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Dr Peter Lee

  • Qualifications: BSc MA PGCAP PhD
  • Role Title: Reader in Politics and Ethics
  • Address: Portsmouth Business School, Portland Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3DE. Also, Assistant Director (Academic), Academic Support Services (Royal Air Force), Royal Air Force College, Cranwell, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 8HB.
  • Telephone: 01400 266 373
  • Email: peter.lee@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation
  • Faculty: Portsmouth Business School


I am a University of Portsmouth Reader in Politics and Ethics and Assistant Director of Academic Support Service (Academic), based at RAF College Cranwell. I specialise 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 I transferred from King’s College London after four years in the Air Power Studies Division and continue to lecture across a range of diverse subjects, from international relations to terrorism and insurgency. I am particularly active in drones research, most notably with the Royal Air Force Reaper squadrons, and am regularly invited to participate in conferences, lectures and debates on this subject for academic, media, military, political, religious and wider audiences. In June 2015 I joined the Department for Transport Sciencewise Oversight Committee for a public dialogue on ‘The Use and Development of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems

Teaching Responsibilities

Academic oversight of all Air Power Studies faculty, courses, courseware, Quality Assurance. teaching programmes, and disciplinary matters relating to student examinations and essay submissions.

Personal teaching subjects: The Ethics of War, Ethics and International Law, Air Power and Environmental Ethics, The International Political System, Global Security Challenges, The United Nations, Political Theory, War: The Political Arena and Decision Making, War and Strategy, Insurgency, Terrorism.


My main ongoing area of research interest is in exploring the ethical and political dimensions of drone/remotely piloted aircraft operations, as part of a broader interest in the politics and ethics of war and military intervention. My other areas of interest are the politics and ethics of identity, and the application of Foucauldian conceptions of power, truth and subjectivity to contemporary political discourse.

Current Research Projects

Exploring the roles of personal ethics and individual identity in the operational practices of the Royal Air Force Reaper (Drone) squadrons.

Reserves Mental Health & Support Service Provision Scoping Project.  Lee, P. & Twigg, L. (BAE Systems Ltd).


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