After graduating with a degree in Sociology from the University of Warwick, Ken Hyland went overseas to teach English. He first worked as a volunteer in the Sudan, and then taught in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Hong Kong, gaining an MA and a PhD along the way. After nine years at Lingnan and City University in Hong Kong, he was offered a professorship at the University of London, where he directed the Centre for Academic and Professional Literacies at the Institute of Education for six years. He returned to Hong Kong in 2009 to head CAES.
Ken is a well-known researcher in the field of academic discourse, writing and EAP, and has published 20 books and 180 articles and given over 150 conference presentations around the world. Books published in the last few years includeInnovation and Change in English Language Education (edited with Lillian Wong, Routledge, 2013), Discourse Studies Reader (edited for Bloomsbury Press, 2013); Disciplinary Identities (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Bloomsbury Companion to Discourse (edited with Brian Paltridge, 2011), Academic Discourse (Continuum, 2009) and a second edition ofTeaching and Researching Writing (Longman, 2009). A collection of his earlier papers entitled Academic Written English will be pubished in 2014 by Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press. He was the founding co-editor of the Journal of English for Academic Purposes for seven years and is now co-editor of Applied Linguistics. He is an Honorary Professor at The University of Warwick and a Foundation Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities.