano Jose Savio Da Silva

Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Development Studies, Political Science, Goa Land use planning



  • Land Dispossession for a Golf Course in Tiracol, Goa: (Co-PI with Prof. Alito Siqueira, Prof. Peter R. deSouza) funded by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi. initiated in October 2015
  • The Politics of India’s SEZs, Jan 2010 – Feb 2011: A research project funded by the Ford Foundation sought to understand the implementation of India's SEZ Policy across various states. I contributed to the study by researching the SEZ experience in the state of Goa.
  • External Expert in an ongoing research project called: The Language of the Becoming City initiated by the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm. The project reflects on urban transformations across four urban spaces: Södertälje, Sweden; Goa, India; Cape Town, South Africa and Rio, Brazil. As part of this project field visits and workshops have been concluded three of the sites: Södertälje, Sweden from May - June 2014; Goa, India in December 2015; Cape Town, South Africa from May to June 2016 and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from May - June 2017.
  • State of Democracy in South Asia (SDSA), May 2004 – Aug 2005: I worked as a Research Assistant at the Center for the Study of Developing Studies (CSDS) - Lokniti, Delhi where I was involved with the SDSA project which sought to map the experience of democracy in five South Asian countries - Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka - by using a Cross-national Survey, Case Studies, Qualitative Assessment of democratic institutions and Dialogues. I worked particularly on the Dialogues component which sought to recover experiences and perspectives of democracy from a range of democracy ‘activists’.
  • National Election Survey 2004, April – May 2004: Assisted in the capacity of State Supervisor (Goa chapter) of this nationwide post-poll survey known as the National Election Study 2004 (NES 2004) conducted by CSDS-Lokniti on the 14th Indian Parliamentary Elections.



  • (With Prof. Rayson Alex) Analysis of Stakeholders in Dr.Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary,Chorao, Goa, for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Aug 2014-Jan 2015.
  • Constitutional and other Legal Provisions that Enable Political Parties to Revoke the Parliamentary Mandate: A study of Twenty-Nine Countries from the Asia-Pacific Region, 2009: This study commissioned by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Geneva sought to compile a listing of the various legal provisions, in a set of 29 countries, through which political parties can control parliamentarians. A report of the study was submitted to IPU in June, 2009.
  • Lokniti website: When working at CSDS-Lokniti I also designed and managed the Lokniti website: which houses the CSDS Election Datasets a.k.a. the National Election Studies (NES).


Courses taught

  • Modern Political Concepts GS-F211: 2012-13
  • Development Studies HSS F232: 2018-19
  • Technical Report Writing HSS F112 (as Instructor): 2019-20 
  • Development Economics GS F234 (as Instructor): 2012-13

Previously taught or assisted

  • Introduction to the Humanities & Social Sciences:   Lecturer from June 2011 - Feb 2012:  to undergraduate students doing a B.A. (Philosophy) at Pradeepa: Pallottine Institute of Philosophy & Religion - a study centre of the National Open University (IGNOU).
  • Goa: Fertile Futures: Resource person and Critic at student’s final exams from 23rd – 31st May 2011: to students doing a Masters in Architecture at The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Globalisation & Development: Teaching Assistant to Asst. Prof. Alito Siqueira, Dept of Sociology, Goa University from July – Dec 2010:  Assisted in designing and delivering this course for students doing an M.A. (Sociology).