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Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Sulfikar Amir

Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences

Email: sulfikar@ntu.edu.sg
Assoc Prof Sulfikar Amir

Biography
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), and the editor of "The Sociotechnical Constitution of Resilience: A New Perspective on Governing Risk and Disaster" (Palgrave, 2018). Using the concept of sociotechnical resilience which he has developed to examine the capacity of sociotechnical systems for responding to disruption and crisis, Sulfikar Amir is currently working on a number of research projects that look into the resilient nature of urban-situated sociotechnical systems. These includes a series of risk perception surveys and mitigation on the Covid-19 pandemic.

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 (ITB). He completed a bachelor's degree in Industrial Design at ITB.
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
  • Fredy Tantri and Sulfikar Amir. (2019). Modeling a Simulation for Sociotechnical Resilience. Complexity, 2019, https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/7950629.
  • Shi Lin Loh and Sulfikar Amir. (2019). Healing Fukushima: Radiation hazards and disaster medicine in post-3.11 Japan. Social Studies of Science, 49(3), 333-354.
  • Justyna Tasic, Sulfikar Amir, Jethro Tan, Majeed Khader. (2019). A Multilevel Framework to Enhance Organizational Resilience. Journal of Risk Research, , https://doi.org/10.1080/13669877.2019.1617340.
  • Tasic, J.*, Tantri, F*. and Amir, S.,. (2019). Modelling Multilevel Interdependencies for Resilience in Complex Organisation. Complexity, , https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/3946356.
  • Sulfikar Amir. (2018). The Sociotechnical Constitution of Resilience: A New Perspective on Governing Risk and Disaster. Palgrave Macmillan.

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