Research Interests:
Humanities, Social Sciences
Pillar / Cluster: Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


Sun Sun Lim studies the social implications of technology domestication by young people and families, charting the ethnographies of their internet and mobile phone use. Her recent research has focused on understudied populations including youths-at-risk, migrants and international students. She also conducts research on new media literacies, paying particular attention to literacy challenges in parental mediation and young people’s internet skills. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Asia including in China, Indonesia, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam. She has lectured and published widely in international flagship journals including Communication Theory, Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, and New Media & Society. She serves on the editorial boards of six journals including the Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, Journal of Children and Media, Social Media & Society and Mobile Media & Communication. She is also Series Editor for Mobile Communication in Asia: Local Insights, Global Implications published by Springer.

She was with the National University of Singapore from 2003 to 2016, where she served as Associate Professor at the Department of Communications and New Media from 2010 to 2016, and Assistant Dean (Research) at the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences from 2014 to 2016. She has contributed actively to public bodies including the National Committee on Youth Guidance and Rehabilitation, Media Literacy Council, National Youth Council and National Internet Advisory Committee. She has won eight awards for excellent teaching at both university and faculty level, the most recent being the Faculty Teaching Excellence Innovation Award for her flipped classroom teaching.

Key Publications

  • Lim, S. S. (Ed.) (2016). Mobile Communication and the Family – Asian Experiences in Technology Domestication. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Lim, S. S. & Soriano, C. (Eds.) (2016). Asian Perspectives on Digital Culture: Emerging Phenomena, Enduring Concepts. London: Routledge.
  • Lim, S. S. (2016). Through the tablet glass: Mobile media, cloud computing and transcendent parenting. Journal of Children & Media, 10(1), 21-29.
  • Lim, S. S. & Pham, B. (2016). “If you are a foreigner in a foreign country, you stick together”: Technologically-mediated communication and acculturation of migrant students. New Media & Society,18(10), 2171–2188.


  • 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


  • Technology domestication by understudied populations
  • Parental mediation of children’s technology use
  • Youth digital literacies
  • Mobile communication and migration