My name is Dr Matt Broad and I’m a tenured Lecturer in the Institute for History, Leiden University.
At a broad level my research focuses on the history and politics of (Western) Europe. More specifically, my work encompasses European integration, Anglo-Nordic relations, and diplomacy and foreign policy, with interests spanning the interwar period up until the modern day.
My first book, based on my AHRC-funded PhD, was titled Harold Wilson, Denmark and the Making of Labour European Policy, 1958–72 and was published in 2017. This examined links between Britain, Denmark and the Nordic states, especially between the respective socialist parties, and how important this contact was in shaping the external European policies of the countries.
My current research – the beginnings of which took form with my Marie Curie grant – is an institutional history of the formation and evolution of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) from the 1950s to the 1990s which, remarkably in view of its importance in the process of post-war European integration, still awaits a thorough archival investigation. Early results from this research have already been published in my second book European Integration Beyond Brussels: Unity in East and West Europe Since 1945 (with Suvi Kansikas) and my third book Britain, the Division of Western Europe and the Creation of EFTA, 1955–1963 (with Richard T. Griffiths).
Before arriving in Leiden, I spent a few years as an EU-funded Horizon 2020 Marie Curie Fellow and then a Researcher in the Department of Philosophy, Political Science and Contemporary History, University of Turku, Finland, and was also previously a Lecturer in Modern History in the Department of History, University of Reading, and a Lecturer in European History at the University of Gloucestershire. I also enjoyed a short spell as a Jean Monnet Scholar at the European Studies Centre, University of Pittsburgh.