Professor Charlie Lees

Dean (People and Resources)

College of Business, Government and Law

place Social Science South
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Charles Lees is Dean (People and Resources) in the College of Business, Government, and Law. He joined Flinders University from the University of Bath, where he was Professor of Politics and served as Head of the Department of Politics, Languages, and International Studies. Before that he worked at the University of Sheffield and the University of Sussex. He is an expert in comparative party systems, coalition government, environmental politics and policy, and has contributed to debates on the methodology of single-country studies. He has provided research and advice for the Centre for American Progress, Australian Labor Party, Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand, the UK House of Lords and the Scottish Executive, amongst others. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Bath, Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of Sussex and Associate Fellow at the University of Birmingham. He has held visiting fellowships at the University of California San Diego, the Australian National University, the University of Sydney, and Cardiff University. He is located in Social Sciences South Room 268.


PhD ‘German Studies’, University of Birmingham, UK; awarded June 1998. Thesis is available at:

MA ‘European Politics’ (Distinction), University of Essex, UK; awarded July 1995.

BA ‘Modern European Studies’ (First Class Hons.), Thames Valley University, UK; awarded July 1993.

Honours, awards and grants

2015 – 2016. Visiting Scholar, School of Law and Politics, University of Cardiff, UK.

2012 - 14. Elected Chair of the International Association for the Study of German Politics (IASGP,

2010. International Visiting Research Fellow, Graduate School of Government, University of Sydney, Australia.

2008 - Present. Visiting Fellow, Institute for German Studies, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.

Jan - Apr 2007. Visiting Fellow, Political Science Program of the Research School in Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

2007. Awarded Political Studies Association Prize for best article in journal Politics in 2006 (‘Explaining the 2005 Coalition formation process in Germany – a comparison of Power Index and Median Legislator coalition models’ (with Andrew Taylor) in Politics Vol. 26, No.3: 151 – 160

Aug - Sept. 2005. Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Politics, University of California San Diego, San Diego CA, USA

2004 – Present. Visiting Professorial Fellow, Sussex European Institute, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

Key responsibilities

I provide comprehensive support and advice to the Vice-President and Executive Dean of the College on the Academic staff profile required to deliver the Strategic goals of the College and the University. I oversee the development and management of academic staff within the College to support achievement of the College strategic objectives in a manner consistent with the University’s vision and values.

Expert for media contact
Voting behaviour
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Media expertise
  • Australia
  • Britain
  • Constitution
  • Europe
  • Germany
  • Government
  • Parliament
  • Politics
  • Voting behaviour
Further information

Selected media comment:

2021. Comment on election in german state of Saxony-Anhalt for SBS World News:
2021. Comment on Chinese environmental governance for the Business Post:
2021. Comment on Chinese environmental governance for Renewable Energy Magazine:
2021. Comment on the German Land and Federal elections for Veja magazine:
2021. Comment on the CDU leadership elections for Australian Financial Review:
2019. Comment on the 2019 UK General Election for El País Digital:
2019. Analysis of UK Supreme Court’s ruling on unlawful proroguing of UK Parliament for Channel News Asia’s ‘Asia Tonight’ program:
2019. Interview/Explainer on ‘Populism’ for ABC Adelaide’s ‘Mornings with David Bevan’ program:
2018. Media comment on the future of German Chancellor Angela Merkel for Khaleej Times, Dubai:
2018. Interview on the career and personality of German Chancellor Angela Merkel for ABC Adelaide’s ‘Mornings with David Bevan’ program (‘Meet the Leader’ segment):

LEES Academic Curriculum Vitae October 2021 (pdf)

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