Daniel Castillo Hidalgo (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1984) obtained his Ph.D in Economic History from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2012), where he wrote a dissertation on the Evolution of the Dakar´s Port Community (1857-1957). This work is just published as: Puerto de Dakar, puerta de África Occidental. Una Historia Económica de Senegal (1857-1957), Le Canarien Ediciones, 2016. After his Ph.D., he worked for two years as adjoint researcher in the R+D project led by his PhD director, professor Dr. Miguel Suárez Bosa: "Port management models and port communities in the Atlantic (XIXth-XXth centuries) (HAR2010-17048/HIST, €30K)". Since 2014, he works as postdoctoral scholar and assistant lecturer in the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Since April 2015 he forms part of the Research Institute of Text Analysis and Applications (IATEXT-ULPGC). In October 2015 he was awarded a "Precompetitive Project Grant (5,200 euros) by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) to coordinate the project on the Suez Crisis (1956-1957) and its impact over the West African port system. He also forms part of the Research Team in the project: Global South: Ports and Economic Development (1850-2019) funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (2016-2018).
His research agenda focuses on a deeper knowledge of the long-term comparative analysis of West African transport infrastructures (ports and railways) and how they favoured the expansion of the commercial growth but in the same way how they promoted the extension of economic inequalities in a global-scale perspective. His work is based on an evolutionary perspective of the historical processes (path-dependence) in which he aims to link the distinctive fields of economic and social history, imperial and colonial history, port economics and institutional economics.
Castillo forms part of the Groupement d´Intéret Scientifique d´Histoire Maritime et Sciences de la Mer (France-CNRS), La Gobernanza de los Puertos Atlánticos (Spain-UNED) (where he is nominated as Secretary since october 2016) and collaborates with the Commodities of Empire Research Project (UK-Open University) and the African Economic History Network (Wageningen University).