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.

My main research continues to be on Uruguayan and Latin American long-term economic development, currently on the impact of ‘free wombs’ legislation on rural slavery in the 19th century and on the environmental aspects of agrarian reform in the 20th century.

I am also 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).