Hugo Pereira

Visiting Scholar


B.A. University of Porto, 2005
M.A. University of Porto, 2008
Ph.D. University of Porto, 2012

Hugo Silveira Pereira is a post-doctoral researcher at CIUHCT – Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal), the Institute of Railway Studies (University of York, United Kingdom), and the History Section (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). He concluded his PhD in 2012 with a dissertation about the Portuguese national railway policy in the second half of the 19th century. He also participated in a research project (2011-2015), coordinated by the University of Minho and the MIT, and funded by the Portuguese electrical company, Energias de Portugal (EDP), about a narrow gauge railway in Portugal (the Tua line). His current academic interests include the technopolitical and technodiplomatic intricacies of the railway sector in the former Portuguese colonies (Angola, Mozambique, Goa, and Macao) and heritage issues/new utilizations for abandoned railways. His most recent publications include an edited volume about new uses for old railways, a book about the inauguration of the Beira Alta railway in Portugal (in 1882), and papers about the emergence of technocratic elites in 19th-century-Portugal.