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Department:School of Journalism and Communication


Merlyna Lim is a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Digital Media and Global Network Society.

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. 

Selected Publications

For more publications, see

Lim, M. 2018. Roots, Routes, Routers: Communications and Media of Contemporary Social Movements. Journalism & Communication Monographs Series, 20(2): 92-136. [PDF]

Lim, M. 2018. Dis/Connecting: The co–evolution of socio–cultural and material infrastructures of the internet in Indonesia. Indonesia, 105(April): 155-172. [PDF]

Lim, M. 2018. Disciplining Dissent: Freedom, Control, and Digital Activism in Southeast Asia, in R. Padawangi (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Urbanization in Southeast Asia. Routledge, 478-494. [PDF]

Lim, M. 2018. Sticks and Stones, Clicks and Phones: Contextualizing the Role of Digital Media in the Politics of Transformation, in C. Richter & C. Harders, & A. Antonakis-Nashif (eds.) Digital Media and the Politics of Transformation in the Arab World and Asia, Berlin: Springer VS, 9-34. [PDF]

Lim, M., 2018. Challenging Technological Utopianism. Canadian Journal of Communication43(3). 

Mitchell, S.S.D. & Lim, M. 2018. Too Crowded for Crowdsourced Journalism: Reddit and Citizen Participation in the Syrian Crisis. Canadian Journal of Communication, 43(3): 399-419. [PDF].

Lim, M. (2018). Unveiling Saudi Feminism(s): Historicization, Heterogeneity, and Corporeality in the Women’s Movements. Canadian Journal of Communication, 43(3): 461-79. [PDF]

Lim, M. 2017. Freedom to Hate: Social Media, Algorithmic Enclaves, and the Rise of Tribal Nationalism in Indonesia. Critical Asian Studies, 49 (3): 411-427.  [PDF]

Lim, M. 2017. Sweeping the Unclean: Social Media and the Bersih Electoral Reform in Malaysia. Global Media Journal, 14(27). [PDF]

Lim, M. 2017. Digital Media and Malaysia’s Electoral Reform Movement, in W. Berenschot, Schulte Nordholt & L. Bakker (eds.), Citizenship and Democratization in Southeast Asia, Leiden: Brill Academic Publisher, 213–239. [PDF]

Lim, M. 2015. A Cyber–Urban Space Odyssey: The Spatiality of Contemporary Social Movements. New Geographies, 07: 117–123. [PDF]

Yuce, S., Agarwal, N., Lim, M., Robinson, R.S., Wigand, R.  2015. Bridging Women Rights Networks: Analyzing Interconnected Online Collective Actions. Journal of Global Information Management, 22(4): 1–20.

Agarwal, N., Lim, M., Wigand, R. (eds.) 2014. Online Collective Action: Dynamics of the Crowd in Social Media, New York/Heidelberg: Springer.

Lim, M. 2014. Seeing Spatially: People, Networks and Movements in Digital and Urban Spaces, International Development Planning Review, 36(1): 51–72.  [PDF]

Lim, M. 2013. Framing Bouazizi: White Lies, Hybrid Network, and Collective/Connective Action in the 2010–2011 Tunisian Uprising, Journalism, 14(7): 921–941. [PDF]

Lim, M. 2013. Many Clicks but Little Sticks: Social Media Activism in Indonesia, Journal of Contemporary Asia, 43(4): 636–657.  [PDF]

Lim, M. 2012. Life is Local in the Imagined Global Community: Islam and Politics in the Indonesian Blogosphere, Journal of Media and Religion, 11(3): 127–140.  [PDF]

Lim, M. 2012. Clicks, Cabs, Coffee Houses: Social Media and the Oppositional Movements in Egypt (2004–2011), Journal of Communication, 62(2): 231–248. [PDF]

Agarwal, N., Lim, M., Wigand, R.  2012. Raising and Rising Voices: A Novel Methodological Approach in Studying Cyber–Collective Movements, Business & Information Systems Engineering, 3: 113–126.


COMS 5214 Local and Global

COMS 5200 Civic Media

COMS 2700 Global Media and Communication

COMS 4317 Digital Media & Global Network Society