Dr Brigitte Leucht
Senior Lecturer, Faculty Ethics Committee Chair
I have taught widely across (European) international politics and history subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Austria (Vienna), Switzerland (IHEID, Geneva), Denmark (Copenhagen) and the UK (London School of Economics, University of Westminster, University of Oxford and Brunel University).
My networks are both international and interdisciplinary. My research on the social, market and legal dimensions of European integration requires the dialogue with political scientists, sociologists and lawyers. In 2018, I was a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt. Previously, I have held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Politics and IR at the University of Oxford (2009-11) and I was an Associate Professor in Economic History at the University of Copenhagen (2013-15).
The focus of my research is the European Union including its external relations, and transatlantic relations in particular. I am part of a group of historians who have successfully promoted methodological innovation to arrive at a less state-centric account of European integration, specifically through the engagement with trans- and supranational approaches from the social sciences.
Crucially, I am also contributing to the ongoing re-evaluation of the place of the EU and Europe in the world at this critical political juncture epitomized by the Euro and global financial crisis and the Brexit vote.
Internally, this includes in particular my work in the faculty-funded Transnational civil society project, where I am exploring the impact of common market creation on consumers. The project’s focus on ‘consumer citizens’ addresses the agenda of the democratic citizenship theme, articulated in the university’s R&I strategy 2015-20.
Externally, I have been invited to participate in an oral history project on the former members of the Court of Justice of the EU (judges, advocates-general, référendaires, senior administrators) coordinated by the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, together with the University of Copenhagen and the Archives of the EU in Florence (from 2018).
My project 'Of alcohol and identity: Consumers and the creation of the EC common market, 1979-1992' has recently been awarded a British Academy/Leverhulme small research grant (2020-22).
My historical research on legal market creation has led to a collaborative project with law professors Catherine Barnard and Albertina Albors-Llorens (Cambridge University). Our edited book Cassis de Dijon. 40 Years On is published by Hart in 2021.
Finally, I am putting my years of experience in researching and teaching European Union history and politics to use by co-editing with Katja Seidel (University of Westminster) and Laurent Warlouzet (Sorbonne University) the textbook: Reinventing Europe: The History of the European Union from 1945 (under contract at Bloomsbury).