Dr. Merlyna Lim


An ALiGN Media Lab founder/director, Merlyna Lim’s research interests revolve around the mutual shaping of technology and society, and political culture of technology, especially digital media and information technology, in relation to issues of justice, democracy and civic/participatory engagement. Lim considers herself an interdisciplinary scholar and have published extensively in various disciplines, including communication and media studies, religious studies, journalism, urban studies/sociology, geography, anthropology, Asian studies, Middle East studies, information and library science, computer science and information systems.

An award-winning scholar, in 2016, Lim was named a member of the Royal Society of Canada‘s New College of Scholars, Artists, and Scientists.  Lim is the recipient of the Best Publication Award in Information Systems (2013). and selected “One of 100 Most Inspiring Indonesian Women” by the Kartini Foundation in 2011. Lim has been awarded dozens of research grants/awards from various institutions such as Canada Research Chairs, Social Science and Humanities Research Council (Canada), Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Research Fund, the National Science Foundation (United States), the Ford Foundation, the Volkswagen Foundation, the East-West Center, the Open Society, and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Over the course of her career, Lim has delivered more than 200 talks and presentations and given more than 50 media interviews. Previously she was a Visiting Research Professor with Princeton University’s Center of Information Technology Policy, a Distinguished Scholar of Technology and Public Engagement at Arizona State University, and a Networked Public Research Fellow at the Annenberg Center for Communication University of Southern California.