Gareth Meredith Austin#

Gareth Meredith Austin
Membership Number:3196
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:SWITZERLAND

Present and Previous Positions
  • 2016, Jan - Professor of Economic History, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
  • 2010, Sept - 2016, Aug Professor of International History, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva (Head of Department, 2011-).
  • 1988 - 2010 Successively Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Reader in Economic History, London School of Economics
  • 1986 - 1988 ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) Post-doctoral Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies,
  • University of London
  • 1982 - 1985 Lecturer in the Economic and Social History of West Africa, University of Ghana
  • 1981- 1982 Temporary Lecturer in the Economic and Social History of West Africa, University of Birmingham

Fields of Scholarship
  • Economic history of Sub-Saharan Africa, especially West Africa from c.1500-present, including contemporary development issues in historical perspective
  • Global economic and social history, especially economic culture, economic development, empires, slavery
  • Economic and social history of southern Ghana, especially the former Asante kingdom, 19th & 20th centuries
  • Comparative economic history of Africa, Asia and Latin America

Honours and Awards
  • 2008 Sir Timothy Coghlan Prize, awarded by the Australian and New Zealand Economic History Society, for best article published in Australian Economic History Review in 2007
  • 2003 Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

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