Matthew Battey

No image provided

Contact details

Matthew Battey
BA (Exeter), MA (SOAS)
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Email address:

Research Projects & Supervisions
PhD Topic:

Placing knowledge in a decolonizing world: the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation and the histories of expertise for development


My research focuses on the history of the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation (CFTC).  CFTC is a fund for development co-operation which has been administered since its creation in 1971 by the Commonwealth Secretariat, the central organisation of the post-colonial Commonwealth.  The history of CFTC overlaps with important aspects of international politics in the era of decolonization, particularly regarding the intertwined histories of development and the modern Commonwealth.  My research explores CFTC through looking at its impact on and relation to surrounding questions such as: international development policy in the post-imperial era, the shifting nature of expertise for development, and the role of development in maintaining the Commonwealth as an active and prominent network within the realm of international politics. 


Philip Murphy, Ruth Craggs
Research interests:
Colonies & Colonization, emigration & immigration, Contemporary History, Globalization & Development, International Relations

Back to top