Financial Support to Foster International Research on Global Collaboration, Urban Livability, Citizen Participation, and Public Health and Safety
Albany, NY - The University at Albany’s Center for Technology in Government (CTG) has selected four groups of international researchers to receive funding to advance digital government (DG) research on issues that cross national boundaries. The groups were chosen through a peer review of proposed research programs that would benefit from close collaboration of U.S. and international partners. U.S. participation in the groups will be supported by $280,000 over the next three years, made possible through a $1 million grant to CTG from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Digital Research Program (DG) earlier this year. The overall goal of that larger grant is to build and sustain an international digital government research community. The international participants in the working groups will receive similar financial support from their home institutions or research programs.
“Over the past decade, we have seen the emergence of a global field of inquiry at the intersection of government, society, and information and communication technologies,” said Sharon Dawes, director of CTG. “But because of the relative newness of the field, there is insufficient interaction among researchers in different countries compared to what one finds in more established scientific disciplines. These working groups are a targeted way to encourage advances in DG research topics that cross national boundaries.”
The four groups chosen will address transnational and comparative issues of governmental processes, organization, decision making, and citizen participation. The groups include team members from the United States, Australia, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Slovenia, and Switzerland.
The U.S. researchers come from a wide variety of academic institutions including American University, Arizona State, Boston University, Clark University, Claremont Graduate University, Columbia University, George Washington University, Harvard, New York Law School, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, University at Albany, University of Massachusetts, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, and University of Washington.
The individual working groups will convene over a three year period to develop joint research agendas on critical international questions, produce white papers on key topics, and initiate joint research projects to continue after the three-year start up period. “Mentoring and development of junior researchers and doctoral students will be an important part of each program,” said Valerie Gregg of the Digital Government Research Center at USC, a partner with CTG on the larger grant. “One of our goals is to introduce American scholars to international collaborations early in their careers in a way that will lead to sustained involvement in the global research arena.” The four working groups are:
In addition to supporting the working groups, CTG is also producing a reconnaissance study that summarizes the current state of international digital government research and launching an annual international institute for doctoral students. This project is being carried out in partnership with the Digital Government Research Center (DGRC) at the Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California. More information on this project can be found at: https://www.ctg.albany.edu/projects/dgi.
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