Visiting Scholar, International State Crime Initiative, Queen Mary University of London

Ronan Lee is an Irish-Australian visiting scholar at Queen Mary University of London’s International State Crime Initiative. His research interests include Myanmar, the Rohingya, genocide, hate speech, and politics.

Ronan’s PhD research involved conducting long-term field work in Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Thailand during 2014-2017. Ronan's PhD thesis titled “Myanmar’s Rohingya Genocide: Rohingya Perspectives of History and Identity” considered the identity, history, and politics of the Rohingya. This work aimed to amplify the voice of Rohingya participants and involved in-depth interviews with Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, in Yangon, in the Bangladesh camps, and among the Rohingya diaspora living further afield from Myanmar.

Ronan won Deakin University's 2015 Neil Archbold Memorial Medal for his journal article "A Politician, Not an Icon: Aung San Suu Kyi's Silence on Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya" in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations.

Ronan’s professional background is in politics, media, and public policy. He was formerly a Queensland State Member of Parliament (2001-2009) and served on the frontbench as a Parliamentary Secretary (2006-2008) in portfolios including Justice, Main Roads and Local Government, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships. He has also worked as a senior government advisor, and as an election strategist and campaign manager.


  • 2019–present
    Visiting scholar, International State Crime Initiative, Queen Mary University of London


  • 2019 
    Deakin University, PhD
  • 2013 
    Monash University, Master of International Relations
  • 2000 
    University of Queensland, Bachelor of Arts


  • 2019
    'Extreme Speech in Myanmar: The Role of State Media in the Rohingya Forced Migration Crisis', International Journal of Communication
  • 2016
    'The Dark Side of Liberalization: How Myanmar's Political and Media Freedoms Are Being Used to Limit Muslim Rights', Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations
  • 2016
    'Pathway to peaceful resolution in Myanmar’s Rakhine State', Forced Migration Review
  • 2014
    ‘A Politician, Not an Icon: Aung San Suu Kyi’s silence on Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya’, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations