Reader in Politics and Ethics, University of Portsmouth

Dr Peter Lee is a University of Portsmouth Reader in Politics and Ethics who specialises in the ethics and ethos of remotely piloted aircraft (drone) operations, the politics and ethics of war and military intervention, and the politics and ethics of identity. In November 2012 he transferred from King’s College London after four years in the Air Power Studies Division. He writes in various formats on the politics and ethics of drones with a particular focus on the UK’s Royal Air Force Reaper squadrons. His current research with RAF drone crews will provide the basis of his next book, which will tell the story of the first 10 years of UK drone operations from the operators’ perspectives. 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