Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Sulfikar Amir

Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences

Assoc Prof Sulfikar Amir

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.

Sulfikar Amir completed a PhD in Science and Technology Studies (STS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He holds a Master of Science in Design (Industrial Design) from Arizona State University, and a Master of Science in Development Studies from Institut Teknologi Bandung.
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
  • City Resilience in Expanding Urbans of Southeast Asia
  • 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
  • Justyna Tasic, Sulfikar Amir, Jethro Tan, Majeed Khader. (2019). A Multilevel Framework to Enhance Organizational Resilience. Journal of Risk Research, ,
  • Tasic, J.*, Tantri, F*. and Amir, S.,. (2019). Modelling Multilevel Interdependencies for Resilience in Complex Organisation. Complexity, ,
  • Sulfikar Amir. (2018). The Sociotechnical Constitution of Resilience: A New Perspective on Governing Risk and Disaster. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Sulfikar Amir.(2018). Introduction: Resilience as Sociotechnical Construct. The Sociotechnical Constitution of Resilience: A New Perspective on Governing Risk and Disaster(1-10). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Sulfikar Amir and Vivek Kant. (2018). Sociotechnical Resilience: A Preliminary Concept. Risk Analysis, 38(1), 8-16.

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