Hong Ching joined the University of Malaya in 2009 as a senior lecturer in the Department of Geography and moved to the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in 2013. Trained in urban and tourism planning then in geography, Hong Ching’s research interest has evolved from focusing on city planning and eco-tourism planning to natural resource governance in urban and in protected areas. Her recent research also focuses on the value perceptions towards natural resources, forest and water in particular. Hong Ching was the fellow of the 2015-2016 MIT-UTM Malaysian Sustainable Cities Program where she conducted a research on the natural resource (mangrove) governance in the fast growing yet highly contested region of Iskandar Malaysia. She is currently a member of the Global Young Academy where she sits in the membership selection committee and a fellow of the ASEAN Science Leadership Program, platforms where she supports the efforts towards multi- and interdisciplinary research.