Daniel Castillo Hidalgo (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1984). I currently work as assistant lecturer at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain). I previously was interim associated lecturer at the University of A Coruña (Spain). I have obtained my Ph.D in Economic History from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2012), where he wrote a dissertation on the Evolution of the Dakar´s Port Community (1857-1957). This work is published as: Puerto de Dakar, puerta de África Occidental. Una Historia Económica de Senegal (1857-1957), Le Canarien Ediciones, 2016. After his Ph.D., he worked for two years as researcher in the project led by professor Dr. Miguel Suárez Bosa: "Port management models and port communities in the Atlantic (XIXth-XXth centuries) (HAR2010-17048/HIST, €30K)". I also have been postdoctoral fellow at the Department of History of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria from 2014 to 2018. I form part as Associated Researcher of the Research Institute of Text Analysis and Applications (IATEXT-ULPGC). I am member of the research grant "Empirical Studies on Structue and Evolution of Maritime Networks" funded by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (2018-2023) led by Kenmei Tsubota. I also formed part of the Research Team in the project: Global South: Ports and Economic Development (1850-2019) funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (2016-2018). I am part-time team member of the project: Islas del Atlántico Medio. Canarias, plataforma de generación y difusión de la atlanticidad" granted by the Agencia Canaria de Investigación, Innovación y Sociedad de la Información (2017-2020). In 2015 I was awarded a "Precompetitive Project Grant (5,200 euros) by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) to coordinate the project on the Suez Crisis (1956-1957) and its impact over the West African port system (2016-17).
I obtained my accreditation as Profesor Contratado Doctor (Associated Lecturer) by the ANECA in October 2017.
My research agenda focuses on a deeper knowledge of the long-term comparative analysis of African transport infrastructures (ports and railways) and how they favoured the expansion of the commercial growth but in the same way how they promoted the extension of economic inequalities in a global-scale perspective. My work is based on an evolutionary perspective of the historical processes (path-dependence) in which I aim to link the distinctive fields of economic and social history, imperial and colonial history, maritime history, port economics and institutional economics. Recently, I began to investigate on revenue distribution and wealth among African workers during the colonial age.
I form part of the Groupement d´Intéret Scientifique d´Histoire Maritime et Sciences de la Mer (France-CNRS), La Gobernanza de los Puertos Atlánticos (Spain-UNED) (I am its Secretary since october 2016) and collaborate with the Commodities of Empire Research Project (UK-Open University) and the African Economic History Network (Wageningen University). I was the co-organizer of the V International Meeting of the Governance of the Atlantic Ports at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2017).
I also have been external advisor for the Chilean Research Agency (FONDECYT).
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-2043-9198
Service to Academic Community
Organization of international conferences, seminars and workshops
Co-Organizer of the session "Seaports and Development during the Global Ages in the South Atlantic, 1880-2010s", XVIII World Economic History Congress, Boston, United States, July 30 2018.
Co-organizer of the 5th International Meeting of the Governance of the Atlantic Ports Network, Ports and Development, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 30 November - 2 December 2017.
Co-organizer of the 2nd and 3rd Scientific Seminar on Atlantic Studies, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 2012 and 2013.
Reviews for journals
Applied Geography, Applied Economic Letters, The Canadian Journal of African Studies, Planning Perspectives, América Latina en la Historia Económica, Cahiers François Viette, Tiempo y Economía, Almanack.