Khoo Ying Hooi is Senior Lecturer at the Department of International and Strategic Studies, University of Malaya. She completed her PhD in Politics and Government examining social movements and democratization with a focus on the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) movement. Her research interests include non-state actors, transnational activism, protest research, human rights and democratization with a regional focus on Southeast Asia, especially Malaysia and Timor Leste. Thematically, she explores processes and patterns of political participation and mobilization, digital activism and the interaction between social movements and state.

She has published a range of academic journals, commentaries and provide expert opinion on those mentioned areas. She is the author of “Seeds of Dissent” (2015), a compilation of her commentaries on academic freedom, human rights, protests and political change in Malaysia. She also edited Volume I and II of Ini Bukan Klise (2013 and 2015), a compilation of essays on political issues in Malaysia. She is the convener of the course on social movements and democratization, she also teaches on international development and governance, human rights in international politics and introduction to politics.

Ying Hooi is the Deputy Editor of Malaysian Journal of International Relations (MJIR) and she is also convener and trainer for the module “Issues in World Politics” for the Timor-Leste Institute of Diplomatic Studies (IDS), under its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. She is an Academic Advisor in the Democracy Academy of Malaysia (DAM), an Associate Member in Asia Centre (Bangkok), an Assistant Secretary-General of the Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (PROHAM) and part of the Malaysian Civil Society Organization (CSO) – Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Alliance, in which she looks into Goal 4 on education.

Formerly a columnist in The Malaysian Insider, Ying Hooi is also a former board member of the Amnesty International Malaysia. Prior to her academic career, Ying Hooi worked at several corporate sectors and the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) as the Head of International Issues and Cooperation. She was involved in the inclusion of an ASEAN human rights body (now ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights) in the ASEAN Charter, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Malaysia in Geneva and the amendments to the SUHAKAM Amendment Bill 2009. She welcomes applications from students on subjects falling within the broad scope of her research interests.