Dr Ambrose Yuk Kong Lee

Ambrose Lee

Position: Research Development Fellow (REF)

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I am one of the two Research Development Fellows based in Research, Innovation and Academic Enterprise. My main role is to support the REF developments of the University and contributing to the wider development of research communities within the University and beyond. I also conduct independent research within my areas of expertise (please see below for details).

Professional interests

Prior to joining University of Derby, I was a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow in the Centre for Criminology at University of Oxford. As part of this fellowship, I pursued a research project about the normative constraints that apply to the state’s use of coercion to prevent harms. I have also previously worked as a Postdoctoral Research Officer for the AHRC-funded Preventive Justice Project (also based in Criminology at Oxford), and as an Administrative Assistant for the AHRC-funded Criminalization Project (based in University of Stirling). I have also briefly worked as a Lecturer in Metaethics at University of Stirling after obtaining my doctorate there.

Professionally, I have a keen interest in research and REF developments, and the preparation of research proposals.

Research interests

Legal, political and moral philosophy, with a particular emphasis on the normative and conceptual issues relating to criminal justice.

Membership of professional bodies

Associate Fellow, The Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).


Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Stirling.

M.Litt. in Philosophy, University of St Andrews.

B.A. majored in Philosophy, University of Hong Kong. 

Recent publications

Recent conferences

April 2016

‘The Ambit of Legitimate Domestic and International Criminalization’ Conference, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada. This conference was jointly organized by the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security (Osgoode Hall Law School) and the Robina Institute on Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (University of Minnesota Law School, USA).

‘The Criminal Law’s Person’ Workshop, CRASSH, University of Cambridge. This was part of a joint research project between University of York, University of Cambridge and University of Stockholm.

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