Professor Peter Lee
Theme Director (Security and Risk)
Dr Peter Lee is Director of the Security and Risk Theme at the University of Portsmouth, where he promotes and facilitates inter-disciplinary research in the security and risk fields both within the university and with external partner organisations. A Reader in Politics and Ethics, his specialist research area is in the ethics and ethos of lethal military drone operations, the politics and ethics of war and military intervention, and the politics and ethics of identity. Peter’s current research explores the human dimension of drone operations with the UK’s Royal Air Force Reaper squadrons for a forthcoming book, as well as for an accompanying series of scholarly papers on themes that include ethics, cognitive dissonance, decision-making under conditions of uncertainty, and operator resilience. Peter is regularly invited to lecture on this and other subjects to military, academic, political, religious, media and wider audiences. In 2012 he published Blair’s Just War: Iraq and the Illusion of Morality and in 2015 published Truth Wars: The Politics of Climate Change, Military Intervention and Financial Crisis, both with Palgrave Macmillan.
The politics and ethics of war and military intervention, the ethics and ethos of lethal military drone operations, the politics and ethics of identity, and the application of Foucauldian conceptions of power, truth and subjectivity to contemporary political discourse. Peter is available for PhD supervision in these fields.