Merlyna Lim Dissertation Definition


Merlyna Lim is a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Digital Media and Global Network Society. Prior to joining the Carleton University community, she held research and teaching positions at Princeton University, Arizona State University, the University of Southern California, KITLV (the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies), and the East West Center.

Lim’s research and teaching interests revolve around political and cultural implications of media and technology, in relations to globalization, democratization, and social change. Lim’s past and current research projects are predominantly conducted in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

As the CRC, Lim’s current projects deal with conceptual and theoretical understanding of the actual (neither imagined nor desired) role of digital media in supporting contemporary social movements and transforming politics globally. By reading and analyzing social movements spatially, this research offers an in-depth understanding of the relationship between movements, urban space and digital media. Using empirical evidence from various contexts, the research will generate conceptual and theoretical frameworks of the dialectical interplay between digital media and physical urban spaces in the making of contemporary social movements.

Selected Publications

For more publications, see:

Agarwal, N., Lim, M., Wigand, R. (eds.) (2014) Online Collective Action: Dynamics of the Crowd in Social Media, New York/Heidelberg: Springer.

Lim, M. (2014) Seeing Spatially: People, Networks and Movements in Digital and Urban Spaces, International Development Planning Review, 36(1): 51-72. [PDF]

Lim, M. (2013) Framing Bouazizi: ‘White Lies, Hybrid Network, and Collective/Connective Action in the 2010-2011 Tunisian Uprising, Journalism: Theory, practice and criticism, 14(7): 921-941. [PDF]

Lim, M. (2013) Many Clicks but Little Sticks: Social Media Activism in Indonesia, Journal of Contemporary Asia, 43(4): 636-657. [PDF]

Lim, M. (2013) The Internet and Everyday Life in Indonesia: New Moral Panics? Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (BKI) / Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia and Oceania, 169(1): 133-147. [PDF]

Lim, M. (2012) Life is Local in the Imagined Global Community: Islam and Politics in the Indonesian Blogosphere, Journal of Media and Religion, 11(3): 127-140. [PDF]

Lim, M.  (2012) Clicks, Cabs, Coffee Houses: Social Media and the Oppositional Movements in Egypt (2004-2011), Journal of Communication, 62(2), 231-248. [PDF]

Agarwal, N., Lim, M., Wigand, R. (2012) Raising and Rising Voices: Cyber-Collective Movements in the Female Muslim Blogosphere, Business & Information Systems Engineering, 3: 113-126.Best Publication Awards 2012 in Information Systems (of all published articles in the field internationally) [PDF]

Agarwal, N., Lim, M., Wigand, R. (2012) Online Collective Action and The Role of Social Media in Mobilizing Opinions, in C. G. Reddick & S. K. Aikins (eds.), Web 2.0 Technologies and Democratic Governance: Political, Policy and Management Implications, 99-123.

Lim, M. (2011)[2008] Transient Civic Spaces in Jakarta Indonesia, in Mike Douglass, KC Ho, Giok- Ling Ooi (eds.) Globalization, the City and Civil Society in Pacific Asia — The Social Production of Civic Spaces, London: Routledge, 366-396 (2nd edition, 1st edition published in 2008). [PDF]

Lim, M.  (2009) Global Muslim Blogosphere: Mosaics of Global-Local Discourses, in M. McLelland and G. Goggin (eds.) Internationalizing Internet Studies: Beyond Anglophone Paradigms, London: Routledge, 178-195. [PDF]

Lim, M. and Padawangi, R. (2008) Contesting Alun-Alun: Power Relations, Identities, and the Production of Urban Spaces in Bandung Indonesia, International Development Planning Review, 30(3): 307-326. [PDF]

Lim, M. and Kann, M.  (2008) Networked Politics: Deliberation, Mobilization and Networked Practices of Agitation in K. Varnelis (ed.) Networked Publics, Cambridge: MIT Press, 77-107.[PDF]

Lim, M.  (2008) Bundling Meta-Narratives on the Internet: Conflict in Maluku in S. Tekwani (ed.), Media and Conflict Reporting in Asia, Singapore: Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), 170-198.

Lim, M. (2006) Cyber-Urban Activism and Political Change in Indonesia, Eastbound, 1(1): 1-19.  [PDF]


COMM 5214F Communication & Globalization

COMM/JOUR 3405A Communication in a Global Context

Hyungwoo Lim defends his thesis "Interactive effects on biomass production between nitrogen and water availabilities in boreal forests".

Biomass production in boreal forests is mainly nitrogen (N) limited, so alleviating this limitation can improve productivity. As the climate warms, N limitation is expected to be reduced, which, in turn, could result in enhanced biomass productivity. However, empirical evidence from long-term studies is scarce. In addition, although water availability may constrain biomass production once N limitation has been partly or fully alleviated, little is known about the effect of the interaction between N and water availabilities on biomass production.
In this research, I first examined the interactive effect on biomass production between N and water availabilities, based on field experiments in a Norway spruce forest and a Scots pine forest, supplementing these results with additional data from a literature survey. Nitrogen additions enhanced biomass production in both types of forest, while water availability only affected production in the pine forests in which N limitation had been partly or fully alleviated. In Scots pine forests, biomass production increased with increasing precipitation as the rate of N addition also increased. These forests are N limited, but the sigmoidal response to N additions indicates that even under moderate N supply, N availability meets their demand if precipitation is near average, and N limitation increases with increasing precipitation.
Second, I examined the effect of soil warming on biomass production in the Norway spruce forest. The treatments comprised fertilization and soil warming (+5°C) at a plot scale of 100 m2 for 18 years. Increased biomass production in association with soil warming was only observed in the unfertilized plots, suggesting that the enhanced biomass production was mediated by increased N availability. However, the enhancement was ephemeral and, therefore, not of sufficiently long duration to significantly enhance biomass accumulation. Foliar nutrient analyses together with the findings from earlier studies of the same plots, suggest that soil warming shifted N uptake to deeper soil and may increase C stock in the mineral soil.
Synthesizing the above results, I conclude that 1) biomass production of N limited boreal forests is strongly responsive to N additions following a sigmoidal curve, but the magnitude of response may depend on soil water availability, and 2) a warmer climate may not alleviate N limitation and thus will not increase biomass accumulation.

Link to thesis:
Author / Respondent: MSc Hyungwoo Lim
External reviewer / Opponent: Prof. Tom Gower, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University, USA
Time: 2017-12-01 10:00
City: Umeå
Location: P-O Bäckströms sal

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