Prof Dr Sulfikar AMIR
Sulfikar Amir is associate professor at the Division of Sociology NTU where he teaches subjects on science, technology, and society (STS), and sociology risk and disaster. His research interests include sociology of technology, development, globalisation, sociology of risk and resilience, and city studies.
He is the author of The Technological State in Indonesia: the Co-constitution of High Technology and Authoritarian Politics (Routledge, 2012). He has conducted research on nuclear politics and risk in Southeast Asia, examining the social and political dimensions of nuclear power in emerging democracies. His ongoing project on nuclear risk examines the root cause of vulnerability in the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
He was also involved in an National Research Foundation-funded project that aims to develop the underwater city in Singapore in which he investigated the socio-technical dimensions of the underwater infrastructure, taking into account space manufacturing and technocratic urbanism as the main features.
The primary conceptual framework used in his research modules for the FRS Programme centres on the notion of sociotechnical resilience, which is defined as system ability to transform into a new configuration in the aftermath of shock and disruption. Informed by STS insights, the framework emphasises the hybrid nature of sociotechnical systems, and seeks to understand how resilience develops and undevelops as an emergent property in complex sociotechnical systems.
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Associate Professor of Sociology, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)