Public Sector PhD

Early november, it was confirmed that Kristiansand municipality and the regional hospital, in collaboration with the University of Agder, has been granted two doctoral applications by the Research Council of Norway, in the new scheme called “Public Sector PhD”.

– I am very happy that UoA has got two of the first research fellows in the “Public Sector PhD” scheme. They will be working with very relevant and important questions, says Torunn Lauvdal, Rector of the University of Agder, in a press release.

My fellow PhD students got their funding!

Health Technology

Via this scheme public sector employees can apply for funding for a PhD. They will focus on research issues of interest to the public sector, and the work will hopefully result in the public sector strengthening its services.

The PhD students, Kirsti Askedal and Geir Thore Berge, received two doctoral scholarships, and both of them will do research on health technology. Now that they got their funding, they can fully focus on the PhD work. And we are of course very happy for them smiley

Does research on efficiency

Kirsti, who is a trained nurse and has a Masters degree in health science, is now employed in Kristiansand municipality. She will do research on the economic and human benefits of efficiency and change initiatives in the municipal health and care sector.

– This is incredibly exciting. I’m looking forward to getting started, says Kirsti in the press release.

Patient Data

Geir Thore is employed at the regional hospital in Kristiansand and is managing the unit dealing with clinical ICT systems. He is a trained nurse and has a Masters degree in Information Systems.

Geir Thore will investigate the structuring of information and patient data in healthcare, and he will also look at how patient records can be structured better.

Successful eGovernment Workshop

Our centre held a workshop on eGovernment on the 15th and 16th of September with guests from Sweden, Denmark and New Zealand(!). We had some interesting discussions on future collaboration on research projects, seminars, PhD and master courses and so on. The scholars presented their ongoing and completed research, and a proposal from a PhD student was also presented. During this last session, students from a course in eGovernment was present and took part in the discussion. We look forward to further collaboration!

eGov workshop 16.09.2014

eGov workshop 16.09.2014

Best paper at EGOV 2014

The annual international IFIP Electronic Government (EGOV) conference is the European core conference in the domain of ICT in the public sector. Each year, scholars from all over the globe present the state of the art and most recent innovations in e-government, e-governance and related fields of study. Since its beginnings in 2001, the EGOV conference has provided important guidance for research and development in this fast-moving domain of study. The IFIP EGOV conference brings together leading researchers and professionals from across the globe and from a number of disciplines. E-government research demonstrates its relevance to practice and, consequently, influences and shapes government strategies and implementations. Conversely, e-government practice also inspires e-government research. EU eGovernment initiatives are presented and discussed, as well as a variety of papers within the field of eGovernment.

This year, the conference was held Sep. 1st – Sep. 3rd in Dublin @ Trinity College and gathered approx. 80-90 scholars in the eGov research field. Four scholars from Centre for e-government at University of Agder attended the conference: Leif S. Flak (associate professor), Carl Erik Moe (associate professor), Øyvind Helland (PhD Research Fellow) and Helle Zinner Henriksen (employed at Copenhagen Business School). Former PhD Research Fellow at the University of Agder (and now associate professor at Buskerud and Vestfold University College) also attended the conference.

Participants @ EGOV 2014

Some of the participants @ EGOV 2014:
Øyvind Hellang, Frank Bannister, Carl Erik Moe, Leif S. Flak and Helle Zinner Henriksen

This year, two papers from our department were competing for the same award for the first time! One of the nominees was the paper “Proposing an Entrepreneurial Process for Co-creation of IT Value” by Hans Solli-Sæther and Leif Skiftenes Flak. However, it was Carl Erik Moe and Maung K. Sein who won the award for the most compelling, critical research reflection with their paper “Dialectics and contradictions in public procurement of Information systems”. Congrats to our good colleagues for this great achievement! It’s also worth mentioning that Marius Rohde Johannessen also got nominated for the best paper award (in another category). We already look forward to next year’s conference!

Carl Erik Moe receives the best paper award for the most compelling, critical research reflection

Carl Erik Moe receives the best paper award for the most compelling, critical research reflection

Open position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow

The University of Agder invites applications for a temporary full-time position for a period of two years as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Information Systems. The position is located at Campus Gimlemoen, Kristiansand, Norway. The starting date is negotiable.

The position is intended to strengthen two of the focused research areas in the Department of Information Systems: e-Government and emergency management information systems. This research is organized in two centres, Centre for eGovernment ( and Centre for Integrated Emergency Management (, and the research fellow will be affiliated with both centres.

The post-doctoral fellow will be expected to contribute to research on how ICT may facilitate collaboration and interoperation between actors involved in emergency management, across municipal, regional and national levels. The objective is to support effective information sharing between emergency management stakeholders through integration of information from available sources, contributing to enhanced resilience and situational awareness. Of particular interest is the role of emerging technologies and social media for facilitating e-Participation and citizen engagement in different phases of emergency preparedness and management. Knowledge and experience with analysis of open data is also considered relevant. The post-doctoral fellow will work with representatives from local government and from emergency management stakeholders, and is expected to contribute to developing applications for relevant project calls from national and international funding sources.

Full position announcement:
Application deadline: August 31st, 2014

For more information, please contact:

Bjørn Erik Munkvold
Department of Information Systems
University of Agder
Post box 422, 4604 Kristiansand, Norway
Ph. +47 38141772 / Mob. +47 48125922