Our Faculty

Rajiv George Aricat

Assistant Professor (Grade – I)
  • Ph.D.: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2016)
  • M. Phil.: Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • MCJ (Communication & Journalism): University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram

“Rajiv Aricat completed Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2016. His research interests are at the intersections of ICT adoption, social and economic development and migration. He teaches Business Communication, and Qualitative Research Methods at the post-graduate level. He has published in a number of peer-reviewed journals including Information Society, International Journal of Communication and Journal of Information Technology & Politics.

Rajiv is one of the mentors of Mahatma Gandhi National Fellows for Tamil Nadu since 2021. He serves as a member of Birsa Munda Centre for Tribal Affairs, IIM Ranchi. Rajiv is also the co-chairperson of International Relations Office of the Institute.”

Teaching Areas

  • Business Communication, ICT, Society & Development


  • Research Fellow (2017-19): Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Research Associate (2014-17): Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Training & Consulting Areas

  • Business Communication (Written), Crisis Communication, Email & Social Media Communication in Professional Setting

Research Area

  • Social construction of technology, Information Communication Technology (ICT) and development, Domestic migration in India, International migration, Intercultural communication

Current Research Interests

  • Migration
  • Acculturation
  • ICT adoption
  • Qualitative Methods



  • Aricat, R., & Ling, R. (2018). Mobile communication and low-skilled migrants’ acculturation to cosmopolitan Singapore. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Journal papers:

  • Zhan, S., Aricat, R., & Zhou, M. (2020). New dynamics of multinational migration: Chinese and Indian migrants in Singapore and Los Angeles. Geographical Research, 58(4), 365–376. doi:10.1111/1745-5871.12397
  • Aricat, R., & Ling, R. (2020). Valuable information on recyclable waste: Mobile phones and the rationalization of the scrap-handling sector in Myanmar. The Information Society, 36(5), 242-251. doi:10.1080/01972243.2020.1805248
  • Aricat, R. (2018). Effacing the dilemma of the rumoring subject: A value-oriented approach towards studying misinformation on social media. Journal of Human Values, 28(1), 56-65. doi:10.1177/0971685817733576
  • Ling, R., Oreglia, E., Aricat, R., … Lwin, M. (2015). The use of mobile phones among trishaw operators in Myanmar. International Journal of Communication, 9, 3583-3600.
  • Aricat, R., Karnowski, V., & Chib, A. (2015). Mobile phone appropriation and migrant acculturation: A case study of an Indian community in Singapore. International Journal of Communication, 9, 2221-2242.

Methods case:

  • Aricat, R. (2021). Mixed methods in international migration research: Reflections on a multicity study. SAGE Research Methods Cases. doi:10.4135/9781529759570
  • Book chapters:

  • Ling, R., Panchapakesan, C., Aricat, R., … Lwin, M. (2017). Mobile communication in Myanmar. In G. Goggin & M. MacLelland (Eds.), The Routledge companion to global internet histories. London: Routledge.
  • Aricat, R., & Ling, R. (2016). Civic engagement in Myanmar: The promise and threat of mobile communication and the internet. In R. Wei (Ed.), Mobile media, political participation and civic activism in Asia: Private chat to public communication (pp. 123-142). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands. doi:10.1007/978-94-024-0917-8_7

Conference presentations:

  • Aricat, R. & Zhan, S. (2021, August 23–24). Influence of sending-state regime, institutions and culture on international migration: A comparison of two states in India. Workshop on ‘Sending State Regimes and International Skilled Migration: Asian Perspectives in the Age of Global Migration’, (online) Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. https://ari.nus.edu.sg/events/state-regimes/
  • Zhan, S., & Aricat, R. (2019, June). Integration and precarity: Comparing Chinese and Indian immigrants and local-born citizens in Singapore. Paper presented at International Metropolis Conference, Ottawa, Canada.
  • Chua, A. Y. K., Aricat, R., & Goh, D. (2017, September). Message content in the life of rumors: Comparing three rumor types. Paper presented at the Twelfth International Conference on Digital Information Management, Fukuoka, Japan. Available at https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8244643


  • 2011: Top-three paper award in the Honors symposium for Asian PhD students in Communication research, jointly organized by Nanyang Technological University, City University of Hong Kong, Yonsei University (Seoul) and Korea University (Seoul).