Singapore Internet Research Centre Directorship


Arul Chib is Director of The Singapore Internet Research Centre (SiRC), Chair of ICTD2015, and Programme Lead of the SIRCA programmes. Dr. Chib investigates the impact of mobile phones in healthcare (mHealth) and transnational migration issues, and is particularly interested in issues of gender.

(from left) Sue Helen, Sandy Pek, Assoc/P Arul Chib, Yvonne Lim, Caitlin Bentley and Asst/P Natalie Pang

Editorial Board Member


  • Annals of the International Communication Association (2015-current)
  • Mobile Media & Communication Journal (2012-current)
  • Electronic Journal on Information Systems in Developing Countries (Senior Editor 2013-2016)
  • Communication Yearbook Volume (37-39)
  • Human Communication Research (2010-2012)
  • International Journal of Game-Based Learning (2009-2014)

Journal Reviewer


  • Information Systems Journal (2016)
  • Information Technologies and People (2014-2015)
  • Journal of Health Communication (SSCI) (2011 - 16)
  • Journal of Personalized Medicine (2015)
  • Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare (2015)
  • Mobile Media & Communication (2012 - 16)
  • National Research Foundation Singapore (2015)
  • New Media & Society (SSCI) (2010 - 16)
  • Singapore Millennium Foundation (2015)
  • South African National Research Foundation (2015)
  • African Health Sciences (2013)
  • AIDS Care (SSCI) (2013)
  • Chinese Journal of Communication (SSCI) (2013)
  • Communication Yearbook (2013 - 14)
  • Human Communication Research (SSCI) (2012)
  • IC-IMPACTS Canada-India Research Centre of Research Excellence (2014)
  • Information Technologies and International Development journal (2007 - 12)
  • International Journal of Game-Based Learning (2010 - 12)
  • Methods of Information in Medicine (2014)
  • Michael Smith Foundation for Medical Research (2014)
  • Telecommunications Policy (2014)
  • Telematics and Informatics (2014)
  • Asian Journal of Communication (SSCI) (2008 - 10)
  • Bulletin of the World Health Organization (SSCI) (2011)
  • European Journal of Integrative Medicine (2014)
  • Health Promotion International (SSCI) (2011)
  • International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management (2010)
  • International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology (2012)
  • Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research (2009)
  • Knowledge Management & E-Learning (2011)
  • Media Asia Journal (2010)
  • Plaridel Journal of Philippines (2010)

Session Chair/Organizer at Conferences


Respondent, Cross disciplinary research: challenges and opportunities, Roundtable on mHealth research in Asia-Pacific: Collaboration for sustainability, Queensland University of Technology, 31 August 2016.

Organizer, Blue Sky Workshop, The Future of mHealth Interventions, International Communication Association Conference 2016, Fukuoka, Japan, 9-13 June 2016.

Open Session Organizer, ICT for Forced Migration & Refugees Organizers and their Institutional Affiliations, 8th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development 2016, Michigan, June 2016.

Organizer, SIRCA III Workshop, 8th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development 2016, Michigan, June 2016.

Session Chair, Debating Open Development: Sharing and Interrogating Experiences of Developing Cross-Cutting Theory in ICTD, 8th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development 2016, Michigan, June 2016.

Session Chair, Infrastructure and Access, UNESCO Regional Policy Forum on Open, Distance and eLearning, Bangkok, November 23-24, 2015.

Organizer, SIRCA III Open Development Mini Unconference, Bangalore, October 2015.

Competitive winner of Conference Chair for 7th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development 2015, Singapore, May 2015.

Organizer, Blue Sky Workshop, The Future of mHealth Interventions, International Communication Association Conference 2015, Puerto Rico, 21-25 May, 2015.

Founder and organizer, Mobile Communication Interest Group, International Communication Association Conference 2015, Puerto Rico, 21-25 May, 2015.

International Service Collaboration and Volunteer Service


2015             Population Services International, Papua New Guinea

2015             Chennai Flood Victim donation drive at WKWSCI

2010-12     Udaan educational NGO, India

2011-12     Text-to-Change NGO, Uganda

2010-11     AIDHA NGO for migrant workers, Singapore

2009             Nyaya Health, Nepal

2006-08     World Vision International, Seattle

2005-08     World Vision Asia Tsunami Relief, Singapore

2004             Instituto Peruano de Paternidad Responsible, Peru