Visiting Scholar Juan Infante

The HGIS lab would like to welcome visiting scholar Juan Infante from the University of Pablo de Olavide, in Seville Spain. While visiting the HGIS laboratory Juan will develop HGIS methods of analysis useful for his ongoing agricultural history projects. In particular, he will be creating maps and geodatabases that can be mined for historical and geographic details of Spanish agricultural history.


Juan Infante holds a BA in Economics (University of Jaén) and a MA in Agroecology (International University of Andalusia). Currently he is a Lecturer on Contemporary History at University Pablo de Olavide (Seville), where he received his PhD in 2011 with a thesis about the environmental history of olive orchards in the South of Spain between the years of 1750 – 2000.

Juan Infante is member of the Agroecosystem History Laboratory, an interdisciplinary research group hosted in the University Pablo de Olavide and composed by economists, agronomists, ecologists and historians who try to study the past of agricultural systems from an environmental point of view trying to learn from the past how to design sustainable systems.

He has been also a visiting scholar at the Social Ecology Instutite, Austria (2010), the School of History of University of East Anglia, England (2011 and 2012), and the HGIS Lab of the University of Saskatchewan, Canada (2013).

His research interests are focused on agriculture, ecology and history, especially in the environmental history of olive orchards, the firewood production and the environmental changes of the Agri-food sector in the second half of the 20th Century. He has participated in a number of national and international conferences and has published the results of his research work in journals such as Environmental History (Erosion in the Mediterranean. The case of olive groves in the south of Spain (1752-2000), (2013), No. 18, pp. 360-382), Rural History (Ecology and history of the Mediterranean olive grove. The S-Spanish great expansion: 18th – 20th Centuries, (2012), No. 23-2, pp. 161-184), Human Ecology (The Socio-Ecological Transition on a Crop Scale: The Case of Olive Orchards in Southern Spain (1750–2000), (2013)), Journal of Cleaner Production (Sustainable De-growth in agriculture and food. An agro-ecological perspective on Spain`s agri-food sector (year 2000), (2013), No. 38, pp. 27-35), Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment (Quantifying the effect of historical soil management on soil erosion rates in olive orchards over the last 250 years, (2011) No. 142, pp. 341-351), Historia Agraria (“Cuántos siglos de aceituna”. Sobre el carácter de la expansión olivarera en el sur del España (1750-1900), (2012), No. 58, pp. 39-72) or Historia Social (¿Quién levantó los olivos? La expansión olivarera decimonónica como estrategia campesina (1750-1930), (2013), No. 76 (II), pp. 25-44).

He received the VII Spanish Society for Agricultural History Research Award (2011) and V Research Award “Felipe Ruiz Martín” by Spanish Association of Economic History, both for his paper “Cuántos siglos de aceituna”. Sobre el carácter de la expansión olivarera en el sur del España (1750-1900), Historia Agraria, 58, pp. 39-72.

He has also published a book entitled “Who raised the olive trees? History of olive specialization in southern Spain, 1750-2000”, based on his doctoral thesis.

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