FRSA: Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

Dr H.A. Hellyer, Carnegie scholar and RUSI Senior Associate Fellow, named as Fellow of the Royal Society (RSA) 

Dr H.A. Hellyer FRSA, a scholar of politics, international studies and religion in the Arab world and the West at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRSA) for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce ( or RSA.

The RSA was founded in 1754 by William Shipley in London. During the next 100 years, “the Society encouraged innovation and excellence through this scheme in six areas” including agriculture, manufacture, chemistry, mechanics, polite arts, colonies and trade­­. Based in London, its current Patron is Queen Elizabeth II, and its President is Royal Princess Anne. Since 1754, RSA oriented itself as an elite enlightenment organization advocating for social progress and human knowledge. Fellows of the RSA have included the likes of Benjamin Franklin, Adam Smith, Marie Curie, Stephen Hawking, Nelson Mandela, Tim Berners-Lee, Judi Dench, Charles Dickens, David Attenborough, and Karl Marx. An RSA Fellowship is awarded to individuals whom the society’s judges to have made “outstanding achievements for social progress and development.” The society invites experts from a range of fields to help find innovative solutions to tackle society’s pressing challenges.

Dr H A Hellyer FRSA said: “It’s an honour and a privilege to be named as a Fellow of the RSA. I’m looking forward to engaging with the wide variety of innovative thought-leaders in this network of expertise and experience.”

Dr H.A. Hellyer FRSA – Bio

A scholar and author focusing on politics, international studies, and religion, in the West and the Arab world, Dr H.A. Hellyer FRSA is a Senior Associate Fellow in International Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute in London and a scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Following the 2005 London bombings, he was appointed as Deputy Convenor of the UK Government’s Taskforce as an independent academic expert, and served as the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s first Economic and Social Research Council Fellow, as a non-partisan independent scholar. Dr Hellyer was also appointed Professorial Fellow in Islamic Studies at Cambridge Muslim College, UK, and adjunct Professor at the Centre for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science and Civilisation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In 2020, Dr Hellyer was elected as Fellow (FRSA) of the Royal Society of Arts in London. Founded in 1754, the Royal Society’s Patron is HM Queen Elizabeth II, and its President is HRH The Princess Royal Anne. Fellowships of the RSA are awarded to individuals whom the society’s judges to have made ‘outstanding achievements for social progress and development’, and have included the likes of Judi Dench, Nelson Mandela, Stephen Hawking, David Attenborough, Karl Marx and Charles Dickens.

Dr Hellyer’s insights on current events in the West, the Arab world, and Muslim communities worldwide are regularly sought by the international media networks such as CNN and the BBC, with several hundred op-eds for publications like the Washington PostForeign Policy, the New York Times, the GuardianMada Masr, the Globe and Mail, the National, and Daily News Egypt.

Dr Hellyer was a nonresident Fellow at the Centre for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution in DC and Research Associate at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. He is currently on the steering committee for a multi-year EU-funded project on “Radicalisation, Secularism and the Governance of Religion”, which brings together European, North African, and Asian perspectives with a consortium of 12 universities and think-tanks. He previously served as the first Arab world-based Senior Practice Consultant at the Gallup Organisation, where he analysed public opinion data in a variety of countries in the Arab world and the West.

A scholar and an analyst, Dr Hellyer has held scholarly attachments at noted institutions including the University of Warwick, where he was a Senior Research Fellow, the American University in Cairo, and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies of the University of Oxford, where he authored several books and monographs & has contributed more than 25 book chapters and journal articles to various presses. While his main disciplinary home is International Relations, particularly with regards to the study of politics, security and sociology, Dr Hellyer has also published widely in Religious Studies, especially in terms of Islamic intellectual thought, religion and modernity, and contemporary Islam. His main area focuses remain the West and the Arab world.

Recent books and monographs include Muslims of Europe: the ‘Other’ Europeans for Edinburgh University Press, Engagement with the Muslim Community & Counter-Terrorism: British Lessons for the West for Brookings Institution Press, A Revolution Undone: Egypt’s Road Beyond Revolt for Oxford University Press and Hurst& Company, A Sublime Path: the Sufi Way of the Makkan Sages for Fons Vitae, and The Islamic Tradition and the Human Rights Discourse (editor) for the Atlantic Council.

Dr Hellyer’s degree in law was read at the University of Sheffield School of Law, with an advanced degree in international political economy at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Politics. He completed a multidisciplinary PhD at the University of Warwick as an Economic and Social Research Council scholar.


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