My name is Dr Matt Broad. A fellow of the Royal Historical Society, I’m a tenured lecturer in the Institute for History, Leiden University and an Associate Member of Nuffield College, University of Oxford.
At a broad level I work in the realm of political (economic) history with interests ranging from 1945 up until the modern day. More specifically, this encompasses British politics and foreign policy, Anglo-Nordic relations, Euroscepticism, the history of European integration and Western Europe, and the history/politics of trade negotiations and international institutions.
My first book, based on my AHRC-funded PhD, was Harold Wilson, Denmark and the Making of Labour European Policy, 1958–72, 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 those parties and countries.
My current research – the beginnings of which took form with my EU-funded Horizon 2020 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 (edited 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 was 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.