I am Associate Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Oviedo (Spain). I started my career as a Ph.D. student of Economics at the University of Cantabria and soon moved to the University of Zaragoza, where I would stay for almost twenty years, to become an assistant professor (and later associate professor) of socio-economic history. I have held visting posts at the universities of the Italian Switzerland and Lund (Sweden).
My research is about food consumption in affluent societies, rural depopulation and development, the European Union's agricultural policy, and economic thought on consumer society. I have a particular interest in applying a long-term perspective to the study of current socioeconomic problems. I use the approach of historical political economy, in the tradition of (among others) Joseph Schumpeter, Thorstein Veblen, Fernand Braudel and Paul Bairoch.
My outreach activities include the direction of Todo comenzó ayer (Everything started yesterday), the bi-weekly podcast that I created for the Spanish Association of Economic History.
FOOD AND THE
Are we on the right track? What economist John Kenneth Galbraith called the "affluent society" has allowed us to escape from poverty and deprivation, but poses new challenges of its own. Can more be less? Trends in food consumption, an area in which we have moved from hunger to obesity, suggest so. This is the perspective from which my ongoing work reconstructs the history of the consumption of dairy products in Spain from the 1950s to the present.
Are affluent societies doomed to see their rural areas decline? What are the best policies in order to promote the development of rural communities? My research approaches these questions through a historical analysis of rural depopulation in Spain and other parts of Europe from the nineteenth century to the present. Among other things, my conclusions highlight the importance of the rural non-farm sector for the economic and demographic trajectory of rural areas.
EUROPEAN AGRICULTURAL POLICY
What is the balance of the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy more than half a century after its birth? My research questions both the liberal standpoint that sees the CAP as a source of major inefficiencies and costs, and the EU's discourse that the CAP illustrates the virtues of European-style coordinated capitalism. What we find instead is low-quality coordination, as well as a network of agri-politicians who are not primarily oriented towards general interests.