Over the past two decades, Electronic Governance (EGOV) has emerged from its modest technological foundations to become a major transformative force for government organizations around the world: how they work, how they interact with citizens, businesses and one another, and how they contribute to public policy and create public value. However, with no universal model existing to inform EGOV development in different national, local and sectorial contexts, progress can be only achieved through the simultaneous pursuit of multidisciplinary EGOV research, which itself is rooted in the administrative, economic, engineering, legal, social, and other disciplines, policy and practice. This seminar will explain interactions between EGOV research, policy and practice, and initiate the seminar series to promote such interactions. The seminar will take place in the Fraterna Auditorium, which is located very close to the UNU-EGOV premises.
Tomasz Janowski, PhD, is the founding Head of UNU-EGOV, a newly established research, policy and leadership education organization focusing on the intersection of technology, governance and development, and located in Guimarães, Portugal. Over his 20 year career in the United Nations system, he lectured and organized activities in over 50 countries, founded and coordinates the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV), a leading conference in the area, and serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Government Information Quarterly, a leading journal in the area. His research, policy and education work focuses on the analysis, design and performance of technology-enabled governance in different national, local and sectorial contexts. His research and projects were funded by Macao Foundation, World Bank, Microsoft, UNDP, European Commission, Commonwealth Secretariat and several national governments.
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