Institute of the Americas
Dr Emily Morris
Research Associate and Lecturer in Economic Development of Latin America and the Caribbean
Telephone: +44 (0)20 3108 9749
Internal extension: 59749
Location: Office 409, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN
Before starting her career as a Development Economist specialising in Latin America and the Caribbean, Emily Morris worked as an Investment Analyst, Receptionist, Housing Development Coordinator, School Teacher and Further Education Lecturer. After two years’ experience as a temporary Lecturer in Development Economics at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies and at the Institute for Development Studies at Sussex University in 1993-95, she worked for 13 years at the Economist Intelligence Unit in London, where she was Senior Editor/Economist, Latin America and Head of Country Reports. In 2008-12 she completed her PhD thesis at the Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA), while working as Senior Research Fellow in Caribbean and Latin American Studies at London Metropolitan University, then as a Fellow at ISA. In September 2012 she joined the lecturing team at the Institute of the Americas at University College London.
Emily Morris teaches ‘Latin American Economics: Beyond Neoliberalism’ and ‘The Transformation of Cuba’, and contributes to teaching the Economics and quantitative components on other courses, including ‘Researching the Americas’ and ‘Globalisation and Latin American Development’.
Emily Morris’s research focus is on recent economic history and contemporary debates on the political economy of development, in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her doctoral thesis was on Cuban economic policy and performance after 1990, and she continues to do academic research and write for academic and commercial publications, and undertake consultancy work, on current developments in Cuba. She is also doing research on sustainable development strategies – including energy and transport policies – in the region.
Books and book chapters
Forthcoming book: ‘Rethinking the Cuban Economy’. Oxford University Press
2007. 'How exceptional is the Cuban economy?' Chapter 3 in Laurence Whitehead and Bert Hoffman (eds) Debating Cuban exceptionalism, Palgrave Macmillan.
Articles and reports
Forthcoming: ‘Macroeconomic risks of Cuban economic adjustment’, Temas magazine, Havana
Ongoing: regular reports on Cuba for the Economist Intelligence Unit, Oxford Analytica and Latin American Newsletters.
2013. Report on research collaboration between UCL (Institute of the Americas, Development Planning Unit and Department of Civil, Environmental, Geomatic Engineering) and the Cuban Ministry of Transport on sustainable transport strategies for Havana.
2011. 'Alternative scenarios for Cuba: Chávez, oil, US sanctions', Latin America Regional Overview, 3rd quarter (September) 2011, Economist Intelligence Unit, London.
2011. 'Forecasting the Cuban economy: two years, five years and 20 years', City University New York.
2011. Review: Sweig, Julia E. (2009) Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know, Oxford University Press, in Bulletin of Latin American Research 30:3 (July 2011), pp. 392-394.
2011. Responding to Climate Change in the Caribbean. Conference report, June 2011.
2010. 'Cuba: Prospects and uncertainties' in After the storm. Post-crisis outlook and challenges for the Dominican Republic. Report for Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode), Dominican Republic. (Published February 2010)
2009. Cuba's Low Energy Economy Report for the Tedworth Trust.
2008. ‘Cuba’s new relationship with foreign capital: economic policymaking since 1990’, Journal of Latin American Studies, 40:1, pp. 769-791.
2002. Review: The Cuban Sugar Industry, by Lázaro Peña and Jorge Pérez-López, Journal of Latin American Studies, Vol. 34, No. 2, May, 2002, pp. pp. 436-438.
1995-2008. Economist Intelligence Unit Country Reports, Country Forecasts, Country Risk Reports and Country Profiles for Latin American economies.
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