Mr Hamish McDougall

Mr Hamish McDougall

PhD Student

Department of International History

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Key Expertise
Britain, Europe, European Integration, New Zealand, British Empire

About me

Hamish’s MPhil/PhD research looks at Britain’s entry into the European Economic Community in 1973 and the Anglo-New Zealand relationship. He holds a Masters in International History at LSE (distinction), where his dissertation about international politics and the 1981 South Africa rugby tour of New Zealand jointly won the Medlicott Prize for highest mark. He also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Historical Studies (distinction) from University of Oxford, BA Hons (first class) from Victoria University of Wellington and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Massey University. Outside the academy he has a successful communications career, most recently leading marketing, PR and internal communications for the opening of He Tohu, a permanent exhibition of New Zealand’s constitutional documents at the National Library of New Zealand.


"Cutting the apron strings?’ The Anglo-New Zealand relationship during Britain’s joining of the European Economic Community, 1970-85"

His thesis examines Britain and New Zealand’s relationship, 1960-1985, as the former joined the European Economic Community (EEC). It assesses New Zealand’s influence in Britain and Europe during the negotiations and the effect this had on the terms of Britain’s entry. It also looks at the extent that Britain’s entry into Europe accelerated New Zealand’s cultural, economic and political decolonisation, using New Zealand as a case study to better understand the relationship between Britain and its former colonies in the second half of the twentieth century.

Expertise Details

Britain; Europe; European Integration; 20th century; New Zealand; decolonisation; politics; trade; culture; British Empire; security; identity


Conference papers

  • New Zealand and the negotiations for European Economic Community enlargement, 1970-71, Gerda Henkel Workshop, Villa Vigoni, Italy, June 2018
  • The 1981 Springbok Tour as international history, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, September 2018

Honours and awards

  • LSE PhD Studentship, 2017-21
  • Joint winner of the Medlicott Prize for highest dissertation mark in the International History Department, LSE, 2015