Affiliation: Leiden University, NL




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Cátia Antunes (1976) obtained her degree in History from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, after reading at the Centre of Urban History, University of Leicester (UK) and the History Department, Leiden University (The Netherlands). She obtained her PhD in November 2004, under the supervision of Prof. Richard. T Griffiths and Prof. Femme. S. Gaastra, with the dissertation Globalisation in the Early Modern Period: the economic relationship between Amsterdam and Lisbon, 1640-1705.

In 2003 she became Assistant Professor at the Economic and Social History section, Institute for History, Leiden University. In 2004 and 2005 she did post-doc research for the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia in Portugal. She spent the academic year of 2007-2008 at the History Department of Yale University, on a Fulbright Research grant as a guest of Ezra Stiles College, under Prof. Stuart B. Schwartz. As of March 2013, she has been appointed Associate Professor in Early Modern Economic History.

Catia’s interest for cross-cultural business networks during the Early Modern period has developed into a broader research profile about free agency and empire building in the Netherlands in comparative perspective with other Western European Empires. This research profile has been awarded a VIDI grant by the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO) in May 2012. This comparative approach will be further explored with a global intake on the way Western European and Ottoman maritime monopolies shaped free agency and informal empire building before the Age of Revolutions and has been awarded a Starting Grant ( Research Project Fighting Monopolies) by the European Research Council in July 2012.

From February 2014, Catia is expanding her research into a new interdisciplinary field of research. Together with maritime archeologists, specialists in dendrochronology, climatologists and environmentalists, a consortium of European scientists and private stakeholders will be looking into factors surrounding wood usage, exchange and depletion of forestry resources in Europe in historical perspective. Catia’s contribution to the overall project will be an assessment of the intra-European wood trade from an entrepreneurial point of view, with specific emphasis on the wood trade, trade networks, shipping, insurance and entrepreneurial risk management surrounding the wood business. Integrated within a Marie Curie-ITN scheme, the project ForSeaDiscovery enquires into the link between forestry, sea power and economic growth. ForSeaDiscovery consolidates historical research, underwater archeology, GIS and wood provenancing methods; improves the experience of trainees through training courses and skill workshops (communication, management); and develops transferable skills for future careers in academia and the private sector (integration of research tools, development of reference datasets and high-risk innovative research).