UCL Institute of the Americas


Dr. Emily Morris

Dr Emily Morris

Dr Emily Morris

Honorary Research Associate




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. She was a Research Fellow at the Institute of the Americas at University College London from 2012 to 2014, where she taught modules on 'Latin American Economics: Beyond Neoliberalism' and 'The Transformation of Cuba', and contributed to teaching the Economics and quantitative components on other courses, including 'Researching the Americas' and 'Globalisation and Latin American Development'. In September 2014 she moved to Washington to take up a post as Country Economist, Belize and Central America, at the Inter-American Development Bank. She remains an Honorary Research Associate at the UCL Institute of the Americas.

Research interests

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. She is currently working mainly on Central America and Cuba. 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. She is also doing research on sustainable development strategies - including energy and transport policies - in the region.


Books and book chapters

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.
  • 2015. 'How Will U.S.-Cuban Normalization Affect Economic Policy in Cuba?' (opens as pdf), Center for Latin American & Latino Studies at American University and Cuba Program at the Social Science Research Council, Implications of Normalization Forum
  • 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.