Emerging Topics in Electronic Government

Minitrack Description

The e-Government Emerging Topics minitrack provides a home for incubating new topics and trends in e-Government research. E-Government as an academic field is evolving; new directions of research and practice are emerging, while others are becoming accepted as foundational. These developments take place at the crossroads of different academic disciplines and in close connection to the practices in governments around the globe. However, the foundations of the field still need to be spelled out more explicitly and rigorously. This minitrack invites papers positioned in relation to the foundations of e-Government contributing to the evolution of the field, to clarifications and conceptualisations or addressing novel issues, trends, and uses of technology.

Submissions should speak specifically to how the research presented contributes to our understanding of this emerging field by relating to the research area and central developments in the field. Submissions have to show how they are contributing to the e-Government field by addressing an emerging topic.

Minitrack topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The conceptual and practice-based boundaries and foundations of the field of e-Government
  • Agendas for e-Government research and research roadmaps
  • Deep and innovative theoretical reflections about e-Government
  • Foundations and research methodologies for the study of e-Government
  • Ethics of e-Government from theoretical and practical views
  • The nature of inter- and multidisciplinary research designs in e-Government
  • E-Government education and competences
  • ICT-enabled policy-making and e-Government policy
  • Robotic technology in and for government
  • IT, government, and the diversity of population and citizens
  • Participatory approaches in e-Government, for instance co-production
  • Trust in and safe use of e-Government
  • Other topics as appropriate to the purposes of the minitrack

More information on the minitrack chairs:

Theresa A. Pardo, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center of Technology in Government at the University at Albany/ SUNY. She is responsible for overall strategic management at the Center along with building and nurturing CTGs research programs, applied projects, and public-private-academic partnerships. Theresa is also an Associate Research Professor of Public Administration and Policy at the University at Albany. She is one of the developers of UAlbany's Government Information Strategy and Management curriculum in public administration. Theresa is also an active member of the digital government professional community serving regularly on national and international advisory committees, editorial boards, and conference committees.

Elin Wihlborg is in Political Science at the Department of Management at Linköping University, Sweden. She holds a master's degree in Gender Studies from LSE and a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Linköping University. She has a Marie Curie fellowship for research on sustainable e-government, 2011-14. Her research addresses challenges of e-governance and in particular public e-services towards: multi-level governments, identity and citizenship, trust and legitimacy. Her research interests and publications extend across the fields of e-government, sustainable development and public administration. She has published in journals like Public works and administration, International Journal of E-Government, Journal of Electronic Democracy and open government and Sustainable Development.

Lei Zheng, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University. He also serves as the Director of the Lab for Digital and Mobile Governance at Fudan University. His research interests include open data and open government, cross-boundary information sharing, government use of social media and mobile public services. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, SUNY.


Theresa A. Pardo
(Primary Contact)

Center for Technology in Government
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
University at Albany, SUNY
187 Wolf Road, Suite 301 Albany, NY 12205, USA
Phone: +1-518-442-3892
Fax: +1-518-442-3886

Elin Wihlborg
IEI–Department of Management
Linköping University
SE-581 83 Linköping, Sweden
Phone: +46-1328-1578

Lei Zheng
School of International Relations and Public Affairs
Fudan University
Rm 619, Wenke Building
220 Handan Road
Shanghai, PR China
Phone: +86-21-5566-5676