IMG_3543Merlyna Lim is a Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Global Network Society with the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University.  An ALiGN Media Lab founder/director and Professor of Communication and Media Studies, 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. 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).

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 (see publications).

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. On the 2020 International Women’s Day, Lim was named one of “Top 10 International Women Leaders and Researchers“. She 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. Merlyna 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 Foundations, 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 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.

Previous appointments:

Awards (selected)

  • One of Top 10 International Women Leaders and Researcher, International Women’s Day at Carleton University (2020)
  • Canada Research Chair, Tier 2, awarded by the Government of Canada (2nd term) (awarded in October 2018, renewed in March 2019).
  • Best Faculty Graduate Mentor at Carleton University (2019)
  • Selected as a member of 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)