Director, Institute of International and Civil Security & Chair, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Address: P.O. Box: 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Professor Joel Hayward (ZDaF, BA, MA Hons, PhD, FRSA, FRHistS) holds two academic leadership positions within Khalifa University. He is both the Director of the Institute of International and Civil Security and the Chair of the multidisciplinary Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. He is a defense and security studies scholar (and a writer and poet) who joined Khalifa University as a full Professor of International and Civil Security in 2012, after having enjoyed a fellowship at the Cambridge Muslim College.
His career highlights include having been the Dean of the prestigious and historical Royal Air Force College for five years, Director of the Royal Air Force Centre for Air Power Studies for four years, Head of King's College London's Air Power Studies Division for six years (all in the UK) as well as Program Coordinator, Centre for Defense Studies, and Senior Lecturer in Defense and Strategic Studies, Massey University (both in New Zealand).
Professor Hayward is especially interested in international politics, Just War and the ethics of modern conflict. He also researches and lectures on the Islamic laws and ethics of security. He is interested in both the influence of conflict on Islam and the influence of Islam on conflict.
He is fascinated by comparative religious studies, and reads the scriptures of the monotheistic faiths in their original languages (Hebrew, Greek and Arabic). Also able to speak several modern languages, he has undertaken extensive primary research in Russian and German archives.
He is the author or editor of ten positively reviewed books and dozens of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Some of his works have been translated into Portuguese, Spanish, Serbian, German and Chinese. In January 2012, the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan, published his concise monograph, Warfare in the Qur'an. His most recent book, the edited work Air Power and the Environment: the Ecological Implications of Modern Air Warfare, was published by Air University Press (Montgomery, Al, US) in 2013.
He is currently writing a new book, Prophet and Warrior: The Conduct and Justice of Muhammad's Military Campaigns, based on a careful analysis of the earliest Arabic sources.
Professor Hayward has lectured widely throughout Europe, Asia and beyond on various defense, security, ethics and religious topics and is a Professor of Strategy (Adjunct) at the Indonesian Defense University. He has given strategic advice to political and military leaders in several countries, has given policy advice to prominent shaykhs, and has tutored His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales.
In 2011 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in 2012 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Unusually for a social scientist, Professor Hayward is also very active in the literary arts. He has published much poetry and fiction, including two books of short stories and two collections of poetry. His second major poetry collection, Splitting the Moon: A Collection of Islamic Poetry, was published by Kube Publishers in 2012. He is currently working on his next Islamic poetry collection, to be titled Poems from the Straight Path.