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Professor Colin Lewis

Colin Lewis

Honorary Professorial Fellow

UCL - Institute of the Americas

Colin Lewis has a long association with the Institute. Initially as a research assistant to R.A. Humphreys, Director of the then Institute for Latin American Studies, subsequently as a joint-appointment of the Institute and the London School of Economics & Political Science, and more recently as an Associate Fellow of the Institute for the Study of the Americas.

Colin is now an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Institute and his principal research interests are the political economy of development and the history of social policy. He has also written about British investment in Latin America, industrial growth and industrialisation, state formation and the business environment.

His recent publications in these fields include: Argentina: a Short History (London 2002), Exclusion and Engagement: Social Policy in Latin America (London, 2002), edited with Christopher Abel, and essays on ‘Transporte y Comunicaciones’, commissioned for Nueva Historia de la Nación Argentina (Buenos Aires 2003), ‘Mercados y estados’ and ‘Las economías de exportación’, published in the UNESCO Historia General de América Latina (Paris 2008) and 'Colonial industry' and 'modern manufacturing': opportunities for labour-intensive growth in Latin America' in Gareth Austin and Kaoru Sugihara (eds.) Labour-intensive industrialisation in global history (London 2013)  and , and with Peter Lloyd-Sherlock ‘Social Policy and Economic Development in South America: an historical approach to social insurance’ Economy and Society XXXVIII 1 (2009) 109-31.

Colin has visited Mexico, where he has lectured at CIDE, ColMex, FLACSO and ITAM, and most of the countries of South America. In the Americas, he has held visiting professorships at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Belo Horizonte), the Federal University of Pernambuco (Recife), the State University of São Paulo (Araraquara), the University of Buenos Aires, the University of São Paulo and the University of California (Irvine). He has also taught short courses on the history and development of Latin America at the Department of Economics and Institute of Iberian & Latin American Studies, University of Augsburg (Germany), the Department of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (India) and the Department of History, University of Osaka (Japan), and at the universities of Cantabria, La Rábida and Oviedo in Spain. He is currently completing an historical dictionary of the Argentine, and writing about British enterprises in that country.

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