Born and raised in Dayeuhkolot (Indonesia), Merlyna Lim is a Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Global Network Society. An ALiGN Media Lab founder/director and Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Carleton University, Merlyna’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. Among her notable publications are Roots, Routes, Routers: Communication and Media of Contemporary Social Movements (2018) and Online Collective Action: Dynamics of the Crowds in Social Media (2014).
Holding degrees in architecture and architectural engineering from the Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB, Bachelor) and University of Parahyangan (Unpar, Masters – cum laude), Merlyna Lim received her doctoral degree in Science and Technology Studies (cum laude) from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. She is an interdisciplinary scholar who has 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 (see publications).
An award winning author and scholar, in 2016, Merlyna Lim was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s New College of Scholars, Artists, and Scientists. On the 2020 International Women’s Day, she was named one of “Top 10 International Women Leaders and Researchers“. Merlyna is also the recipient of the 2012 Best Publication Award in Information Systems and selected one of “100 Most Inspiring Indonesian Women” by the Kartini Foundation in 2011. She 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 Foundations, and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
Over the course of her career, Merlyna Lim has delivered more than 200 talks and presentations and appeared in more than 100 media coverages, including The Guardian, Al Jazeera, and CBC News. 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.
Beyond her academic life, Merlyna is also a singer who enjoys playing guitar and piano on her spare time. In her past life, Merlyna was a designer and architect; she was awarded an Honourable Mention of 1997 Design Your World Contest by the AutoDesk International and the winner of 1999 Kota Baru Parahyangan Design Competition (with Space for Living Lab), among others. Recently, Merlyna revived her artistic activities; as a visual artist in 2017 she was awarded the First place Winner of People’s Choice Award of the Jackson’s Art International Urban Sketching Competition.
- Visiting Research Professor with Princeton University’s Center of Information Technology Policy
- A Distinguished Scholar of Technology and Public Engagement and a professor at Arizona State University.
- Also a visiting scholar at the KITLV Leiden – the Netherlands, a postdoctoral research associate at the Annenberg Center for Communication of the University of Southern California, and a Henry Luce Southeast Asia fellow with the East-West Center in Washington DC.
- One of Top 10 International Women Leaders and Researcher, International Women’s Day at Carleton University (2020)
- Best Faculty Graduate Mentor at Carleton University (2019)
- Inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s New College of Scholars, Artists, and Scientists (2016)
- Canada Research Chair (2014-present) from the Canadian Government
- Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) Research Fellowship (2013-2014)
- Best Publication Award 2012 in Information Systems selected from all articles published in all information systems journals worldwide by the Senior Scholars Consortium, International Conference on Information Systems (2013)
- KITLV Royal Institution of Southeast Asia and Caribbean Studies (Leiden, the Netherlands) Visiting Fellowship (2012)
- One of 100 Most Inspiring Indonesian Women—2011 Kartini Awards, The Kartini Foundation.
- 2010 Our Common Future Fellowship in Future Technologies, The Volkswagen Foundation.
- 2009 Faculty Stars of Global Minds, ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni.
- Annenberg Networked Public Fellowship, Annenberg Center for Communication, University of Southern California (2005-2006)
- Henry Luce Southeast Asia Fellowship, East-West Center Washington DC (2004)
- Winner of American Society of Information Science and Technology (ASIST) Paper Contest (2003)