Mojanda Mirador, Imbabura, Ecuador (January 2020) [photo: Emiliano Travieso]

I work on economy-environment interactions in modern Latin America and Africa. My PhD thesis (Cambridge, 2020) examined rural development in Uruguay over the long nineteenth century, focusing on how resource ratios and conditions of access to land shaped agricultural practices and environmental change. Once the results are published, my PhD’s datasets will be available in the Data section of this website.

My main primary research continues to focus on Uruguayan and Latin American long-term economic development. Work in progress includes a study of the impact of ‘free wombs’ legislation on rural slavery and emancipation in Uruguay in the mid-19th century and a comparative analysis on the environmental aspects of agrarian reform in Latin America in the mid-20th century.

I am also currently collaborating with Africanist colleagues on two co-authored projects: a comparative study of labour migrations in the context of Africa’s ‘cash-crop revolution’ (c.1890-1960), and a brief history of occupational structures in northern Nigeria (1921-2006).