Kelley Lee

Professor, Canada Research Chair Tier I in Global Health Governance

Health Sciences

Kelley Lee

Professor, Canada Research Chair Tier I in Global Health Governance

Health Sciences

Areas of interest

Global infectious disease governance, cross-border health measures and border management, pandemic preparedness and response, globalization and health, commercial determinants of health


  • B.A., University of British Columbia (International Relations/English Literature)
  • M.P.A., University of Victoria (Public Administration)
  • M.A., University 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. She was a core member of donor-led studies of 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 the Guildford Archiving Project to secure public access to internal tobacco industry documents, and then the Global Tobacco Control Research Programme to analyze their contents in relation to the globalization of the tobacco industry. Her research has been funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Cancer Research UK, European Research Council, Health Canada, New Frontiers in Research Fund, 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 several governments.

She has authored 140+ peer-reviewed papers, 60+ book chapters and 15 books including The World Health Organization (Routledge, 2009), Researching Corporations and Global Health Governance (Rowman and Littlefield International with Ben Hawkins, 2016) and the Oxford Handbook of Global Health Politics (OUP with Colin McInnes and Jeremy Youde, 2020). She joined the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2011 as Associate Dean, Research and Director of Global Health. She is a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health, Royal College of Physicians, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Research interests

Professor Lee‘s research focuses on the impacts of globalization on population health, and the ways collective action and global governance can mitigate these impacts.

Her current research, leading the Pandemics and Borders Project, focuses on the use of cross-border measures (travel and trade) during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the implications for global responses governed by the WHO International Health Regulations.  She is also working with leading scholars worldwide to advance the conceptualization and measurement of the commercial determinants of health.

To learn more about the Pandemics and Borders Project, please see:

To learn more about the Global Tobacco Control Programme, please visit:

Teaching interests

Professor Lee currently teaches Perspectives on Creating Effective Public Health Policies (HSCI 210) and GlobalPerspectives on the COVID-19 Pandemic (HSCI 486).

** Please note that Professor Lee is only conducting targeted searches for graduate students directly related to her research projects. She is not accepting unsolicited students at this time.


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.

Publications and activities

View Professor Lee's publications here and here.