Ian Holliday


Professor Holliday assists the President/Vice-Chancellor in setting the direction and policy for the University’s curriculum, teaching and learning, and quality assurance of undergraduate and postgraduate curricula.


Professor Ian Holliday graduated from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge with a BA and MA in Social and Political Studies. He graduated from New College, Oxford with an MPhil and DPhil in Politics. He first taught at the Department of Government, University of Manchester, and was also a Fulbright Scholar at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University. At City University of Hong Kong, he served as Head of Public and Social Administration and as Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences. He joined the University of Hong Kong in 2006 for a five-year term as Dean of Social Sciences. Since January 2015, he has been Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning).

Professor Holliday is passionate about teaching and learning. As Dean of Social Sciences, he spearheaded the introduction of a graduation requirement that undergraduate students complete off-campus credits in the twin areas of social innovation and global citizenship. He also created and for many years directed the Faculty’s MOEI programme to enable undergraduate students to deliver intensive-mode English classes to children and young adults in impoverished and marginalized communities in Southeast Asia. Across seven cycles from 2008 to 2014, more than 300 MOEI students taught English to thousands of young people in Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand.

Professor Holliday’s research focuses on Myanmar politics and governance. He is the author of Burma Redux: Global Justice and the Quest for Political Reform in Myanmar (Columbia University Press, 2011), the co-editor with Adam Simpson and Nicholas Farrelly of Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Myanmar (Routledge, 2018), and the co-author with Roman David of Liberalism and Democracy in Myanmar (Oxford University Press, 2018).