Lee is an expert on politics and international relations in the Asia-Pacific, particularly Southeast Asia. His research focuses on sovereignty, intervention and governance in developing countries. He has written about democratisation, regime change, political economy, social conflict and international intervention throughout Southeast Asia and in Iraq and South Africa.
Lee did his graduate studies at Oxford and was Rose Research Fellow in International Relations before moving to Queen Mary in 2009. He is also a fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy. Lee sits on the editorial board of Palgrave’s book series, Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy , and is a member of the ESRC’s peer review college.
Lee has advised government agencies and civil society groups from a wide range of countries including Australia, Britain, Denmark, France, Myanmar and Timor-Leste. He regularly appears in national and international media. Outlets have included Al-Jazeera, BBC News, the Financial Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, the BBC World Service and Monocle 24 radio.