Merlyna Lim

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Merlyna Lim
Known for Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Global Network Society in the School of Journalism and Communication Carleton University, Canada.

Merlyna Lim is a scholar studying ICT (Information and Communication Studies), particularly on the socio-political shaping of new media in non-Western contexts. She has been appointed a Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Global Network Society in the School of Journalism and Communication Carleton University. Formerly she was a Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy and a Distinguished Scholar of Technology and Public Engagement of the School of Social Transformation Justice and Social Inquiry Program and the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University. She previously held a Networked Public Research Associate position at the Annenberg Center for Communication at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She got her PhD, with distinction (cum laude), from University of Twente in Enschede, Netherlands, with a dissertation entitled @rchipelago Online: The Internet and Political Activism in Indonesia.

She has been invited to give keynote speeches, public lectures, and various academic presentations in more than 150 occasions all over the world, including keynote speeches at the 2012 Ray Warren Multicultural Symposium (Portland, OR), the 2012 Frank Church Symposium on International Affairs (Pocatello, ID), the International Conference on Civic Space (ICCS) in 2010 in Jakarta, Indonesia, and a plenary lecture at the Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) in 2006 in Brisbane, Australia.

She is also an active blogger, with blogs in English, Indonesian, and Sundanese.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2014 Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Global Network Society [1]
  • 2013 Visiting Fellowship, Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy [2]
  • 2011 Selected as one of Indonesian 100 Most Inspiring Women—2011 Kartini Awards [3]
  • 2010 Our Common Future Fellowship in 'Future Technologies' from the Volkswagen Foundation [4]
  • 2009 Faculty Star of Global Minds from ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • 2005-2006 Walter Annenberg funded Networked Publics Fellowship, Annenberg Center for Communication, Univ of Southern California, Los Angeles.
  • 2004 Henry Luce funded Southeast Asia Fellowship, East West Center Washington, Washington D.C.
  • 2003 Oxford and Open society Institute Summer Doctoral Scholarship at Oxford Internet Institute.
  • 2003-2004 WOTRO-DC Fellowship from the Netherlands Foundation for the Advancement of Tropical Research (NWO-WOTRO)
  • 2002 American Society of Information Technology and Science (ASIST) International Paper Contest Winner.


  • Lim, M. (2012). Life is Local in the Imagined Global Community: Islam and Politics in the Indonesian Blogosphere, Journal of Media and Religion, Vol. 11(2).
  • Lim, M. (2012). Clicks, Cabs, Coffee Houses: Social Media and the Oppositional Movements in Egypt (2004-2011), Journal of Communication, Vol. 62(02, April), 231-248.
  • Agarwal, N., Lim, M., & Wigand, R. (2012) Online Collective Action and the Role of Social Media in Mobilizing Opinions: A Case Study on Women’s Right-to-Drive Campaigns in Saudi Arabia, in C. G. Reddick & S. K. Aikins (eds.), Web 2.0 Technologies and Democratic Governance: Political, Policy and Management Implications.
  • Agarwal, N., Lim, M., & Wigand, R. (2012) Raising and Rising Voices: Cyber-Collective Movements in the Female Muslim Blogosphere, Business & Information Systems Engineering Journal.
  • Lim, M. (2011). Democratised/Corporatised: Contesting Media in the Post-Authoritarian Indonesia, in Puddephatt, A. et al., A New Frontier, An Old Landscape, Global Partners & Associates, pp. 156–181.
  • Lim, M. (2011) Radical Islamism in Indonesia and Its Middle Eastern Connections, The Middle East Review of International Affairs Journal.
  • Lim, M. (2011) Transient Civic Spaces in Jakarta Indonesia in Mike Douglass, KC Ho, Ooi Giok Ling (eds.) Globalization, the City and Civil Society in Pacific Asia, London: Routledge (2nd edition).
  • Lim, M. (2009) “Muslim Voices in the Blogosphere: Mosaics of Local-Global Discourses” in Gerard Goggin and Mark McLelland [eds.], Internationalizing Internet: Beyond Anglophone Paradigm, London: Routledge, p. 178-195.
  • Lim, M and Padawangi, R. (2008), “Contesting Alun-Alun: Power Relations, Identities, and The Production of Urban Spaces in Bandung, Indonesia” International Development and Planning Review, Vol. 30 (3), pp. 307–326.
  • Lim, M. and Kann, M. (2008), “Politics: Deliberation, Mobilization and Networked Practices of Agitation” in K. Varnelis (ed.) Networked Publics, Cambridge: MIT Press, p. 77-107.
  • Lim, M. (2008), “Bundling Meta-Narratives on the Internet: Conflict in Maluku” in Shyam Tekwani (ed.), Media and Conflict in Asia, Marshall Cavendish Academic.
  • Lim, M (2006). "Lost in Transition: The Internet and Reformasi in Indonesia". In Jodi Dean; Jon Anderson; Geert Lovink. Reformatting Politics: Networked Communications and Global Civil Society. London: Routledge. pp. 85–106. 
  • Lim, M (2006). "Cyber-Urban Activism and Political Change in Indonesia". Eastbound Journal. 2006 (1): 1–19. 
  • Lim, M (2005). Islamic Radicalism and Anti Americanism in Indonesia: The Role of the Internet. Policy Studies Series #18. Washington DC: East West Center. ISBN 978-1-932728-35-4. ISSN 1547-1330. 
  • Lim, M (2004). "The Polarization of Identity through the Internet and the Struggle for Democracy in Indonesia (La polarization de l'identite a travers l'internet et la lutte pour la democratie en indonesie)". Electronic Journal of Communication/La Revue Electronique de Communication. 14 (3–4). ISSN 1183-5656. 
  • Lim, M (2004). "Informational Terrains of Identity and Political Power: The Internet in Indonesia". Indonesian Journal of Social and Cultural Anthropology. XXVII (73, January–April edition): 1–11. ISSN 1693-167X. 
  • Lim, M (2003). "From War-net to Net-War: The Internet and Resistance Identities in Indonesia". The International Information & Library Review. Elsevier Publisher. 35 (2–4): 233–248. doi:10.1016/S1057-2317(03)00019-5. ISSN 1057-2317. 
  • Lim, M (2003). "From Real to Virtual (and back again): Civil Society, Public Sphere, and Internet in Indonesia". In K. C. Ho; R. Kluver; C. C. Yang. Asia.Com: Asia Encounters the Internet. Routledge. pp. 113–128. ISBN 0-415-31503-4. 
  • Lim, M (2003). "The Internet, Social Network and Reform in Indonesia". In N. Couldry; J. Curran. Contesting Media Power: Alternative Media in A Networked World. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 273–288. ISBN 0-7425-2385-3. 
  • Lim, M (2002). "CyberCivic Space in Indonesia: From Panopticon to Pandemonium". International Development and Planning Review (Third World Planning Review). Liverpool University Press. 24 (4): 383–400. doi:10.3828/idpr.24.4.3. ISSN 1474-6743. 
  • Lim, M (2002). "From Walking City to Telematic Metropolis: Changing Urban Form in Bandung, Indonesia". In Tim Bunnell; Lisa B. W. Drummond; K. C. Ho. Critical Reflections on Cities in Southeast Asia. Brill Publisher and Times Academic Press. pp. 75–100. ISBN 981-210-192-6. 
  • Lim, M (2000). "The Benefit of Virtual Space: Informing the Real World Design (Part Two)". Architecture Journal Tatanan: 141–148. 
  • Lim, M (1999). "The Benefit of Virtual Space: Informing the Real World Design (Part One)". Architecture Journal Tatanan: 41–48.