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. He is a former editor of the Journal of African History and a former president of the European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH). He is 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, Economic History Review, 61: 3, pp. 587-624. Recent publications include (edited with Kaoru Sugihara), Labour-Intensive Industrialisation in Global History (Routledge, 2013) and a guest-edited special issue of the Economic History Review on The Renaissance of African Economic History (2014). He is currently finishing Markets, Slaves and States in West Africa (for Cambridge University Press) and an edited volume Economic Development and Environmental History in the Anthropocene: Perspectives on Asia and Africa (for Bloomsbury Academic).