Director of the CIDOB project “Sources of Tension in Afghanistan & Pakistan: A Regional Perspective”, and a Senior Research Fellow Associate at CIDOB, Dr. Hooper is a specialist in South Asia and the Middle East, based in Madrid. She has a degree in Middle Eastern History from the School of Oriental & African Studies, London, and a PhD from the London School of Economics.

She has worked as an Independent Consultant for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the UN, the OECD and bilateral government aid programmes, including in the areas of governance, socio-economic development and poverty reduction, for over 25 years. From 2008-2011, she taught business strategy at EADA business school in Barcelona and she has taught international relations courses at the Instituto de Empresas, Madrid since 2014. Dr. Hooper speaks Arabic, Farsi and Urdu, as well as Spanish, French and Italian. She has lived in seven countries on four continents, including Kuwait, Lebanon, and Pakistan, where she was based full time from 2004-2008.  Her current interests include the intersect between the political economy, development and change; and the historical roots of identity and ideology.