My training, research and university teaching have given me multidisciplinary expertise across the fields of economic history, political economy, Latin American studies, and human geography. My research interests include:
The ‘economic performativity’ of Latin American integration and ideas and institutions that have emerged to promote regionalism, past and present
The historical contexts in which economic ideas develop and are turned into policy
Cuban economic history
The political economy of socialist transition (debates) past and present
The Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, trade and cooperation treaty
I am currently leading (with Dr Nick Kitchen) on a project set up between two LSE research centres - the Latin America and Caribbean Centre and the United States Centre – to examine the resilience of Cuba’s economic and political structures to the domestic reform process and rapprochement with the United States. The project has been awarded seed funding from the Institute of Global Affairs (IGA)-Rockefeller fund at LSE to enable me to carry out research in Cuba from December 2016 to January 2017. In 2013 I spent time in Venezuela, advising a government ministry (Ministerio de Poder Popular para las Comunas y los Movimientos Sociales) on a new economic management system they were developing and gave a series of lectures and presentations about my work on Cuban & Latin American political economy.