Lee joined Bournemouth University Disaster Management Centre in 2015.Appointed to his first professorial position in 2006, Lee is a distinguished scholar and has now held full Professorships at the universities of Liverpool (2006-2009), Karlstad (2009 – 2016), Loughborough (2011-2015) and now Bournemouth (2015 – ).
In addition Lee holds honorary professorial positions at Lancaster and University College London. Prior to becoming a Professor, Lee held positions as a Reader (Liverpool, 2004-2006), Associate Professor (Karlstad, 2004-2009), Senior Lecturer (Hull, 1999-2004) and Lecturer (Hull, 1996-1999; Lincoln, 1991-1996). Lee is also a former Associate Fellow of the European Programme of Chatham House (2000-2004).
Lee’s research and training expertise lies in International Crisis and Disaster Management, Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) and European Union Crisis Management. His research examines the role of political and policy entrepreneurs in shaping foreign policy management, regional crisis diplomacy and emergency responses to crises and disasters in the age of resilience.
He is currently developing concepts of ‘entrepreneurial resilience’ in international crisis and disaster management. His interests include the utility of gaming and simulations in international crisis and disaster training. His expertise on the European Union and crisis management has been externally acknowledged, having twice been awarded the prestigious title of Jean Monnet Professor by the European Commission (in 2003 at Hull University and in 2004 at Liverpool University).
Lee has also directed major research and training projects funded by a wide range of external clients, including the Nordic Council of Ministers, the European Union, and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).