Arul Chib is Professor of Technology and Development at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He investigates emergent information and communication technologies as transformational tools in resource-constrained environments, with an emphasis on the socio-structural contexts of power within which social change occurs. His present research examines the agency, appropriation and innovative use of digital technologies by marginalized communities
Programmatically, Dr. Chib studies two broad domains, namely healthcare settings of developing countries and the context of transnational migration. His research, mentorship and teaching have contributed to the growth of the ICTD field in the Global South, and been recognized, amongst others by the 2011 Scopus Award in Sustainable Development, accompanied by a Humboldt fellowship.
Since 2020, Professor Chib is the CoEditor of the Gender, Technology, and Development journal, and serves on the editorial boards of Human Communication Research, Communication Yearbook, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, and Mobile Media and Communication. He is a member of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access committee of the International Communication Association.
He has lived and worked in India, Germany, the Netherlands, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, and the United States of America.