Dr. Arul Chib is Associate Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information and Director of the Singapore Internet Research Center at Nanyang Technological University. Dr. Chib investigates the impact of mobile phones in healthcare (mHealth) and in transnational migration issues, and is particularly interested in intersects of marginalization. He has published over 75 research articles. Global collaborations with IDRC, Red Cross Red Crescent, Text to Change, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Vision have led to research grants of S$ 5Mn.
Dr. Chib won the 2011 Prosper.NET-Scopus Award for the use of ICTs for sustainable development, accompanied by a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, one of the highest honours in the European tradition. He has been awarded fellowships at Ludwig Maxmilians University and University of Southern California. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Annals of the International Communication Association and Mobile Media and Communication, and the Publication Committee of the International Communication Association.
Dr. Chib has been the Principal Investigator and Coordinator of the SIRCA(Strengthening Information Society Research Capacity Alliance) programmes since 2008, mentoring emerging researchers from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Dr. Chib’s research in twelve countries has been profiled in the media ranging from the United Nations Chronicle to the Singaporean press. He presented the keynote speech at Media Health Communication 2012 at LMU Munich and at Global Fusion 2015 at Texas A&M University. He was General Chair of the 7th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Development, and served on the organizing committees of IFIP 8.6 2013 and ICTD 2012.