Steven Haines joined the University of Greenwich in October 2012 from the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, where he was head of the security and law programme and a member of the management board (2008–12). Prior to that he was head of the Department of Politics and International Relations and Professor of Strategy and the Law of Military Operations at Royal Holloway, University of London (2003-08).
Steven has held full-time and visiting academic posts at the University of Aberdeen (where he was a research fellow in Defence Studies and tutor in International Relations); The Royal Naval Engineering College (head of the Department of Management and Defence Studies); Cranfield University (visiting fellow in Strategy and the Law of Military Operations); the University of Oxford (Hudson senior visiting fellow at St Antony's College, and visiting fellow on the Changing Character of War Programme); the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (adjunct lecturer in International Humanitarian Law); and the Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland (visiting professor, Centre for Security Studies).
Steven's most significant recent research output was published in 2012 following a three-year project to examine the legal classification of armed conflict. Conducted under the auspices of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, the report was published by Oxford University Press in 2012.
His most significant research collaborators in recent years have included Elizabeth Wilmshurst of Chatham House, Michael Schmitt of the US Naval War College, Jelena Pejic of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, and Francoise Hampson of the University of Essex.