Professor Lee joined the University of Nottingham Malaysia in September 2000 as one of the pioneering batch of staff when the University of Nottingham began operations in its maiden branch campus outside of the UK in Malaysia. In March 2011, he was promoted to become Professor of Quantitative Methods. During the last 17 years with the University, he has been involved in the management of diverse teaching and learning, and engagement activities of the University.
Given the unique position of the University of Nottingham Malaysia in Southeast Asia, and in support of the University's Strategic Roadmap 2013-2020, when he was the Dean of NUBS Malaysia, he formulated a strategic framework to establish “2+2” and “1+3” arrangements with key universities in ASEAN countries and China, such as Beijing Foreign Studies University, Prince of Songkla University and others. He had also led a successful implementation of offshore operations of the University, offering a masters degree outside of Malaysia (NUBS Malaysia offers MBA in Singapore). He is also actively involved in the development of new programmes to upkeep the quality assurance and standards of the qualifications offered. For instance, he had led NUBS Malaysia to develop the MSc Professional Accountancy in collaboration with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), which was the first of its kind outside the UK. When he was the Dean of NUBS Malaysia, he led the School to secure a 5-year EQUIS accreditation and AMBA accreditation.
He studied economics at the University of London and the National University of Singapore. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of Chartered Management Institute. He was appointed as an assessor for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for Entry into Qualifications Recognised by Malaysian Qualifications Framework at Level 7 by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). He also serves as an expert to assist MQA to develop programme standards for subject area: Business Studies.
His main research interests concern applied economics and econometrics. He is particularly interested in economics of development and economics of tourism. He uses different econometric techniques, in particular time series econometrics, in the study of these areas. His research papers have been published in reputable journals, namely Applied Economics, Journal of International Development, International Journal of Tourism Research, Tourism Management and International Journal of Hospitality Management. In total, he has published more than 40 journal articles.
His teaching interests are in Quantitative Methods, Econometrics and Microeconomics. He had taught undergraduate quantitative methods related modules, such as Quantitative Methods 1a, Quantitative Methods 1b and Quantitative Methods 2a, microeconomics related modules, such as Economics of Pricing and Decision Making and Industrial Economics B, and econometrics related module, such as Introduction to Econometrics. Currently, he teaches Applied Econometrics and Quantitative Techniques for Finance.