Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Arul Indrasen Chib

Associate Professor, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information

Email: arulchib@ntu.edu.sg
Assoc Prof Arul Indrasen Chib

Biography
Assoc Prof.. Chib investigates the impact of mobile phones in healthcare (mHealth) and transnational migration issues, and is particularly interested in issues of gender. Dr. Chib has held positions as Director of the Singapore Internet Research Centre, Chair of ICTD2015, and Coordinator of the SIRCA programme, and is currently Principal Investigator on a Ministry of Education Tier II grant.
Chib, Bentley & Wardoyo (2019). Distributed contexts of digital media and learning: Open practices as a response to marginalization. Comunicar
Chib & Nguyen (2018) Gender Identity as resilience and resistance: Mediated cultural practices of Vietnamese foreign brides in Singapore. International Journal of Communication
Chib, Wardoyo & Lai (2018) Differential OER impacts of formal and informal ICTs: Employability of female migrant workers. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning
Bentley, Chib, & Poveda, (2018) A critical narratives approach to openness: The impact of open development on structural transformation. Information Systems Journal
Chib (2018) Afterword: Reflections on a Decade of mHealth Innovation in Asia. In Baulch, Watkins & Tariq (Eds), mHealth Innovation in Asia. Dordrecht: Springer
Ale, Loh & Chib (2017) Contextualized-OLPC education project in rural India: measuring learning impact and mediation of computer self-efficacy. Educational Technology Research and Development
Chib & Aricat (2016) Belonging and communicating in a bounded cosmopolitanism: The role of mobile phones in the integration of transnational migrants in Singapore. Information, Communication and Society
Chib, van Velthoven & Car (2015) mHealth adoption in low-resource environments: A review of the use of mobile healthcare in developing countries. Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives.
Chib, May & Barrantes (Eds.) (2015). Impact of Information Society Research in the Global South. New York: Springer.
Chib & Jiang (2014) Investigating modern-day Talaria: Mobile phones and the mobility-impaired in Singapore. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
Chib, Malik, Aricat & Kadir (2014) Migrant mothering and mobile phones: Negotiations of transnational identity. Mobile Media & Communication
Chib, Wilkin & Mei Hua (2013) Singapore migrants workers' use of mobile phones to seek social support. Information Technologies & International Development
Chib (2013) The promise and peril of mHealth for developing countries. Mobile Media & Communication
Chib, Wilkin & Hoefman (2013) Vulnerabilities in mHealth implementation: Ugandan HIV/AIDS SMS campaign. Global Health Promotion
Chib, Chia, Ng, & Tran (2013). Enabling informal digital “guanxi” for rural doctors in Shaanxi, China. Chinese Journal of Communication
Chib & Harris (Eds.) (2012) Linking Research to Practice: Strengthening ICT for Development Research Capacity in Asia. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.
Chib, Law, Ahmad & Ismail (2012) Moving mountains with mobiles: Spatio-temporal perspectives on mHealth in Nepal. MedieKultur
Chib, Wilkin, Leow, Hoefman & van Bejima (2012) Evaluating the effectiveness of a text message HIV/AIDS campaign in North West Uganda. Journal of Health Communication
Chib & Chen (2011) Midwives with mobiles: A dialectical perspective on gender arising from technology introduction in rural Indonesia. New Media & Society
Lee, Chib & Kim (2011). Midwives’ Mobile Phone Use and Health Knowledge in Rural Communities. Journal of Health Communication
Chib (2010) The Aceh Besar midwives with mobile phones project: Design and evaluation perspectives using the information and communication technologies for healthcare development model. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
Chib, Chiew, Kumar, Lim, & Komathi (2009) [minus]plastic: Influencing pro-environmental attitudes among Singaporean youth. Environmental Education Research
Chib, Lwin, Ang, Lin & Santoso (2008) Midwives and mobiles. Asian Journal of Communication.
Research Interests
Assoc. P[rof. Arul Chib pursues action-oriented research in varied cross-cultural contexts. His research agenda focuses on the impact and role of mobile phone in (a) healthcare systems in resource-constrained environments of developing countries, and (b) transnational migration to developed countries. He investigates the key factors influencing the adoption of technology for positive health outcomes, and has engaged in the design and development of healthcare technology systems spanning online and mobile platforms. He increasingly interested in issues of power, focusing on the intersection of gender with technology, and the role of agency and appropriation in the achievement of goals ranging from socio-economic development, human well-being and empowerment, and societal change. He has published over 80 research articles.
As Director of the Singapore Internet Research Center, Dr. Chib led the SIRCA programme (established 2008), mentoring 30 emerging country researchers in Asia, Africa and Latin America, with mentoring events in Atlanta, Bangkok, Cape Town, Jamaica, Mauritius, Michigan, and Singapore.
Dr. Chib's contributions have led to a number of research awards, including the 2011 Prosper.NET-Scopus Award for the use of ICTs for sustainable development. This award was accompanied by a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, one of the highest honours within the European scholarly tradition. He has been awarded fellowships at Ludwig Maxmilians University and University of Southern California, and the S. I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. He serves on the editorial boards of Human Communication Research, Communication Yearbook, and Mobile Media and Communication, and is Senior Editor of The Electronic journal for Information Systems in Developing Countries.
Dr. Chib’s research has been profiled in the international such as the United Nations Chronicle. He presented keynote speeches at the Media Health Communication Conference 2012 in Munich Germany and Global Fusion Conference at Texas A&M University. He was General Conference Chair for ICTD2015, and on organizing committees for IFIP 8.6 2013 and ICTD 2012. He has been an expert speaker at events organized by UNESCO and UN-APCICT.
Dr. Chib has worked with non-governmental agencies such as INPPARES, Nyaya Health, Text to Change, Udaan, UNICEF and World Vision, securing external grants worth over S$ 5 million. Arul has lived and worked extensively in India, Indonesia, Canada, China, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, and the United States of America. Dr. Chib is currently PI for MOE TIER 2 grant worth S$ 602,856 examining digital nativism.
LATEST PUBLICATIONS
Chib, Bentley, & Wardoyo (2019). Distributed contexts of digital media and learning: Open practices as a response to marginalization. Comunicar
Brew-Sam & Chib (2019). How do smart device apps for diabetes self-management correspond with theoretical indicators of empowerment? An analysis of app features. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Rossmann, Riesmeyer; Brew-Sam, Karnowski, Joeckel, Chib, & Ling (2019). Appropriation of mHealth for Diabetes Self-Management: Lessons from two qualitative studies. JMIR Diabetes
Chib, & Shi (2018) Structured imaginings: Social media as a tool to reduce intergroup prejudice. Intercultural Communication Studies
Chib & Lin (2018) Theoretical advancements in mHealth: A systematic review of mobile apps. Journal of Health Communication
Loh, & Chib (2018) Tackling social inequality in development: Beyond access to appropriation of ICTs for employability. Information Technology for Development
Kang, Ling & Chib (2018) The flip from fraught to assumed use: Mobile communication of North Korean migrant women during their journey to South Korea. International Journal of Communication
Current Projects
  • Effects Of Diabetes App Use In Chronic Disease Management-A Singaporean-German Collaboration On Empowerment ForDiabetes Self-Management (SGP-PROG3-016)
  • ICTs for Employability and Empowerment: An Analytical Framework for Addressing The Digital Divide in Urban Livelihoods
  • Mobile Phone Use At The Intersection: The Case Of Rural-Urban Female Migrant Workers Within China
  • Mobile gamification strategies to manage online emergence of nativism
  • Supplementary Fund
  • The 3M Project: Migrants, Marginalization And Mobiles (The3M Project)
  • mHealth For Marginalized Populations
Selected Publications
  • Chib, A. & Nguyen. H. (2018). Gender Identity as resilience and resistance: Mediated cultural practices of Vietnamese foreign brides in Singapore. International Journal of Communication, .
  • Chib, A. & Aricat, R. (2016). Belonging and communicating in a bounded cosmopolitanism: The role of mobile phones in the integration of transnational migrants in Singapore. Information, Communication and Society, 1-15.
  • Chib, A., van Velthoven, M., & Car, J. (2015). mHealth adoption in low-resource environments: A review of the use of mobile healthcare in developing countries. Journal of Health Communication, 20(1), 4-34.
  • Chib, A., Malik,S., Aricat, R.G.,& Kadir, S.Z. (2014). Migrant mothering and mobile phones: Negotiations of transnational identity. Mobile Media & Communication, 2(1), 73-93.
  • Chib. A. & Chen H-H.V. (2011). Midwives with mobiles: A dialectical perspective on gender arising from technology introduction in rural Indonesia. New Media & Society, 12(3), 1006-1023.

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