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Emiliano Travieso

Emiliano Travieso

PhD Candidate in Economic History

Cambridge International Scholar

King's College
King's Parade

Cambridge CB2 1ST


I was born and raised in Montevideo, Uruguay, where I learnt how to cook asado (communal, open-woodfire-grilled beef) and took an undergraduate and a masters degree in Economic History at Universidad de la República. I also spent time studying at the UN's Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago (Chile) before taking an MPhil (with Distinction) at Cambridge. I now hold a Cambridge International Scholarship at King's College and am a member of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure (CAMPOP).

I am an economic historian of Latin America, with a particular interest in the River Plate region since the late-colonial period. My work looks at the intersection of economic and environmental history, focusing on natural resources, energy, and agriculture. My doctoral research explores the economic strategies and spatial locations of livestock production in Uruguay before 1914, trying to reframe 'modernization' (since 1870) in the context of preceding history.

I am more broadly interested in global economic history, particularly in reciprocal comparisons across the South. Work in progress includes an economic geography of Uruguayan agriculture around 1900, the chapter on Uruguay in the Latin American Comparative History of Occupational Structure, and, together with Gareth Austin, a quantitative history of occupations in Northern Nigeria in the twentieth century in the context of the African Comparative History of Occupational Structures.

Research Interests

  • Global economic history
  • Economic geography and spatial analysis
  • Comparative history
  • Environmental and rural history
  • Natural resources, energy and agriculture


I have given lectures for Paper 10 (on "Global Dimensions of the British Industrial Revolution") and Paper 21 (on "Latin America in World History, 1830-1914"). I routinely supervise for Paper 27 (The History of Latin America), Paper 21 (Empires and World History), and Paper 23 (World History since 1914). I have also taught Historical Argument and Practice (HAP) sessions on topics of Economic History, Environmental History, and Global History.

Other Professional Activities

Member of The Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure

Associate Researcher at the National Agency for Research and Innovation (ANII), Uruguay

Member of the Uruguayan Economic History Association

Prize Research Student at the Joint Centre for History and Economics, Cambridge-Harvard, 2017-2018

Convener of the Cambridge Economic & Social History Graduate Seminar Series, 2017-2018


  • Economic, Social History
  • Imperial History

Key Publications

'United by grass, separated by coal: Uruguay and New Zealand during the First Globalization.' Journal of Global History, 15 (2) (forthcoming July 2020).

Other Publications

‘Railroads and Regional Economies in Uruguay, c. 1910.’ Revista Uruguaya de Historia Económica, 7 (12) (Dec. 2017): 30-57.

‘Energía, luces y sombras de la industria uruguaya, 1943-1954.’ Revista de Economía (Central Bank of Uruguay), 23, no. 1 (2016): 41-67.

‘Hacia un nuevo Estado desarrollista: desafíos para América Latina.’ Perfiles Latinoamericanos, 24, no. 47 (2016): 259-281, with Cristina Zurbriggen.

‘Economía política de la energía en clave regional. Una propuesta analítica y un estudio de caso histórico,’ in Zuleta, M.C.; Lopes, M.A. (eds.): Mercados en común. Estudios sobre conexiones, negocios y diplomacia en las Américas (siglos XIX y XX) (México: El Colegio de México, 2016), pp. 543-581, with Reto Bertoni.