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Professor of Crisis & Disaster Management, Bournemouth University

Lee joined the Bournemouth University Disaster Management Centre on the 1st September 2015. Lee is an international relations scholar, educated at the Universities of Lancaster, Birmingham and Hull, receiving his PhD in Politics from the University of Hull (1999), and awarded a Docent in Political Science by Karlstad University in Sweden (2004).

Lee has enjoyed an extensive career working in departments of politics and international relations (Hull and Karlstad universities), politics and communication studies (University of Liverpool), and business school settings (Lincoln, Loughborough and Bournemouth universities) in the UK and Sweden.

Professor Miles is a distinguished scholar, holding Professorships at the universities of Liverpool (2006-2009), Karlstad (2009 - 2017), Loughborough (2011-2015) and now Bournemouth (2015 - ) as well as holding an honorary professorial position at Lancaster University. Lee has also twice been awarded the prestigious title of Jean Monnet Professor by the European Union (in 2003 (Hull) and in 2004 (Liverpool)) in recognition of his expertise in European foreign policy and crisis management. He has been editor of prestigious peer-reviewed academic journals, including Cooperation and Conflict (2010-2014) and the Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS) Annual Review (2001-2004), and presently is a member of editorial boards of prominent journals, such as Foreign Policy Analysis. He is also an accomplished PhD supervisor, having supervised 20 PhD candidates to successful completion from seven universities in the UK and Sweden.

Lee is an award-winning commentator on disasters in the national/ international media. He features regularly on premier media outlets, such as (radio): BBC R4 Today Programme, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC World Service News Hour Programme, Good Morning Scotland Programme, Radio Scotland, R4 Austria, BBC Radio London and BBC regional stations, and Talk Radio as well as (TV): BBC News Channel, CNN International, Good Morning Britain (ITV), STV and GB News. He has also contributed to articles published in UK printed media, such as The Sunday Times.

Lee researches and directs many projects relating to international disaster management, including most recently, the UK Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) sponsored AFRICAB project (2018-21). This project examined single points of failure in African disaster management (Cameroon, Senegal and Sierra Leone). In 2022, he is presently leading the EVALDIS research project, funded by Research England's Participatory Research Programme, that evaluates the user impact possibilities of single points of failure techniques for engaging vulnerable local communities in disaster management in Sierra Leone.


  • –present
    Professor of Crisis & Disaster Management, Bournemouth University