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Position(s) at the Institute
Head, International History Department
PhD, University of Birmingham
Gareth Austin joined the faculty in 2010 from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to his position at the London School of Economics, he lectured at the University of Ghana. His research and teaching interests are in African, comparative and global economic history. His primary research has focused on West Africa, especially Ghana and the pre-colonial kingdom of Asante. A former editor of the Journal of African History, he is currently president of the European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH). He is also on the advisory boards of the Journal of Global History, the new journal Economic History of Developing Regions, and the Brill book series in Global Economic History. His publications include Labour, Land and Capital in Ghana: From Slavery to Free Labour in Asante, 1807-1956 (University of Rochester Press, 2005: paperback 2008); Resources, techniques and strategies south of the Sahara: revising the factor endowments perspective on African economic development, 1500-2000, E conomic History Review, 61: 3, pp. 587-624. Forthcoming publications include a volume edited with Kaoru Sugihara, Labour-Intensive Industrialisation in Global History (Routledge), and Markets, Slaves and States in West Africa (Cambridge).
Areas of expertise
Labour, Land and Capital in Ghana: From Slavery to Free Labour in Asante, 1807-1956 (University of Rochester Press: Rochester, NY, USA; Boydell & Brewer, UK, 2005; paperback 2008).
- ‘Reciprocal comparison and African history: tackling conceptual euro-centrism in the study of Africa’s economic past’. African Studies Review 50:3 (2007), pp. 1-28. (Translated into Italian: ‘Oltre l’eurocentrismo. La storia economica dell’Africa e l’approccio comparato’, Passato e presente numero 73, anno XXVI, pp. 65-90).
- ‘Resources, techniques and strategies south of the Sahara: revising the factor endowments perspective on African economic development, 1500-2000’, Economic History Review 61:3 (2008), pp. 587-624.
- ‘The “reversal of fortune” thesis and the compression of history: perspectives from African and comparative economic history’, Journal of International Development 20:8 (2008), pp. 996-1027.
- ‘Cash crops and freedom: export agriculture and the decline of slavery in colonial West Africa’, International Review of Social History 54:1 (2009), pp. 1-37.
- ‘African economic development and colonial legacies’, International Development Policy Series 1 (2010), pp. 11-32 OR ‘Développement économique et legs coloniaux en Afrique’, Revue internationale de politique de développement, 1, pp. 11-36.
- ‘The developmental state and labour-intensive industrialization: “late development re-considered”, Economic History of the Developing Regions, 25: 1 (2010), pp. 51-74.