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Dr Pedro Ramos Pinto

Dr Pedro Ramos Pinto

Lecturer in International Economic History

Fellow of Trinity Hall

Trinity Hall
Cambridge CB2 1TJ
Office Phone: 01223 746619


Dr Ramos Pinto joined the Faculty of History in 2013, after five years at the University of Manchester, where he was Simon Research Fellow in History (2008-2010) and Lecturer in International History (2011-2013). He read history at Cambridge, where he also took his M.Phil (Economic and Social History) and PhD.

Research Interests

Dr Ramos Pinto's current research explores the creation, evolution and implications of authoritarian welfare regimes in Southern Europe and Latin America. This has evolved from earlier work which explored the interaction between the Portuguese Dictatorship and its citizens to explain the emergence of social movements of the urban poor during the Carnation Revolution (1974-1976), a theme which is explored in his book Lisbon Rising (2013).

Alongside this, he is also interested in understanding how contemporary inequalities are shaped by the past, bringing a more long-term view to explain how and why societies distribute resources, opportunities and capabilities. As part of this, he directs an international research network on the topic of Inequality, Social Science and History, funded by the AHRC. In addition, he continues to have an interest on the study of social movements and protest, both in historical and in contemporary perspective.

Key Publications

  • Lisbon Rising: Urban Social Movements in the Portuguese Revolution, 1974-1975, Manchester University Pres, 2013
  • ‘Everyday Citizenship under Authoritarianism: the cases of Spain and Portugal’, in Francesco Cavatorta (ed.) Civil Society Activism under Authoritarian Rule: A Comparative Perspective. Routledge/ECPR Series in European Political Science, 2012.
  • ‘Housing and Citizenship: building social rights in 20th Century Portugal’, Contemporary European History, 18 (2), 199-215, 2009.
  • ‘Urban Social Movements and the Transition to Democracy in Portugal, 1974-1976’ The Historical Journal, 51 (4), 1025-1046, 2008.
  • ‘Social Capital as a capacity for Collective Action’, in Assessing social capital: concept, policy, practice. Edited by Rosalind Edwards, Jane Franklin and Janet Holland. Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007.

Other Publications

  • How does Inequality Matter?’ in Rémi Genevey, Rajendra K. Pachauri, Laurence Tubiana (eds.)Reducing Inequalities: A Sustainable Development Challenge, TERI Press, New Delhi, 2013.
  • With Mónica Brito Vieira, ‘The New Politics of Welfare Reform’; co-authored introduction, ‘Understanding the New Politics of Welfare Reform’ Political Studies, 61 (3), 474-479, 2013
  • Review of Gerd-Rainer Horn’s ‘The Spirit of ’68: Rebellion in Western Europe and North America, 1956-1976’, The Historical Journal 51 (1), 2008.
  • Interview: ‘Os trilhos da ciência política portuguesa: uma conversa com David Goldey.’ Análise Social XLVI, no. 200 (2011)
  • With Ichiro Kawachi, Adam Coutts and Ben Cave, Social capital indicators in the UK, report commissioned and published by the Commission for Racial Equality, 2007.

Programme Logo

History of Wealth Project

This project, co-funded by the Philomathia Foundation and the Isaac Newton Trust, investigates the broader significance of wealth an inheritance in 19th and early-20th century Britain.

This programme was launched by POLIS in October 2013, and aims to train future policy-makers to value and promote evidence-based policies that can most benefit society.