Research Projects

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Current Projects (ongoing)

Empirical Studies on Structure and Evolution of Maritime Networks

(2018-2022)

Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science

Coord: Kenmei Tsubota & Hidekazu Itoh


Defensa y fortificaciones en las Islas del Atlántico Medio durante el largo siglo XVIII

(2021-2024)

Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación del Gobierno de España

Coord: Sergio Solbes & Juan M. Santana Pérez

Canarias Azul. Promoción y preservación del patrimonio litoral material e inmaterial (2020-2022)

Agencia Canaria de Investigación, Innovación y Sociedad del Conocimiento

Coord: Sergio Solbes Ferri

Retos de los Puertos Canarios: Desafíos Medioambientales y Conectividad

(2020-2022)

Agencia Canaria de Investigacíón, Innovación y Sociedad del Conocimiento

Coord: Lourdes Trujillo Castellano

Completed Projects

Convenio entre la Autoridad Portuaria de Las Palmas, la Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria y la empresa Astilleros Canarios S.A. para el desarrollo de la "Cátedra Marítimo-Portuaria" cuyo objetivo es el fomento y difusión de la investigación en actividades marítimas, puertos y transporte marítimo (2021-2023)

Lenght: three years (2021-2023)

Main researcher: Lourdes Trujillo Castellano

Role played by Dr. Castillo: Secretary

Funding Institutions: Autoridad Portuaria de Las Palmas, Astilleros Canarios S.A., Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria


Geografía, capacidad estatal y cambio económico. Una aproximación espacial al desarrollo y sus determinantes en las economías periféricas (2019-2021) (SPA)

Project ID: PGC2018-095821-B-100

Lenght: three years (2019-2021)

Main researcher: Alfonso Herranz Loncán y Julio Martínez Galárraga

Role played by Dr. Castillo: Team member (part-time)

Funding Institution: Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation

Budget: 66.550 euros


Canarias Importa (2020)

Asistencia técnica para el desarrollo del programa de recuperación social y económica en la Comunidad Autónoma de Canarias.

Project ID: Cs-11/20

Lenght: 6 months (June-December 2020)

Main researcher: Francisco Rubio Royo

Role played by Dr. Castillo: Team member

Funding Institutions: Consejo Social de la Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria y Gobierno de Canarias


Realización de un estudio histórico del modelo de financiación de las Islas Canarias, en el periodo comprendido entre los siglos XVI a XX (2018-2021) (SPA)

Project ID: R&D non-competitive contracts

Lenght: four years (2018-2021)

Main researcher: Sergio Solbes Ferri

Role played by Dr. Castillo: Researcher

Funding Institution: Gobierno de Canarias, Consejería de Hacienda

Budget: 27.600 euros


Islas del Atlántico Medio. Canarias, plataforma de generación y difusión de la atlanticidad (2017-2020)(SPA)

El proyecto "Islas del Atlántico Medio. Canarias plataforma de generación y difusión de la Atlanticidad" tiene como objetivo central la realización de un estudio comparativo sobre la historia de las islas del Atlántico Medio, desvelando las características comunes, con especial atención a Canarias y generando un espacio digital que permita la investigación a nivel internacional desde un Hub ubicado en Canarias. Este estudio comparado entre marcos insulares atlánticos conectados entre sí durante la edad Moderna se apoyará en el acceso a la documentación primaria de acceso digital. Estos territorios guardaban multitud de características comunes en vísperas de sus respectivas conquistas, punto de partida semejante que se fue modificando paulatinamente conforme avance el siglo XVI y sobre todo el XVII, lo que dará lugar a formas diferentes en la estructura política, social y económica.

Project ID: ProID2017010052

Lenght: three years (2017-2020)

Main researcher: Juan M. Santana Pérez

Role played by Dr. Castillo: Team member (part-time)

Funding Institution: Agencia Canaria de Investigación, Innovación y Sociedad de la Información.

Budget: 46.496,75 euros


Global South. Ports and Economic and Social Development (1850-2010) (2016-2018)

The seaports have been considered as a key element in the develoment of countries, but have not always fulfilled the role expected; several lines of thought believe that investments must be accompanied by efficient and inclusive institutions. The study of proposed cases can weigh the goodness of the policies implemented.

The theme of this project is therefore to analyze how ports have influenced the development of countries in the South Atlantic (Africa, America), since the mid 19th century to the early years of the 21st century, considering the port functions and how they changed over time. Maritime networks of regional and international dimension are articulated, linking the ports under study. These connections are part of the globalizing phenomena, and hence the title which has been adopted, agglutinating both geographical and conceptual connotations: the "Global South" has been characterized in geostrategic, economic and cultural terms.

The start of the project is placed on the years when the first port reform took place, linked to technological innovations in shipping and port construction. Its ending lies in early twenty-first century, with the changes fostered by new technologies in containerization and other techniques applied to navigation and port activities.

The project is structured around case studies, so that a set of significant ports, with influence over their hinterlands in specific regions of the Middle and South Atlantic, have been selected. In Morocco, Safi and Casablanca and their relationship with the regions of the Kourigba and Marrakech; in Senegal, the region linked to the port of Dakar; in Brazil, the ports of the States of Rio and Bahia; in Venezuela, the port of Maracaibo and the state of the same name; island ports (Canary Islands and Cape Verde) are also studied, as they are nodes of the lines that connect the two continents. Historically, these ports have been linked together by regional or international shipping lanes networks.

The interdisciplinary and relational nature of this project allows an overview of the studied port systems, as well as their influence on the development of their territories .

Project ID: HAR2015-64044-R

Lenght: three years (2016-2018)

Main researcher: Miguel Suárez Bosa

Role played by Dr. Castillo: Researcher

Funding Institution: Ministry of Economy and Competitivity (Spain)

Budget: 39,000 euros

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The Suez Canal Crisis of 1956-1957 and its Impact on the West African port system (2016-2017)

The evolution of the West African port system shows different periods of expansion and crisis which have been linked to the development of the external trade and the global conjuncture. This project supported and granted by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria seeks to broaden an empirical analysis of the consequences of the first Suez Crisis on the regional port expansion which preluded the shipping revolution after the second half of the nineteenth century. Hence, it was the critical event that pushed the technical change with further implications on a global scale.

Exploring historical archives with data on the West African ports, institutions, shipping lines, oral interviews and government statistics, this research project seek to develop a first approach for a long-term comparative perspective on these changes in several West African ports such as Dakar, Las Palmas and Casablanca.

Project ID: ULPGC2014-01

Lenght: two years (2016-2017)

Main researcher: Daniel Castillo Hidalgo

Research Team: Suárez Bosa, M.; Santana Pérez, J.M. and Santana Pérez G.

Funding Institution: University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)

Budget: 5.200 euros