Kelley Lee

Professor Canada Research Chair Tier I

Health Sciences

Kelley Lee

Professor, Canada Research Chair Tier I

Health Sciences

Areas of interest

Globalization, public health, tobacco-related diseases, global health governance


  • B.A., University of British Columbia
  • M.P.A., University of Victoria
  • M.A., Univertsity of Sussex (International Relations)
  • D.Phil, University of Sussex (International Political Economy)


Dr. Lee is trained in International Relations and Public Administration with a focus on international political economy. She spent over twenty years at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, initially analyzing the role of the UN in health. She was a core member of two major donor-led studies on WHO reform during the 1990s. She co-established the WHO Collaborating Centre on Global Change and Health, and chaired the WHO Resource Group on Globalization, Trade and Health. Dr Lee also co-led a major international initiative to secure public access to tobacco industry documents, and analyze their contents in relation to the globalization of the tobacco industry. She has authored over 100 peer reviewed papers, 50 book chapters and 13 books including Globalization and Health, An introduction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), The World Health Organization (Routledge, 2008), Global Health and International Relations (Polity Press with Colin McInnes, 2012), and Case Studies on Corporations and Global Health Governance (Rowman and Littlefield International with Nora Kenworthy and Ross MacKenzie, 2016). She joined the SFU Faculty of Health Sciences in 2011 as Associate Dean, Research and Director of Global Health. She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, Royal College of Physicians and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Research interests

Professor Lee‘s research focuses on the impacts of globalization on communicable and non-communicable diseases (notably tobacco-related diseases), and the implications for strengthening global governance. Her research has been funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Cancer Research UK, European Research Council, Health Canada, Nuffield Trust, Rockefeller Foundation, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, UK Economic and Social Research Council, UN Population Fund, US National Institutes of Health, Wellcome Trust, World Health Organization and various donor governments.

Her current research focuses on analyzing globalization and the tobacco industry, funded by the US National Cancer Institute, in collaboration with researchers in the UK, US and Australia.

To learn more about the Global Tobacco Control Programme led by Dr. Lee, please visit:

Teaching interests

Professor Lee teaches Globalization and Health with a particular focus on improving understanding of the impacts of global change on public health, and the need for collective action to tackle the risks and benefits arising from them.

** Please note that Professor Lee is only conducting targeted searches for graduate students directly related to her research projects on tobacco control (please refer to this opportunity: She is not taking on any other students at this time.


Future courses may be subject to change.

Publications and activities

View Dr. Lee's publications here and here.