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School of Politics and International Relations

Mr Matthew Lloyd, Political Science BA (University of Birmingham); International Political Economy MA (Kings College London)

Matthew

Teaching Associate & PhD Researcher

Email: m.j.lloyd@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: 07961 715963
Twitter: @MattJLloyd
Office Hours: Wednesdays 12pm - 1pm

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Currently, Matthew is completing his PhD in Political Science at Queen Mary University of London supervised by Professor Patrick Diamond and Professor Ray Kiely. The thesis focuses on the UK Labour Party’s political economy and whether it is possible for a Labour government to implement a more leftwing political economy. His thesis draws on his list of political contacts in order to secure elite interviews with key economic advisors and politicians from the New Labour, Miliband, Corbyn and Starmer economic projects. Matthew’s research combines historical and discursive new institutionalism in order to examine institutional change and what this means for bringing about economic change in Britain.

Matthew is also working on a paper called, ‘Labour Wars: Labour’s economic policy making in opposition and the role of Labour’s forgotten internal institutional structures’. Matthew uses his new historical and discursive institutionalism hybrid theory to examine institutional change in the UK Labour Party and draws on his data from elite interviews with key economic advisors and politicians from New Labour, Miliband, Corbyn and Starmer’s economic projects  in order to examine why the Labour Party shifts perceptively to the left after leaving office. 

Matthew is co-authoring a working paper with Professor Patrick Diamond, ‘The emergence of Starmer’s “everyday” political economy - the heir to Blair? Economic Structural Constraints - historical perceptions or everyday realities for the labour party’s political economy?’. This paper uses Matthew’s new historical and discursive institutionalism hybrid theory and draws on his data from elite interviews with key economic advisors and politicians from New Labour, Miliband, Corbyn and Starmer’s economic projects in order to examine the ‘fundamental economic constraints’ in comparison with the Labour Party actors’ interpretation of these constraints. This paper seeks to answer whether the economic constraints on Labour’s economic policy-making are ‘fundamental’ or imagined.

Matthew is working on a paper with Dr Isabelle Hertner on the influence of LGBTQ+ groups within UK political parties. This paper uses elite interviews with key actors in LGBTQ+ groups in UK political parties obtained through Matthew’s political connections within the LGBTQ+ movement and his role on LGBT+ Labour National Executive. Matthew and Isabelle will seek to measure policy change in political parties and what role LGBTQ+ groups played in securing this policy change.

Matthew completed his undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Birmingham completing his dissertation focusing on the UK Labour Party’s 2015 electoral defeat, supervised by Professor Colin Thain. He then went on to study a Masters at King’s College London in International Political Economy completing his dissertation on the UK Labour Party’s economic policy 2007-2017, supervised by Dr Isabelle Hertner.

Formerly, Matthew was a political strategist and campaign manager consultant. He worked for a number of Labour Party Parliamentarians including Jess Phillips MP, Baroness Gisela Stuart MP, Jack Dromey MP and Lord Rodger Liddle as well as the UK Labour Party. He has managed countless elections for the Labour Party and other campaign organisations across the UK in Lambeth, Midlands and Wales. Matthew was also a research associate for ‘Policy Network’ and ‘Progress’ thinktanks. Matthew was mentored and worked with a number of the top UK political strategists such as Matthew Doyle, Morgan McSweeney, Richard Angell and Caroline Badley.

Teaching

Current Teaching:  POL113 Politics in Action, POL243 British Politics and POL249 Foreign Policy Analysis

Guest Lectures:

Lloyd, M., ‘The Role of the Market - a Force for Queer Liberation? Tracing the relationship between the role of the state and the role of the market in queer liberation in the UK‘ Guest Lecture, October 2022, on a third year undergraduate module, hosted by Royal Holloway University and convened by Professor Jeff Frank.

Lloyd, M., ‘The Role of Agency in Changing Structures: How can agents change structural constraints?’, Guest Lecture, March 2022, on Political Analysis first year undergraduate module, hosted by Queen Mary University London, School of Politics and International Relations.

Lloyd, M., ‘Structure & Agency in liberal market democracies: Why the the Labour Party / leftwing parties lose elections in liberal market democracies’, Guest Lecture, February 2022, on Political Analysis first year undergraduate module, hosted by Queen Mary University London, School of Politics and International Relations.

Lloyd, M., ‘Queer Domestic Violence and the Policy Response’, Guest Lecture, March 2020, on Sexual orientation, gender issues and gender third year undergraduate module, hosted by Royal Holloway University and convened by Professor Jeff Frank.

Previous Teaching Experience:

POL105 Political Analysis

Research

Research Interests:

Broad research interest areas: Comparative Politics, British Politics, American Politics, Political Analysis, Political Economy, Political Parties and Queer Theory

Current Thesis Research: New institutionalism, Labour Party’s Political Economy, Thatcherism, Structure & Agency Theory, Varieties of Capitalism the Alternative Economic Strategy, New Labour’s Political Economy and the Political Economy of Corbynomics.

Working Papers Research: The UK Labour Party in Opposition, Starmer’s Economic Strategy, Miliband’s Economic Strategy, Structure & Agency, New Institutionalism Theory, Structure & Agency Theory, Queer Theory and LGBTQ+ Politics in British Political Parties

Past areas of research: Brexit, the UK and the European Union relationship, post-war Britain, 2008 Financial Crisis, Austerity under the UK Coalition Government, Theories of Power and Discourse Analysis.

Examples of research funding:

Funded Graduate Teaching Associate Studentship position used to support my thesis research and support professional teaching development. 

Publications

Working Papers / Under Preparation

Co-authored with Professor Patrick Diamond (QMUL) ‘The emergence of Starmer’s “everyday” political economy - the heir to Blair? Economic Structural Constraints - historical perceptions or everyday realities for the labour party’s political economy?’ with the aim of submitting to be published as a journal article in 2023.

Matthew Lloyd is working on a paper titled, ‘Labour Wars: Labour’s economic policy making in opposition and the role of Labour’s forgotten internal institutional structures’, which he hopes to be published as a journal article in 2023.

Co-authored with Dr Isabelle Hertner (KCL) on a journal article examining the influence of women and queer pressure groups in the UK Labour Party and the German Social Democratic Patry with the aim of submitting to be published as a journal article in 2023.

Conducting thesis research on the Labour Party’s political economy and if it is possible for a Labour government to implement a leftwing economic policy in the UK, which he hopes to publish as a set of journal articles and a book.

Presented conference papers

Lloyd, M. (2022) ‘Labour Wars: Labour’s economic policy making in opposition and the role of Labour’s forgotten internal institutional structures’ at the Opposition Studies Conference at King’s College London.

Diamond, P. & Lloyd, M. (2022) ‘The emergence of Starmer’s “everyday” political economy - the heir to Blair? Economic Structural Constraints - historical perceptions or everyday realities for the labour party’s political economy?’ at the UK in a Changing Europe Conference at The University of Manchester.

Diamond, P. & Lloyd, M. (2022) ‘The emergence of Starmer’s “everyday” political economy - the heir to Blair? Economic Structural Constraints - historical perceptions or everyday realities for the labour party’s political economy?’ at the Political Science Association 2021 Conference at University of York.

Crines, A. & Lloyd, M. (2021) ‘Theresa May and the Rhetoric of Global Britain: A Paper Commemorating Dr Judi Atkins’ ‘The UK and the World’ conference at Anglo American University.

Lloyd, M. (2018) ‘Why has there been a shift n the UK Labour Party’s economic policy since 2007?’ at ‘Future of the Left’ conference, University of Birmingham.

Papers Presented to University Departments:

Presented at the Faculty of Arts & Humanities staff research seminar at Coventry University: The emergence of Starmer’s ‘everyday’ political economy - the heir to Blair? Economic Structural Constraints - historical perceptions or everyday realities for labour party political economy? Co-authored by Patrick Diamond (QMUL)

Public Engagement

The Mile End Institute Guest Writer

Invited Academic Speaking Events

Panel speaker and convener of ‘'Less Tweeting. More Talking' How can LGBT+ Labour influence the Labour Party? This House Believes That LGBT+ groups hold more influence working within political parties rather than against them’, October 2022, with Ian Thomas (Rainbow Rose), Sarah Kerton (University College Birmingham) and Katy Hanson (LGBT+ Labour) jointly hosted by The Political Science Thought Bubble & LGBT+ Labour.

Chair and co-convener with Dr Peter Kerr (University of Birmingham) of ‘The Future of the UK Conservative Party Panel panel, September 2022, hosted by the University of Birmingham and Queen Mary University of London, with Dr David Jeffery (University of Liverpool), Dr Neema Begum (University of Nottingham), Dr Stuart McAnulla (University of Leeds) and Dr Peter Kerr (University of Birmingham)

Discussant at the ‘Progressive Britain Thinktank Oxford Conference: Future of the Centre Left’, July 2022, hosted by Oxford University. I was one of two doctorate research students invited alongside other senior academics, politicians and journalists from both the UK and across Europe.

Co-chair and convener of ‘Updating hegemonic femininity in British broadsheet newspapers: The appropriation of trans-exclusionary “feminism”’, June 2022, in conversation with Camila Montinel McCann (University of Liverpool), jointly hosted by The Political Science Thought Bubble & LGBT+ Labour.

Co-chair and convener of ‘LGBTQ+ Health in the Medical Curriculum: A Call for Change’ June 2022, in conversation with the LGBTQ+ Inclusive Medical Alliance (LIMA), jointly hosted by The Political Science Thought Bubble & LGBT+ Labour.

Co-chair and convener of ‘To what extent and in what ways is marriage an economic institution as well as a sexual one?’ May 2022, roundtable discussion in conversation with Dr Nicola Smith (University of Birmingham) about their recent book Capitalism’s Sexual History, jointly hosted by The Political Science Thought Bubble & LGBT+ Labour.

Chair of ‘Conservatism’ panel, April 2022, PSA 2022 Conservative Studies Specialist Group at PSA 2022 Conference hosted by the University of York, with Mr Lenon Maschette (University of São Paulo), Dr. Andrew Roe-Crines (University of Liverpool), Dr. Ben Wellings (Monash University), Dr. Matteo Bonitti (Monash University),  Dr. Maria Rost Rublee (Monash), Dr. Steven Zech (Monash University) and Dr. Kostas Maronitis (Leeds Trinity University).

Chair and convener of ‘Participating in and Defending British Democracy’, November 2021, seminar with Rt Hon. Baroness Gisela Stuart as guest speaker speaking about their upcoming pamphlet on democracy, hosted by Queen Mary University London, School of Politics and International Relations with guest discussant Dr Richard Johnson.

Chair and convener of ‘The Lessons of New Labour’, October 2021, panel with Lord Andrew Adonis as guest speaker with Professor Jeff Frank sponsored by Royal Holloway University of London, Economics department with guest discussant Dr Richard Johnson.

Discussant at the ‘Wilton Park Dialogue Roundtable: Germany and the UK - Facing The Future’, October 2021, roundtable. I was one of two doctorate research students invited alongside 33 other senior academics, politicians and business leaders from both the UK and Germany.

Discussant at the book launch of Crines, A. (2021) ‘Corbynism in Perspective: The Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn - Building Progressive Alternatives’, London, Agenda Publishing, September 2021, hosted by University of Liverpool, Politics Department.

Chair of ‘Approaches to Power and Leadership’ panel, July 2021, The Thatcher Network Annual Conference, hosted by Newcastle University and the Political Science Association History & Politics Group. 

Discussant on ‘Bringing About Political Change’, May 2020, panel hosted by University of Birmingham and chaired by Dr Julian Paenke. 

RESEARCH IMPACT

I write for several thinktanks drawing on my research. I have also had initial discussions with thinktanks such as Progressive Britain about how my research on my thesis can be used to contribute to their work with the Labour Party. I hope to produce several thinktank pamphlets or a report from my thesis, which will form recommendations for the Labour Party and the Conservative Party on economic policy. I am also in discussions with Progressive Britain about several blog post articles that will be spun off from my thesis. I have also interviewed a number of senior Labour Party politicians and economic advisors from the New Labour, Miliband, Corbyn and Starmer period. A number of them have agreed to speak at outreach/impact events as well as academic conferences and workshops. After my thesis completion, I will individually brief many of the interviewees who include key economic actors in their fields, senior Labour MPs and current economic advisors to the Labour Party. I have also been working with LGBT+ Labour and cross party LGBTQ+ groups in British political parties to present and draw on my research on queer theory. 

Panel speaker on ‘Banning Conversion Therapy’ September 2022, panel at Labour Party Conference jointly hosted by LGBT+ Labour and Stonewall. 

Panel speaker on ‘Out of the EU but firmly in Europe: Fighting For Equality At Home And Abroad’ September 2022, panel at Labour Party Conference jointly hosted by LGBT+ Labour and Rainbow Rose. 

Co-chair and convener of ‘Queer Domestic Violence: How do we identify it? How do we stop it?’, June 2022, panel with Thomas Labrune (Galop charity), Savannah Stanislaus (Oxford University LGBTQ+ Association), Alice McKimm (Cambridge University) and Dr Alexander Maine (University of Leicester), jointly hosted by The Political Science Thought Bubble & LGBT+ Labour.

Co-chair and convener of ‘Co-operative spaces run by and for members of the LGBTQ+ Community. What role do these spaces play? How can we expand these spaces?’, June 2022, in discussion with the Chair of the Scottish Co-Operative Party Ben Procter, jointly hosted by The Political Science Thought Bubble & LGBT+ Labour.

Co-chair and convener of ‘LGBTQ+ Rights in British Politics - History & Future’, February 2022, panel hosted by University of Birmingham, School of Government Student Experience. The event was co-chaired by Associate Professor Charlotte Galpin. 

Panel speaker on ‘LGBTQ+ History & Future’ February 2022 hosted by Wadham College, University of Oxford. I was one of four speakers including Angela Eagle MP, Anneliese Dodds MP & Chair of the Labour Party and Savannah Stanislaus LGBTQ+ Oxford Association Committee. 

Published Thinktank Blog Articles

Matthew also writes regularly for ‘The Mile End Institute’, ‘UK in a Changing Europe’ thinktank and ‘Progressive Britain’ Labour Party thinktank.

‘What London’s local council results revealed about the state of British Politics’ UK in a Changing Europe Thinktank https://ukandeu.ac.uk/what-londons-local-council-results-revealed-about-the-state-of-british-politics/

‘International Political Economy: Russian aggression triggers the return of the political’ UK in a Changing Europe Thinktank https://ukandeu.ac.uk/international-political-economy-russian-aggression-triggers-the-return-of-the-political/

‘Labour and Wars’ Mile End Institute Thinktank

https://www.qmul.ac.uk/mei/news-and-opinion/items/labour-wars.html

‘Inflating Labour’ Progressive Britain Thinktank

https://www.progressivebritain.org/inflating-labour-blog/

‘The structural challenges facing Starmer and Labour’ UK in a Changing Europe Thinktank

https://ukandeu.ac.uk/the-structural-challenges-facing-starmer-and-labour/

‘A lesson to the left on both sides of the Atlantic. Economic credibility is essential to winning and retaining power’ Mile End Institute Thinktank

https://www.qmul.ac.uk/mei/news-and-opinion/items/a-lesson-to-the-left-on-both-sides-of-the-atlantic-economic-credibility-is-essential-to-winning-and-retaining-power--matthew-lloyd.html

Contemporary Politics Blog Articles

Matthew is the editor of ‘The Political Science Thought Bubble’ blog https://politicsbubble.co.uk/

‘COVID-19 Pandemic: A defence of social science, the science you did not know we needed’: https://politicsbubble.co.uk/2020/04/28/covid-19-pandemic-a-defence-of-social-science-the-science-you-did-not-know-we-needed/

‘How did Britain institutionalise its last minute lockdown?’

https://politicsbubble.co.uk/2020/06/08/how-did-britain-institutionalise-its-last-minute-lockdown/

‘The second wave is here, but what is the government’s message?’

https://politicsbubble.co.uk/2020/10/07/the-second-wave-is-here-but-what-is-the-governments-message/ 

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