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Dr Gourvish has been awarded an ISA Senior Fellowship at the University of Bologna. He will work with Professor Francesca Fauri, Jean Monnet Chair in European economic history. The fellowship runs from 22 April to 22 June 2014.



Professor Julio Tascón-Fernández from University of Oviedo is a Unit visitor from May 2013. As Franklin Institute-University of Alcalá Researcher and Collaborator (PR) he is working on competitive business in both sides of the Atlantic Ocean: US and Spain, 1953-2013, its main project. He is very keen on US FDI broadly scattered all over the Southern European countries, especially concerning PIGS, and on the role played by State institutions in supporting abroad best profitability for affiliates having a US parent company.  He is currently carrying out research for a database about firms in southern Europe.


Professor José Ortiz-Villajos from Complutense University is a Unit visitor. He is working on the determinants of entrepreneurship in historical perspective, with particular reference to Spain and the UK. The project involves the construction of a database of entrepreneurs, isolating indicators of success, and variables imputed to contribute to success.

Professor Shigehiro Nishimura form Kansai University is a visitor in the Unit. He will be with us until September 2012. Shigehiro is researching the evolution of corporate patent management in Japan, Europe and the United States. He has contributed a paper to the Economic History Department’s Working Paper series: 

  • Nº 168: The rise of the patent department: A case study of Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company