cindy lin

205C Hatcher Graduate Library
PhD student


My research is centrally concerned with the material and discursive processes by which image- and map-making practices and technologies become crucial for the financialization of forest land.

My current research extends from my previous ethnographic engagements with DIYbio and maker collectives to contemporary climate change discourse and policy-making in Indonesia, attending to the social worlds, material practices and infrastructure that mark the legibility of certain claims to knowledge, land and lives while keeping competing others invisible.

Part of several DIY hacker collectives such as DoIIIT and DIYbio SG, I entangle both theory and praxis in my research methodology, hoping to stretch the parameters of what constitutes scholarly production.

Areas of interest

Visual Representation in Sciences
Cartography and Mapping
Computer Vision
DIY hacking
Social Studies of Finance