Lin, Chung-Hsi’s academic interest lies in science, technology, and society, with a particular focus on epistemology and the policies and history of science and technology. Later, serendipity brought him to engage in research on the local culture and history, community development, museums, local museums, cultural asset preservation, and other relevant areas. With epistemology and policy care as the central tenets spanning across disciplinaries, Lin attempts to develop localized cultural heritage studies and museology through participation in the research, development, narration, or evaluation of cultural policies, museum policies, community development policies, and science and technology policies.
In terms of social participation, Lin served as the chairman of the Yunlin County Community Hope Alliance Association in his early years to increase the attention paid to and the participation in local cultural activities by local culture and history workers and community workers. Subsequently, he served as the chairman first at the Taiwan STS Association and then at the Taiwan Heritage Society to promote the operation of the interdisciplinary academic community and alignment with social issues. During his tenure at the National Museum of Taiwan History, he promoted cultural equality, ranging from facility to accessibility and knowledge. Through collaborative curation between the public and private sectors and Taiwan Cultural Memory Bank, Lin promoted social participation based on collaborative-writing of the history.
In terms of education development, Lin participated or assisted in promoting the Mid-Term Master Plan for General Education, Modern Citizens’ Core Competencies Program, University Learning Ecosystem for Taiwan, Higher Education SPROUT Project, and Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation organized by the Ministry of Education. At National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Lin participated in the establishment of Taiwan’s first Department of Cultural Heritage Conservation, promoted autonomous learning and interdisciplinary exploration among students through the “curriculum establishment platform” and microcredits while working at the General Education Center. Lin pioneered in making the General Education Center offer a Bachelor Program in Interdisciplinary Studies targeting technically and artistically talented students who have difficulty adapting to the mainstream education system, thereby providing them with personalized learning plans and nurturing by nature. The gesture renders the institute to develop into a future college that offers innovative learning and can be deemed as innovation and entrepreneurship within the system.