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Daniel Castillo Hidalgo (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1984) is a postdoctoral scholar exploring the West African Maritime Economic History and other related topics in the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain). He is a postdoc researcher at IATEXT and the Department of History (acreditado como Profesor Contratado Doctor por la ANECA, PCD:2017-7321).


He obtained his Degree in History at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2007) and MA (2009), where he obtained his Ph.D. in Economic History in 2012. He has taught a number of BA courses on Global Economic History  and is assistant lecturer on African Economic History (MA) in the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. He has been visiting scholar in the Universities of Sud-Bretagne (Lorient), La Rochelle, Université Cheikh Anta Diop (Dakar), Poitiers and Nantes. He did other pre-doctoral research stays in Dakar, Aix-en-Provence, Lisbon and London.


His research agenda focuses on African port systems evolution since the 1850 decade up to present and the way how the transport infrastructures impacted on the regional economies and their economic structures. Hence, transport infrastructures, commodities, workers and institutions are key elements in his work.   

Featured publications


Castillo Hidalgo, D. and Valdaliso, J.M. (2017), “Path dependence and change in the Spanish port system in the long run: (1880-2014): An historical perspective”, The International Journal of Maritime History, vol.29 (3), pp-569-596, ISSN: 08438714 


Castillo Hidalgo, D. and Ducruet, C. (2018), "Northwest Africa from colonial to global shipping", in Ducruet, C. (ed.), Advances in Shipping Data Analysis and Modelling. Tracking and Mapping Maritime Flows in the Age of Big Data, Routledge Studies in Transport Analysis, Routledge, London-New York, 397-413.


Castillo Hidalgo, D. (2014), "The Port of Dakar: Technological Evolution, Management and Commercial Activity (1857-1929)" in Suárez Bosa, M. (ed.), Atlantic Ports and the First Globalisation, c.1857-1930, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingtoke, 90-111.


Castillo Hidalgo, D. and Marnot. B. (2014), "La première modernisation portuaire au Sénégal: le rôle fondateur du Dakar (1880-1939)" in Chaline et al. (eds.), Revue d´Histoire Maritime. Les amirautés en France et Outre-Mer du Moyen Âge au debut du XIXe siècle, 19, Presses Universitaires Paris-Sorbonne, Paris, 347-370.


Castillo Hidalgo, D. and Mohamed-Chérif, F.Z. (2017), "La configuración de las redes de transporte marítimo en África noroccidental (1880-1939)"Investigaciones de Historia Económica, 13, pp. 81-92, doi:10.1016/j.ihe.2016.02.001


Castillo Hidalgo, D. (2015), "Dakar: Puerto de Guerra y de Comercio durante la Primera Guerra Mundial, 1914-1918", Ayer, Revista de Historia Contemporánea, 98 (2), 131-157.