Academic Profile

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.
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Assoc Prof Sulfikar Amir
Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences

Science and Technology Studies (STS); Technological Politics; Globalization; Nationalism; Development; Southeast Asia; Risk and Disaster; Nuclear Power; Design Studies, Resilience.
  • City Resilience in Expanding Urbans of Southeast Asia

  • State Politics and the Covid-19 Mitigation in Southeast Asia
  • Amir, S., Sadoway, D. and Dommaraju, P., 2021. Taming the Noise: Soundscape and Livability in a Technocratic City-State. East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal, pp.1-17.

  • Teo, B. and Amir, S., 2021. Contesting Relations of Definition: Climate Risk and Subpolitics in Singapore. Environmental Sociology, pp.1-14.

  • Sovacool, B.K., Hess, D.J., Amir, S., Geels, F.W., Hirsh, R., Medina, L.R., Miller, C., Palavicino, C.A., Phadke, R., Ryghaug, M. and Schot, J. (2020). Sociotechnical agendas: Reviewing future directions for energy and climate research.. Energy Research & Social Science, 70, 101617.

  • Fredy Tantri and Sulfikar Amir. (2019). Modeling a Simulation for Sociotechnical Resilience. Complexity, 2019,

  • 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, ,

  • Tasic, J.*, Tantri, F*. and Amir, S.,. (2019). Modelling Multilevel Interdependencies for Resilience in Complex Organisation. Complexity, ,