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Emiliano Travieso

Emiliano Travieso

PhD Candidate in Economic History

King's College
King's Parade

Cambridge CB2 1ST

Biography:

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 am now a Cambridge International Scholar at King's College and 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 rural capitalism (especially 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 a comparative analysis of the meat-exporting industries of New Zealand and Uruguay during the First Globalization, the Uruguay chapter 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

Teaching

I have taught Historical Argument and Practice (HAP) sessions at King's College on Economic History and on Empires.

Key Publications

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

Other Publications

‘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.