Dr Aim Sinpeng
BA Connecticut College, MA University of Toronto, PhD University of British Columbia.
H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney
Aim’s research interests centre on the relationships between digital media, political participation and political regimes in Southeast Asia. She is particularly interested in the role of social media in shaping state-society relations and inducing political and social change. She is the co-founder of the Sydney Cyber Security Network and a Thailand country coodinator for the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. Aim has served as the Expert Contributor for Varieties of Democracy, which measures degrees and types of democracy, and is currently a Research Associate of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto. In 2014, she was awarded a Young Southeast Asian Fellow by the prestigious Southeast Asia Research Group in recognition for her promising scholarship on Southeast Asia.Her previous works examine popular movements against democracy in democratizing states, particularly in Thailand.Prior to her academic career she has worked for the World Bank, the Government of Thailand and in investment banking. Aim is also a regular commentator on Southeast Asian politics for the ABC, SBS, CBC, Channel News Asia, Al Jazeera, CNBC and Sky News.
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- Comparative Democratisation and Authoritarianism
- Digital Media and Politics
- Social Movements
- Southeast Asian Politics
- Cyber Governance and Cyber Security
Teaching and supervision
- GOVT 3901 – Digital Politics
- GOVT 3980 – Democracy and Dictatorship
- GOVT 2331 – Social Change and Politics
- GOVT 6100 – Foundations of Comparative Politics
- GOVT 6101 – Political Regimes and Regime Transition
- GOVT 1101 – Introduction to Comparative Politics
Current research students
|Project title||Research student|
|Political changes through an election: electoral systems and regulations in Myanmar||Kihong MUN|
|The Ethnic Indian Minority and Political Legitimacy : An Analysis of Malaysia||Murali RAJARAM|
- Social Media and Online Protests in Southeast Asia
- Anti-Democratic Politics in Democratising States
- Political Participation Online in Southeast Asia
- Technology, Gender and Politics in Southeast Asia
Awards and honours
2016 Co-Founder, Sydney Cyber Security Network
2012 – 2016 “Varieties of Democracy” Expert Contributor for Southeast Asia, Multiple Funding Agencies
2015 Most Influential University of Sydney Staff on Twitter
2015 Associate Faculty Member, Sydney Democracy Network
2015 Associate Faculty Member, Centre for International Security Studies (CISS)
2015 - 2017 Thailand Coordinator, Sydney Southeast Asian Centre, University of Sydney
2014 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship
2014 Young Southeast Asian Fellow, Southeast Asian Research Group (SEAREG)
2008 – 2013 Full Doctoral Scholarships, University of British Columbia
2012 Visiting Research Fellowship, Department of Social and Political Change, Australian National University
In the media
"Thai Referendum and Bombings," The World Weekly, August 8, 2016
"Thailand and the Referendum on the Constitution," CNBC, August 7, 2016
"Duterte and Democracy in Southeast Asia," Weekend Sunrise, May 31, 2016.
"How Duterte Won the Election on Facebook," New Mandala, May 12, 2016.
"The Challenges of Studying Politics in Myanmar," SSPS Review, Issue 3, 2016.
"More Technology Doesn't Mean Less Inequality." The Conversation, Octobber 22, 2015.
"Consolidating Control in Cyberspace: Thailand." Jointly published by Asia Pacific Policy Forum and New Mandala, October 26, 2015.
"The Political Context behind the Bangkok Bombing," CNBC, August 18, 2015. Video here.
"Politics, Insurgency or Terrorism? What's behind the Bangkok blasts?" Channel News Asia, August 17, 2015. Podcast here
"ICT Companies and Internet Freedom," The Interpreter, May 18, 2015. Articlehere
"Yingluck's Trial and the Political Crisis in Thailand," China Radio International, May 20, 2015. MP3 here
"Article 44 and the Lifting of Martial Law in Thailand," Channel News Asia, April 1, 2015. MP3 here
"Online Campaign to Boycott Bali Building Steam," MSN News, February 19, 2015. Article here.
"V-Day Resistance to the Junta's Coercive Regime," New Mandala, March 1 2015. Article here.
"Tweeting the Revolution: the Politics of Change," Connecticut College Alumni Feature Article, January 28, 2015.
"Corruption, Morality and the Politics of Reform," Thai Data Points, November 15, 2014. Article here
“Thai Junta Tighten Grips on the Internet,” Global Voices Online, July 15, 2014. Articlehere.
“Thailand’s Cybercoup,” The Washington Post, May 27, 2014. Article here.
“Military, the Coup and Conflict Resolution in Thailand,” Security Sector Reform Resource Center, May 27, 2014. Article here.
“Tension in Thailand,” The Agenda with Steve Paikin, May 26, 2014. YouTube here.
“Thailand’s Information War,” New Mandala, May 24, 2014. Article here.
“When Havoc is a Political Strategy,” Open Canada, May 15, 2014. Article here.
“As Political Crisis Deepens, Thailand to Hold Another Election,” Global Voices Online, May 6, 2014. Article here.
“Thailand’s Bleak Future,” Open Canada, March 25, 2014. Article here.
"Cyber Security in the Era of Open Government," Co-Convenor, Sydney Cyber Security Network, November 17-18, 2016
"Thailand in Comparative Perspective: An International Symposium," Symposium Convenor. University of Sydney, September 26-28, 2016.
"Policy Roundtables: Democratic Updates from Southeast Asia," Speaker on Thailand. Sydney Southeast Asia Research Centre, July 29, 2016.
"Getting an Academic Job," Speaker. Asian Studies Association of Australia Postgraduate Workshop, ASAA Conference 2016, Canberra, July 4-7, 2016.
"New Mandala @10," Corall Bell School of the Asia Pacific, ANU, June 16, 2016.
"Politics, Democracy and Stability in Southeast Asia: Exploring the Implications of the 2016 Philippines Election." Presenter. May 25, 2016. Event sponsored by SSEAC and Sydney Ideas.
"Innovative Teaching in Southeast Asia: Policy Roundtable." Speaker. Online Innovations. May 13, 2016. Sponsored by SSEAC.
"Cyber Governance in Southeast Asia: Controls, Constrainsts and Censorship." Keynote Speaker. Mobile and Social Media in Southeast Asia. Workshop sponsored by SSEAC and Sydney Ideas. November 12-13, 2015.
"Power and Accountability." Panel Speaker, Sydney Ideas. November 5, 2015.
"Rethinking ICT for Development: The Failures of Tablet-Per-Child Policies in Developing Countries." Seminar Series, Melbourne Networked Society Institute. October 7, 2015.
"Digital Divide and Political Mobilization in Thailand: A Facebook Analysis." Speaker at Internet Policy Workshop, Swinburne University of Technology. October 5, 2015.
"Collective or Connective Action: Facebook Analysis of Cyber Movements in Thailand." Seminar Series, Department of Media and Communication, University of Sydney. September 25, 2015
"The Changing Dynamics of Digital Media and Political Mobilization in Thailand." Speaker, Thailand Forum 2015. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. July 27-8, 2015.
"Opposition to Democracy in Democratizing States: Evidence from Thailand." Speaker Series, Griffith Asia Institute, June 16, 2015.
"Advancing Digital Humanities," Keynote Speaker, Information Futures Series, June 3, 2015.
"Is ISIS a Bigger Threat to World Order than Communism during the Cold War," A Public Debate, Politics & Society, Sydney, June 2, 2015.
"Thailand Studies Workshop 2015," Speaker, Australia National University, April 30, 2015.
"Do Democracies Worsen Internet Freedom," Speaker, Co-hosted by Sydney Democracy Network and Sydney Southeast Asian Centre, March 18, 2015. Podcast available here.
"Peace and Security in the Quantum Age," Panel Speaker, The Q Symposium, Centre for International Security Studies, Sydney, March 26-28, 2015
- Internet, Politics and Democracy in Southeast Asia; Sinpeng A; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Faculty Research Incubator.
- Internet, Politics and Democracy in Southeast Asia; Sinpeng A; Sydney Southeast Asia Centre/Workshop Grant.
- Digital Media Method Workshop; Sinpeng A, Vromen A; School of Social & Political Sciences/SSPS Collaborative Research Support Scheme.
- Analysing Social Media Data of the Vietnam's 2016 National Assembly Election; Sinpeng A; Sydney Southeast Asia Centre/Mobility Grant.
- The Political Economy of Myanmar's Media Privatisation Post-2011 Reform; Sinpeng A; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/Faculty Cross-disciplinary Research Support Scheme for Social Impact.
- Authoritarian Politics Reading Group; Sinpeng A; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/SSSHARC Reading Group Scheme.
- Conference Funding; Sinpeng A; School of Social & Political Sciences/SSPS Conference Funding.
- Cyber Security in the Age of Open Government; Sinpeng A; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/SSSHARC Symposium Scheme.
- Cyber Security in the Age of Open Government; Sinpeng A; NSW Department of Industry/Conference Funding.
- Analysis of the Philippines 2016 Presidential Election; Sinpeng A; Sydney Southeast Asia Centre/Mobility Grant.
- Mapping the Political and Gender Biases in Southeast Asian Wikipedia Communities; Sinpeng A; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/Faculty Cross-disciplinary Research Support Scheme for Social Impact.
- Sydney Cyber Security Network; Sinpeng A; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/SSSHARC Collaborative Projects Support Scheme.
- Authoritarian Politics Research Cluster; Sinpeng A; School of Social & Political Sciences/SSPS Research Project Support Scheme.
- Social Media and Digital Citizenship; Vromen A, Martin F, Goggin G, Hutchinson J, Sinpeng A; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/SSSHARC Collaborative Projects Support Scheme.
- The Ebbs and Flows of Democracy in Southeast Asia; Sinpeng A; University of Sydney/Sydney Southeast Asia Centre.
- The Politics of Truth: Mapping 'Truth' Construction on Wikipedia during Thailand's Political Crisis; Sinpeng A; University of Sydney/Sydney Southeast Asia Centre.
- Facebook Analysis of Cyber Movements in Thailand; Sinpeng A; University of Sydney/Conference Grant.
- Cyber Governance in Southeast Asia; Sinpeng A; University of Sydney/Conference Grant.
- Mapping the Social Networks of Cyber Separatists: the Case of the Patani State Liberation Group; Sinpeng A; University of Sydney/Faculty Research Support Scheme.
- Online Political Engagement and Electoral Outcomes in Asia; Sinpeng A; RAND Corporation and the University of British Columbia/Research Grant.
- Digital Media and Political Participation in Southeast Asia; Sinpeng A; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada/Research Grant.
- Varieties of Democracy; Sinpeng A; Multiple Funding Agencies/Research Grant.