After spending a year of graduate studies at Universidad de Sevilla and Cornell University, Lino Camprubí enrolled in the UCLA History department in 2006. He obtained his PhD in History from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2011. His forthcoming book explores the links between science, technology and the transformation of the Spanish landscape in the first years of Franco’s dictatorship. There, he argues that scientists and engineers were active participants in shaping the Francoist political economy. He reaches this conclusion by examining the relationships between laboratories and the Spanish political economy and paying special attention to the circulation of material objects between laboratories and landscapes. In promoting this circulation, engineers exploited state resources. Both state and laboratory products were transformed in the process.
He joined TEUS through the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona in early 2012. As part of TEUS, he endeavors to place Spanish geological, geophysical and oceanographic research in a broad transnational Cold War context. In particular, he analyzes international collaboration in uranium prospection, the place of phosphates in the failed decolonization process at the Western Sahara, and oceanography in the Strain of Gibraltar.
He has presented this research first results at a number of conferences and invited talks in Manchester (Cold War, Blue Planet, 2012), Athens (ESHS, 2012), Lisbon (German Science in Southern Europe, 2012, and Shaping Landscapes, Building Expertise, 2013), Oviedo (Fundación Gustavo Bueno), and Barcelona (CEHIC).