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Maria Silva is Full Professor at the Catholic University, Porto, Portugal. She a MSc degree in Management Science and Operational Research from Warwick University in the U.K and a PhD degree in Management Science from Aston University, UK, as well as the ‘aggregation’ degree by Portuguese Catholic University.
She has co-authored over 30 refereed academic publications in the efficiency and productivity analysis area, including applications of Data Envelopment Analysis, as well as co-authored various book chapters from international editors like Springer, Oxford University Press, Taylor and Francis.
She has applied the DEA technique in various fields including schools, universities, bank branches, water companies, retail outlets, primary health care General Practice units, hospitals and courts. Maria has also been the leading researcher of 3 projects financed by the Portuguese Foundation of Science and Technology, who resulted in the development of benchmarking websites for secondary schools and hospitals in Portugal.
Maria has been also involved in consultancy work and acts as Associate Editor of the Journal of Productivity Analysis and is a former associate editor of Omega. She has been involved in several administrative roles in her university like Management MSc director for 3 years, president of the scientific council for 2.5 years and associate dean for research for 1 year.