UCL Institute of the Americas


Emily Morris

Dr Emily Morris




Associate Staff



Dr Morris is a Development Economist specialising in Latin America and the Caribbean. She worked as an investment analyst, receptionist, housing development coordinator, school teacher and further education lecturer before becoming a university lecturer in Development Economics. She has taught at London University's School of Oriental and African Studies, London Metropolitan University and London University’s Institute of Latin American Studies, as well as the UCL Institute of the Americas. She has also been Senior Editor/Economist, Latin America and Head of Country Reports at the Economist Intelligence Unit in London (1995-2008) and Country Economist for Belize at the Inter-American Development Bank (2014-17). Her most recent teaching includes 'Latin American Economics: Beyond Neoliberalism' and 'The Transformation of Cuba', and the Economics and quantitative components of 'Researching the Americas' and 'Globalisation and Latin American Development'. Since returning to UCL in 2017, she has been working to establish the UCL-Cuba Research Network.

Research interests

Dr Morris's research focus is on recent economic history and contemporary debates on the political economy of development, in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is currently working mainly on Cuba and the Caribbean. Her doctoral thesis (2012) was on Cuban economic policy and performance after 1990, and she continues to do academic research and write for academic and commercial publications. Current research is on sustainable development strategies – with a focus on energy and transport - in the region.


Peer reviewed publications

O. Banerjee, M. Cicowiez, Morris E.J., Moreda A. ‘Boosting tourism’s contribution to growth and development: Analysis of the evidence’. Review of Development Economics. 2018;00:1–25.

E. Morris, ‘How Will U.S.-Cuban Normalization Affect Economic Policy in Cuba?’ Chapter 9, pp115-127, in A New Chapter in US-Cuba Relations. Social, Political, and Economic Implications. Editors: Eric Hershberg, William M. LeoGrande. Palgrave Macmillan Studies of the Americas, London, 2016.

E. Morris, A. Ortegón-Sánchez and J. Warren, ‘Movilidad sostenible: alternative viable para las ciudades cubanas’, Temas, Havana, 83, pps 36-43, July-September 2015.

J. Warren, E. Morris, M. Enoch, I. Padilla Magdaleno, Z. Parra Arias, J. Guanche, ‘Developing an equitable & sustainable mobility strategy for Havana’, Cities, Vol 45, pp 133–141, June 2015.

E. Morris, ‘Unexpected Cuba’. New Left Review 88, pp. 5-45, July-August 2014.

E. Morris, 'Forecasting the Cuban economy: two years, five years and 20 years', in Handbook of Contemporary Cuba Volume I: Economy, Politics, Civil Society, and Globalization, M. A. Font and C. Riobó (eds.) Paradigm Press, Boulder, CO., Chapter 10, pp. 137-164, 2013.

E. Morris, ‘Cuba’s new relationship with foreign capital: economic policymaking since 1990’, Journal of Latin American Studies, 40:1, pp. 769-791, 2008.

E. Morris, 'How exceptional is the Cuban economy?' Chapter 3 in Laurence Whitehead and Bert Hoffman (eds) Debating Cuban exceptionalism, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Other publications include:

Ongoing: reports for the Economist Intelligence Unit, Oxford Analytica, Europa Yearbook and Latin American Newsletters.

E. Morris, A. Ortegon, J. Peña Díaz, J. Cazanave Macías, A. González González, N. Tyler, J. Warren. J. Dávila, La Universidad en acción: CUJAE–UCL, una alianza internacional para enfrentar los retos de una movilidad urbana más sostenible en La Habana’. Cubambiente congress, Havana, July 2019.

E. Morris, ‘Cuba: economy’ in South America, Central America and the Caribbean 2019 (and also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014). Editor, Jacqueline West. Europa Publications. Series: Regional surveys of the world. London. 2018.

E. Morris, Review: Richard Feinberg, Open for Business: Building the New Cuban Economy (Brookings Institution Press, 2016). New West India Guide, 92:3-4:312-313. December 2018.

E. Morris, ‘Cuba’s road ahead’, Foreign Affairs, January 2nd 2017.

E. Morris, ‘Fidel Castro’s economic legacy’, Canning Papers, LatinNews, Intelligence Research Ltd, London, May 2017.

T. Henken and E. Morris, ‘Point/Counterpoint: Cuba’s pause on the private sector’, Cuba Trade Magazine, August 2nd 2017.

E. Morris, ‘Cuba: Open for Business? Latin American Newsletters Special Report, February 2016.

E. Morris, Review: Cuban Economic and Social Development: Policy Reforms and Challenges in the 21st Century, edited by J. I. Domínguez, O.E. Pérez Villanueva, M. Espina Prieto & L. Barberia (Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2012), New West Indian Guide, Volume 89, Issue 1-2, pp. 135–137, 2015.

E. Morris, Review: Cuba en la era de Raúl Castro: reformas económico-sociales y sus efectos by C. Mesa Lago (Madrid: Editorial Colibrí, 2012), Journal of Latin American Studies 46, pp. 381-434, 2014.

Selected media appearances

  • Cuba at a crossroads. A BBC Sounds The Real Story podcast with Dr Emily Morris as a member of a panel to discuss Cuba's recent protests | July 16, 2021
  • Dr Emily Morris interviewed by the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF FM4 Radio on Cuba's anti-government demonstrations | July 14, 2021
  • Emily Morris joins Beverley O'Connor (Australian Broadcasting Corporation ABCNews The World) to discuss the ongoing situation of unrest in Cuba. Link to video here. | July 13, 2021
  • Emily Morris for TRTWorld Money Talks on recent demonstrations against Cuba's regime. Link to video here. | July 12, 2021
  • Emily Morris interviewed about COVID-19's impact on Cuban economy. Listen to BBC Radio 4 'The World Tonight' | June 12, 2020

More staff media appearances here.