Lee Hwok Aun is Senior Fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore. He was previously Senior Lecturer in the Department of Development Studies, University of Malaya.nHe has researched and published works on affirmative action, discrimination, inequality, social protection, labour and education, with a focus on Malaysia, as well as comparative study vis-à-vis South Africa and Southeast Asia.
He is the author of Affirmative Action in Malaysia and South Africa: Preference for Parity (2021, Routledge) and co-editor of The Defeat of Barisan Nasional: Missed Signs of Late Surge? (2019, ISEAS), and numerous articles in the ISEAS Perspective and ISEAS Trends in Southeast Asia series, the Journal of Contemporary Asia, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, Journal of Southeast Asian Economies. He has also served on the Technical Committee of Malaysia’s National Wage Consultative Council, and as national consultant in the inaugural Malaysia Human Development Report 2013.
He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, an MSc in Political Economy of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and a BA (Hons) from the University of British Columbia.