Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Sulfikar Amir

Associate Professor
School of Social Sciences
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Phone: (+65)63168839
Office: HSS-05-31

  • PhD (Science & Technology Studies) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2005
  • MS (Design) Arizona State University 2000
  • MS (Development Studies) Institut Teknologi Bandung 2000
  • BA Institut Teknologi Bandung 1996
Sulfikar Amir is an Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society (STS) and a faculty member in Sociology Programme at the School of Social Sciences NTU. His research interests primarily focus on examining institutional, political, and epistemological dimensions of scientific knowledge and technological systems. He has conducted research on technological nationalism, development and globalisation, nuclear politics, risk and disaster, design studies, city and infrastructure, and resilience.

Sulfikar Amir is the author of "The Technological State in Indonesia: the Co-constitution of High Technology and Authoritarian Politics" (Routledge, 2012). His ongoing project examines hidden vulnerability leading to nuclear meltdown in the Fukushima nuclear disaster. He has developed a framework of sociotechnical resilience to assess the capacity of sociotechnical systems for responding to disruption and crisis.

Aside from being a scholar, Sulfikar Amir is a documentary filmmaker. He has directed and produced three documentary films, all focusing on nuclear issues. The latest one is "Healing Fukushima", which chronicles the role and experiences of medical experts in Fukushima in dealing with radiation hazard in the aftermath of nuclear disaster.
Research Interests
Science and Technology Studies (STS); Technological Politics; Globalization; Nationalism; Development; Southeast Asia; Risk and Crisis; Nuclear Power; Design Studies, Resilience Studies.
Current Projects
  • A Search for the Origins of Sociotechnical Vulnerability: The Case of Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
  • A Sociotechnical Study of the Underground City in Singapore
  • After Fukushima: How Disaster Ignites Knowledge Change in Global Nuclear Power
  • Future Resilient Systems
  • Future Resilient Systems: Organizational Interdependencies and Sociotechnical Modelling
  • Nuclear Politics and Democracy in Southeast Asia: The cases of Indonesia and Thailand
  • Socio-Technical Systems Modelling
  • Sociological study of rock blasing impact
  • Technological Innovation in a Time of Crisis: Nuclear Power After Fukushima
  • The Rise and Fall of the Technological State in Indonesia
Selected Publications
  • Sulfikar Amir and Vivek Kant. (2018). Sociotechnical Resilience: A Preliminary Concept. Risk Analysis, 38(1), 8-16.
  • Miltos Kyriakidis, Vivek Kant, Sulfikar Amir, Vinh N Dang. (2017). Understanding human performance in sociotechnical systems–Steps towards a generic framework. Safety Science, ,
  • Sulfikar Amir. (Ed.). (2017). The Archipelago Observed: Knowledge and Transformations in Indonesia.
  • David J Hess, Sulfikar Amir, Scott Frickel, Daniel Lee Kleinman, Kelly Moore, Logan DA Williams.(2016). Structural Inequality and the Politics of Science and Technology. The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies: the 4th Edition(319-347). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Justyna Tasic, Sulfikar Amir. (2016). Informational Capital and Disaster Resilience: The Case of Jalin Merapi. Disaster Management and Prevention, 25(3), 395-411.

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