Sun Sun LIM is Professor and Head of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. From 2010 to 2016, she was Associate Professor at the Department of Communications and New Media, and from 2014 to 2016, Assistant Dean (Research) at the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, National University of Singapore. She was also Head of the Singapore Research Nexus. She holds a PhD and an MSc (Distinction) in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics, for which she was awarded the Raffles Rothschilds Chevening Scholarship. She studies the social implications of technology domestication by young people and families, charting the ethnographies of their internet and mobile communication, publishing over 60 books, articles and book chapters. Her latest books include Mobile Communication and the Family - Asian Experiences in Technology Domestication (Springer, 2016) and Asian Perspectives on Digital Culture: Emerging Phenomena, Enduring Concepts (Routledge, 2016).
Her recent research has focused attention on understudied and marginalised populations including juvenile delinquents, youths-at-risk and migrants. She also conducts research on new media literacies, with a special focus on literacy challenges in parental mediation and young people’s Internet skills. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Asia including in China, Indonesia, Singapore and South Korea. She has lectured and published widely in leading international journals including the Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, New Media & Society, Computers in Human Behaviour, Communications of the ACM, Communication, Culture & Critique, Telematics & Informatics and Feminist Media Studies. She serves on the editorial boards of ten journals including the Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, Journal of Children and Media, Social Media & Society and Mobile Media & Communication. She is Series Editor for Mobile Communication in Asia: Local Insights, Global Implications (Springer), a series of volumes featuring research by emerging scholars of mobile communication in Asia.
She contributes actively to public bodies where her research helps to inform public policy formulation and public education. She chaired the New Media Taskforce of the National Committee on Youth Guidance and Rehabilitation. Most recently, she developed the Social Media Resource Kit for Youths-at-Risk with the support of the Ministry of Social and Family Development. The kit offers teachers, social workers and counsellors a comprehensive resource for guiding youths and their families on the benefits and risks of social media use and is used by schools and youth sector organisations throughout Singapore. She is also a member of the Media Literacy Council and the Singapore Media Academy Academic Board. She previously served on the National Internet Advisory Committee, the Internet and Media Advisory Committee and the Advisory Council on the Impact of New Media on Society working group.
She has taught a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses including Communications, New Media & Society, Social Psychology of New Media and Mobility & New Media. She has won eight awards for excellent teaching at both university and faculty level. Most recently, she won the Faculty Teaching Excellence Innovation Award for her flipped classroom teaching.