Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Arul Indrasen Chib

Associate Professor

Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Phone: (+65)65148390
Office: WKWSCI 03-02

  • PhD(Communication) University of Southern California 2007
  • MA (Communication) University of Southern California 2004
  • MS Syracuse University 2000
  • PGDip (Mgt) Indian Institute of Management 1995
  • BA (Economics) University of Delhi 1993
Arul Chib is Director of SiRC, Chair of ICTD2015, and Coordinator of the SIRCA programme. Dr. Chib investigates the impact of mobile phones in healthcare (mHealth) and transnational migration issues, and is particularly interested in issues of gender. He is currently musing about the role of theoretical and empirical research in influencing policy, practice, and public opinion.
Ale, K., Loh, Y. (2017). Contextualized-OLPC education project in rural India: measuring learning impact and mediation of computer self-efficacy. Educational Technology Research and Development.
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.
Bentley, C. & Chib, A. (2016). The impact of open development initiatives in lower- and middle income countries: A review of the literature. The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries.
Nguyen, H., Chib, A., & Mahalingam, R. (2016). Mobile phones and gender empowerment: Enactment of ‘Restricted Agency’. ACM Proceedings of ICTD Conference.
Chib, A. (2015). Research on the impact of information Society Research in the Global South. New York: Springer.
Chib, A., Leon, L. K. , & Rahim, F. (2015). The impact of mFinance initiatives in the Global South: A review of the literature. In Impact of Information Society Research in the Global South. Springer.
Sundararajan, N., Sirajudin, M., Jinnah, M., & Chib, A. (2015). Migrants, Mobile Finance and Marginalization: Exploring Remittance Processes and "Ghettoization" in Singapore. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Chib, A. & Jiang, Q. (2014). Investigating modern-day Talaria: Mobile phones and the mobility-impaired in Singapore. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.
Chib, A., Wilkin, H., & Mei Hua, S. (2013). Singapore migrants workers' use of mobile phones to seek social support. Information Technologies & International Development.
Zhang, W. & Chib, A. (2013). Internet Studies and Development Discourses: The cases of China and India. Information Technology for Development.
Chib, A., Wilkin, H., & Hoefman, B. (2013). Vulnerabilities in mHealth implementation: Ugandan HIV/AIDS SMS campaign. Global Health Promotion.
Chib, A., Chia, W. S., Ng, S. H., Tran, K., P. (2013). Enabling informal digital “guanxi” for rural doctors in Shaanxi, China. Chinese Journal of Communication.
Chib, A. (2013). The promise and peril of mHealth for developing countries. Mobile Media & Communication.
Chib, A., et al. (2012). ASHA: The hope of information communication technologies in Indian rural healthcare. Journal of Health Informatics in Developing Countries.
Chib, A; Law, F., Ahmad, N., & Ismail, N. (2012). Moving mountains with mobiles: Spatio-temporal perspectives on mHealth in Nepal. MedieKultur.
Chib, A. & Aricat, R. (2012). Seeking the non-developmental within the developmental: Mobile phones in the globalized migration context. In New York: Routledge.
Ale, K. & Chib, A. (2011). Community factors in technology adoption in primary education: Perspectives from rural India. Information Technologies & International Development.
Chib, A. & Chen, V.H.H. (2011). Midwives with mobiles: A dialectical perspective on gender arising from technology introduction in rural Indonesia. New Media & Society, 12(3), 486-501.
Lee, S., Chib, A., & Kim, J-N. (2011). Midwives’ Mobile Phone Use and Health Knowledge in Rural Communities. Journal of Health Communication.
Chib, A. (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, A., Lwin, M.O., Lee, Z., Ng, W.V., & Wong, H.P.P. (2010). Learning AIDS in Singapore: Examining the effectiveness of HIV/AIDS efficacy messages for adolescents using ICTs. Knowledge Management & E-Learning.
Research Interests
Dr. 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, with one research trajectory 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 60 research articles. Global collaborations with IDRC, Red Cross Red Crescent, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Vision have led to research grants of S$ 5Mn.
At the Singapore Internet Research Center, Dr. Chib has 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 and Singapore. The SIRCA III programme is currently focused on theory-building in the area of Open Development, and runs till 2017.
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 Best Graduate Student Award of 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 in as many as a dozen countries has been profiled in the media ranging from the United Nations Chronicle to the Singaporean press. He has lectured at numerous global events and presented the keynote speech at the Media Health Communication Conference 2012 in Munich Germany. He is the General Conference Chair for ICTD2015, and a member of the organizing committees of the IFIP 8.6 2013 and ICTD 2012. He has been an expert speaker at events organized by UNESCO, UN-APCICT.
Dr. Chib has worked at the local level 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, China, Peru, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States of America.
Most recently, Associate Prof Arul Chib has released the SIRCA II co-edited volume ‘Impact of Information Society Research in the Global South’ (New York: Springer; ISBN 978-981-287-380-4). The international scholarly community has taken a variety of approaches to question the impact of information society research on populations in the Global South. This book addresses two aspects-Impact of research: How is the research on ICTs in the Global South playing a role in creating an Information Society? (for example, policy formulation, implementation in practice, and shaping of public opinion), Secondly, what does the Research on Impact reveal: What is the evidence for the impact of ICTs on society? The volume brings together a multiplicity of voices from developing countries and approaches within the social scientific community to address these vital questions.
Current Projects
  • Enhancing the Lives of Foreign Domestic Workers through Acquisition and use of ICTs
  • Exploratory Studies of Urban Asian Health Communication and Information
  • Impact of Mobile Phone on the Acculturation of South Asian Migrant Workers in Singapore
  • Investigating the Complementarities of Mobile Usage vis-à-vis public access telecenters
  • Low-cost computing in Child Education: Impact of User-Relevant Training & Ownership in the Asian Rural Context
  • Multi-million Dollar Deal for Laptops in Education: Assessing the Impact of OLPC on rural Asia
  • Virtual Installations for Fostering Acculturation: Assessing Mobile Locative Media for the Integration of Foreign Migrants
  • mHealth For Marginalized Populations
  • mHealth for Maternal and Infant Healthcare in Rural Papua New Guinea
Selected Publications
  • 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. & Jiang, Q. (2014). Investigating modern-day Talaria: Mobile phones and the mobility-impaired in Singapore. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 19(3), 695-711.
  • 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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