Lee submitted his PhD at Cardiff University in September 2012. The title of the thesis was Improving health and social care delivery through participation: time banks as a site for co-production. Key findings focused around the role of time banking in tackling depression and social isolation in community settings, the use of time banking to develop co-production within the public sector and the theoretical similarities and distinctiveness between time banking and the “Big Society”. During which he also became an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Between September 2012 – September 2013 Lee was a Lecturer in Social Policy at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol.
Prior to submitting his PhD, Lee worked on a research project exploring he development of the Credit Union movement in Wales, linking an interest in asset-based welfare with his interest in community, poverty and alternative forms of welfare provision. He has also spent time working in the Welsh Assembly Government and in Community Development work.
Since taking up a post at Birmingham he has been Examinations and Extenuating Circumstances Officer (2013-2016) and Undergraduate Programmes Director (2016-2019). He has also been School Head of Quality and Assurance (2015-16) and briefly covered parts of the Head of Education role.
In 2015 he gained Fellow recognition with the Higher Education Academy and in 2017 gained Senior Fellow Recognition. He also became senior lecture in social policy in 2018. In 2018-19 he was also awarded the Highly Commended HEFi award for Teaching Innovation.
His future research plans are to build on the foundations of his PhD and previous research, in order to further investigate alternative forms of welfare provision (both in the UK and internationally); to further refine the theoretical framework developed in the PhD; and continue to explore the practices, outcomes and implications of different community currency systems. His first book, Trading Time: can exchange lead to social change? starts to explore these themes by illustrating the application of a social theory of time lens to the analysis of policy and highlighting future research directions. Additionally he is exploring issues around poverty, class, inequality, attitudes towards welfare systems as well as conceptual and ideological debates about the nature and purpose of welfare systems.
His second book Exploring Welfare Debates: key concepts and questions draws various elements of this research together. Although a textbook introducing key concepts in the discipline of social policy it also explores the changing nature of concepts and the influence of neo-liberal ideology.
Personal webpage: http://ljgregory.wordpress.com/