About me

Joe

I am an independent scholar from Mid Wales. My research is on global (under)development, with a specific focus on Argentina as a case study.

I did a BSc in International Studies with the Open University while living in Trieste, a city on the Italy-Slovenia border, and on a farm in the French pre-Alps. After finishing my degree, I went to Argentina, supposedly to teach English for six months prior to starting a master’s degree in Amsterdam. I ended up staying in Argentina for two years.

I happened to be in Buenos Aires on 24th March 2006, the 30th anniversary of the coup d’état that marked the beginning of Argentina’s last – and bloodiest – military dictatorship. The massive protests on the anniversary inspired me to start studying Argentina’s history. And since then I have not stopped.

I received a scholarship from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to do a MSc and PhD at the London School of Economics, under the supervision of Colin Lewis. I wrote my MSc dissertation on the political economy of the 1976-83 military dictatorship, and had intended to deepen that analysis for my PhD. I started, however, to look further and further back in time – unbeknown to Colin, at one point I was reading quite intensely on the Incan empire. In the end, I wrote a dissertation on ‘The Terms of Trade and the Rise of Argentina in the Long Nineteenth Century’. It was submitted in December 2013, and passed without corrections by my two examiners, Ricardo Salvatore and Cristobal Kay, in June 2014.

Now I live back in Mid Wales with my wife, Karen, and my daughters, Lila and Clio. I am continuing my research independently, outside of academia, while working with my father on his hill farm. I consider myself a lucky man.

On this website you’ll find a blog in which I discuss the history of global (under)development, the numbers we use to measure it, and the theory we need to understand it. There are also various pages dedicated to my research on Argentina.