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 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 researcher in the R+D project led by professor Dr. Miguel Suárez Bosa: "Port management models and port communities in the Atlantic (XIXth-XXth centuries) (HAR2010-17048/HIST, €30K)". He has been postdoctoral fellow at the Department of History of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria from 2014 to 2018. He forms part of as Associated Researcher 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 (2016-17). 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). He is part-time team member of the project: Islas del Atlántico Medio. Canarias, plataforma de generación y difusión de la atlanticidad" granted by the Agencia Canaria de Investigación, Innovación y Sociedad de la Información (2017-2020). He obtained his accreditation as Profesor Contratado Doctor (Associated Lecturer) by the ANECA in October 2017.
His research agenda focuses on a deeper knowledge of the long-term comparative analysis of 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, maritime history, port economics and institutional economics. Recently, he began to investigate on revenue distribution and wealth among African workers during the colonial age.
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) (he is its Secretary since october 2016) and collaborates with the Commodities of Empire Research Project (UK-Open University) and the African Economic History Network (Wageningen University). He was the co-organizer of the V International Meeting of the Governance of the Atlantic Ports at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2017).
He is reviewer of a number of academic indexed journals and he also has been external advisor for the Chilean Research Agency (FONDECYT).