A Professor of Post-Conflict Studies, John is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.
He has an honorary degree from Brunel University for services to social science, is a former President of the British Sociological Association and is a member of the prestigious United Nations Roster of Global Experts for expertise on religion and peacebuilding. Author of 15 books and editor of three.
Hastings is co-Director of the Centre for International Borders Research and Professor Emeritus at Queen's University Belfast.
He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and a foundational Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He has conducted extensive field research at Pakistan’s borders with Kashmir and Afghanistan and has published over twenty books and lectured worldwide.