Director, Security and Risk and Reader in Politics and Ethics, University of Portsmouth

Dr Peter Lee is a Reader in Politics and Ethics, and as Director for Security and Risk Research and Innovation at the University of Portsmouth, he promotes and facilitates inter-disciplinary research in the security and risk fields both within the university and with external partner organisations. His specialist research area is in the ethics and ethos of RPAS/ drone operations, the politics and ethics of war and military intervention, and the politics and ethics of identity. Peter’s current research explores the human dimension of drone operations with the UK’s Royal Air Force Reaper squadrons for a forthcoming book, as well as for an accompanying series of scholarly paper on themes that include ethics, cognitive dissonance, decision-making under conditions of uncertainty, and operator resilience. Peter is regularly invited to lecture on this and other subjects to military, academic, political, religious, media and wider audiences. In 2012 he published Blair’s Just War: Iraq and the Illusion of Morality and in 2015 published Truth Wars: The Politics of Climate Change, Military Intervention and Financial Crisis, both with Palgrave Macmillan.


  • –present
    Principal Lecturer in Military Ethics, University of Portsmouth


  • 2010 
    King's College London, PhD in War Studies