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Professor of Applied Ethics and Director, Security and Risk Research, University of Portsmouth

Professor Peter Lee, Professor of Applied Ethics, is the Director, Security and Risk Research and Innovation at the University of Portsmouth. His research spans the ethical and other human aspects of drone operations in military, policing and wider security contexts, and the ethics of autonomous weapon systems. His latest research project examines screen-mediated visual trauma, entitled ‘Understanding moral injury and belief change in the experiences of police investigators in child exploitation units.’

In 2016 Peter was granted unprecedented research access to the two RAF Reaper (drone) squadrons for his latest book, Reaper Force: Inside Britain’s Drone Wars (October 2018). He is currently an Expert Adviser to the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Drones. From 2008 to 2017 he taught ethics and also air power studies at Royal Air Force College Cranwell for Kings College London and the University of Portsmouth respectively. Peter holds a PhD in War Studies from Kings College London which explores the emergence of Western war ethics. From 2001 to 2008 he served as a Royal Air Force chaplain.


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


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