Professor Lim Sun Sun

I am Professor of Communication & Technology and Head of Cluster (Dean) of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. From 2003 to 2016, I was Assistant then Associate Professor at the Department of Communications & New Media; and from 2014 to 2016, Assistant Dean for Research at the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, National University of Singapore.

With the world around us digitalising so rapidly, heralding transformations that are both subtle and dramatic, I am passionate about studying the social impact of technology.  My research focuses on technology domestication by families and young people, digital disruptions in the workplace in the face of Industry 4.0 and public perceptions of smart city technologies such as machine learning and the Internet of Things. 

Most recently, I authored Transcendent Parenting: Raising Children in the Digital Age (Oxford University Press, 2020) and co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Communication and Society  (Oxford University Press, 2020). My other 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). In 2020, I was named to the inaugural Singapore 100 Women in Tech  list that recognises and celebrates women who have made significant contributions to the technology sector. 

​I am a firm believer in translating academic research for societal benefit and frequently share my expert opinion in print, broadcast and online media via interviews and op-eds in leading outlets including NatureLa TribuneGuardianSouth China Morning Post and Channel NewsAsia. From 2018-2020, I served as a Nominated Member of Parliament in the 13th Parliament of Singapore where I advocated for clear guidelines governing the responsible use of AI, data sharing to promote societally-relevant research and championed the enactment of digital rights for children. 
I can be reached at [email protected]  and you can also visit my ResearchGate ,​ Academia and ORCID profile pages.  ​For my latest news, connect with me on LinkedIn 

PhD, Communication, London School of Economics
Master of Science, Media & Communication, London School of Economics
Bachelor of Social Science (Honours), Faculty of Arts & Sciences, National University of Singapore

Selected publications

  • Lim, S. S. (2019). Transcendent Parenting – Raising Children in the Digital Age. New York: Oxford University Press. In press.
  • Pham, B., & Lim, S. S. (2019). Vietnamese pre-schoolers’ tablet use and early childhood learning: an ecological investigation. Journal of Children and Media, online first.
  • An, S., Lim, S. S., Lee, H., & Pham, B. (2018). Overcoming prejudice, seeking support: Transnational social media communication of female Vietnamese students in South Korea and Singapore. Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration, 2(2), 107-126.
  • Lim, S. S. (2017). Youth workers’ use of Facebook for mediated pastoralism with juvenile delinquents and youths-at-risk. Children and Youth Services Review, 81, 139-147.
  • Lim, S. S., & Wang, Y. (2017). How are young people connecting with their families through mobile communication? In N.A. Jennings & S. R. Mazzarella (Eds.), Twenty Questions about Youth and Media. 2nd edition. New York: Peter Lang.
Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)
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