Dr Aim Sinpeng is an award-winning educator whose research interests centre on the relationships between digital media, political participation and political regimes in South-East 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 coordinator for the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. Aim received a Teaching Excellence Award in 2017 and was named an ‘Emerging Female Leader’ in 2018 by the University of Sydney. Aim has served as the Expert Contributor for Varieties of Democracy and Bartelsmann Transformation Index, which measure degrees and types of democracy, and continued to consult for a number of international agencies.
Her other scholarly works examine popular movements against democracy in democratizing states, particularly in Thailand. Prior to her academic career she has worked for the World Bank, a Toronto-based investment bank, governments of Thailand and the Czech Republic and the New York State Democrat Party. Aim is also a regular commentator on South-East Asian politics for the ABC, SBS, CBC, Channel News Asia, Al Jazeera, CNBC and Sky News.