About Us





Associate Prof. Arul Chib, Director

Arul Chib, PhD, studies mobile phone healthcare (mHealth) systems, investigating 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 has over 100 research publications and conference presentations.

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. He has been awarded fellowships at Ludwig Maxmilians University and University of Southern California. 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 nine 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. He was the General Conference Chair for ICTD2015, and a member of the organizing committees of the IFIP 8.6 2013 and ICTD 2012. Greater details may be found here.

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Prof. Ang Peng Hwa, Advisor

Ang Peng Hwa, a Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), former Director of SiRC and President of the International Communication Association (ICA), the first Asian to be elected, has strong interest in media law and policy research.

Prof Ang is the author of Ordering Chaos: Regulating the Internet (Thomson, 2005), which argues that the internet can be, is being and should be regulated. He was a member of 40-strong Working Group on Internet Governance that was appointed by then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to prepare a report for the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society.  

A lawyer by training, he worked as a journalist before going on to pursue a Master’s in Communication Management at the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in Mass Media at Michigan State University. 

In 2000, he was awarded a Fulbright fellowship at Harvard University; in 2001, he was a visiting scholar at Oxford University. Ang recently stepped down as chairman of the regional non-profit media organisation Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) and is one of the two vice-presidents of the Consumers’ Association of Singapore (CASE), and legal advisor to the Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore (ASAS). 


Prof. Eddie Kuo, Advisor

​Eddie C. Y. Kuo is Professor Emeritus and Founding Dean (1992-2003) of the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and a former member of NTU Council (2003-06). In 2003-05, he was appointed (founding) Interim Dean of the new School of Humanities & Social Sciences at NTU to plan and set up the new school. Before joining NTU, Prof Kuo had served as Head of Sociology Department, Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies, and Head of Mass Communication Department at the NUS. He is currently Academic Advisor to SIM University, Singapore, and serves in the Advisory Board of the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), Oxford University, UK.  

A sociologist by training, Professor Kuo’s research interests include communication policy and planning, new media and globalization, sociology of multilingualism, and emergent perspectives in Asian communication. He has published in Journal of Communication, Journal of Social Psychology, Journal of Psychology, Anthropological Linguistics, International Journal of Sociology of language, Marriage and the Family, The Information Society, Asian Survey, and Asian Journal of Communication.  

Prof. Kuo is the founding editor of Asian Journal of Communication (1990-2010). He has also served on the editorial/advisory boards of The Information Society (USA), Telematics and Informatics (The Netherlands), Journal of Asia-Pacific Communication (USA), Journal of Development Communication (Malaysia), Journal of International Communication (Australia), and Mass Communication Research (Taiwan).  

He was Vice President of International Association of Media Communication Research (IAMCR) in 2000-04, and currently Honorary Chairman of Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), Singapore. 


Hoan Nguyen, Project Officer

Hoan graduated with a Master of Mass Communication at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. She is interested in researching about social implications of ICTs, especially mobile phones and new media technologies, development studies, and gender issues. Prior to joining the Singapore Internet Research Center (SiRC), Hoan worked as a researcher at Multi-plAtform Game Innovation Centre (MAGIC) in NTU, involved in research activities concerning next generation digital games for non-leisure purposes to solve social issues and contribute to policy communication. 

At SiRC, Hoan has engaged​ in various research projects on ICTs for social changes and new media, conducted empirical fieldworks and contributed to theoretical building. She assists the Centre in kick-starting a research programme on Migrants, Marginalisation and Mobiles - a global collaborative project exploring roles of ICTs in the lives of marginalised migrants; and carry out projects revolving around the cross-cutting theme of gender. Additionally, Hoan's role is to manage the overall research and admin activities of the Centre, upkeep communication activities​, establish partnerships with international and local institutions, and assist in research grant applications. 


Caitlin M. Bentley, Research Associate

Caitlin is in the final stages of completing her PhD at the ICT4D Research Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her thesis explored the role of technology in mediating relationships between bilateral donors and civil society organisations (CSO). She is particularly interested in how technology can improve learning and accountability, specifically through opening up participation, collaboration and knowledge sharing processes. In 2012, Caitlin was awarded a fellowship with the UK’s Software Sustainability Institute as well as a Slawson Award for fieldwork from the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). 

Caitlin will be assisting the Centre in managing the research activities of SIRCA III, and will also be contributing to theory building and empirical research within the programme. 


Sandy Pek, Project Officer

Sandy graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business majoring in both management and marketing from the University of Newcastle, Australia. Upon her graduation, she was engaged by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to run the Asia Journalism Fellowship Programme, a joint initiative by Temasek Foundation and NTU. In 2015, she served as the finance and logistics manager at the prestigious Seventh International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD), held in Singapore. 

Currently, she handles the administrative​ and finance matters at SiRC and serves as the Finance and Logistics Manager for SIRCA III, a programme which funds two-year research projects led by senior researchers investigating open development topics in developing countries. In her leisure time, Sandy enjoys travelling and exploring new places.