Professor Lee Miles
University of Bournemouth
Lee joined the Bournemouth University Disaster Management Centre (BUDMC) in September 2015. He is also a Deputy Dean of Bournemouth University Business School (BUBS) since 2022. He 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 and established thought leader, holding Professorships at the universities of Liverpool (2006-2009), Karlstad (2009 – 2017), Loughborough (2011-2015) and now Bournemouth (2015 – ) as well as holding honorary professorial positions at Lancaster and University College London (UCL). 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 and Continuity and Resilience Review. He is also an accomplished PhD supervisor, having supervised 22 PhD candidates to successful completion from seven universities in the UK and Sweden. In recent years, Lee has provided award-winning thought leadership in terms of enhancing disaster management in Africa and the Caribbean. His research and intellectual contributions have focused on understanding and developing more effective Single Points of Failure (SPOF) diagnostics and techniques that can bridge the gap between theory and practice in crisis and disaster management. Most recently, this SPOF diagnostic work that builds African capacity to manage disasters was recognised by the world’s largest association of Business Schools, AACSB, as one of the top 25 global ‘Innovations that Inspire’ for 2023. Lee is an award-winning commentator on disasters in the national/ international media. His intellectual contributions have featured 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.