Research

Overview

Our research produces and disseminates new knowledge about information and technology strategies that can foster government innovation and improve public services.

We bring together researchers from many disciplines to study problems from multiple perspectives with multiple research methods.

Our projects focus on significant questions in public administration, organizational studies, information science, public policy, and managerial practice. 

Our projects provide rich data and experiential learning opportunities (along with valuable research data for theses and dissertations) to study contemporary public problems and complex organizational settings.

Research sponsors include U.S. and international funders:

  • US National Science Foundation
  • Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
  • Mexican National Council of Science and Technology
  • The United Nations
  • The World Bank
  • US Department of Justice
  • Environmental Protection Agency


Student Technology Innovations Lab Experience (STILE)

The Student Technology Innovations Lab Experience (STILE) brings together University at Albany students, faculty, and researchers to help government agencies find solutions to pressing public problems. 

STILE provides governments with research, development, testing, and evaluation expertise while providing experiential learning. The program focuses on applying current or emerging technology to improve government operations or services. 

Experts and students develop prototypes, feasibility studies, and proof of concept solutions. Governments then use the result to make informed decisions on investments, policy development and work practices to maximize the benefits of using these technologies.

Past participants

  • New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)
  • Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)

Examples of research & development topics

What people are saying

  • "The STILE program has provided a tremendous opportunity for the Health Data NY program to expand its capability in presenting our own health data. We learned a great deal about what makes a good open dataset and ways to improve how we publish data." - Director of Health Data NY for NYSDOH

  • "My summer at CTG UAlbany went far beyond what I expected and I couldn’t have imagined a better experience. This project allowed me to learn new technologies, and explore different areas of computer science including data analysis, data manipulation, data visualization, web design, and more. My time at CTG UAlbany greatly enhanced my knowledge and reinforced how exploring different areas can be positive.” - Former student

  • “This was a great opportunity to learn about current technologies and apply them to a project with a big impact...I loved working at CTG. Thank you to CTG and UAlbany for helping me become a better developer.” - Former student

  • “As a researcher in training, I very much enjoyed working on a team made of people with different types of expertise...We were able to feed off one another’s ideas and accomplish more because our different skill sets complemented each other. I was so excited to see my ideas become actualized in our new data visualization tools, and that was one of the unique experiences that I enjoyed while working at CTG.” - Former student


Faculty & Research Fellows

CTG UAlbany works closely with a global network of researchers who serve as Faculty and Research Fellows.

Our Faculty Fellows come from various UAlbany departments, while Research Fellows come from external universities.

All Fellows actively engage in academic writing and new research activities; complementing our skills with their own.

See our current Faculty & Research Fellows here.


Visiting Scholars Program

Questions? Contact Managing Director Brian Burke

CTG UAlbany is open to visiting scholars to come here, work with us, and share research. This opportunity is available to advanced doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and academic professionals from all over the world and all related disciplines.

Successful applicants have:

  • Qualified Educational Background - Applicants should be formally affiliated with a recognized academic institution.

  • Experience Working in Applied Research Settings - Applicants should have experience in engaged scholarship with a focus on government organizations.

  • Ability to Work in a Team-based Setting - Projects rely on a team-based approach and strong relationships among the project staff.

  • Recommendation from a CTG UAlbany staff member or a CTG UAlbany research partner - Strong candidates typically have a recommendation.

Types of Visits

Short-Term Visits

Applications for visits of 1 month or less are accepted on a rolling basis. For short-term visitors, we ask that you submit your application to the visiting scholar coordinator at least 3 months prior to the date you wish to arrive.

Long-Term Visits

Individuals who are interested in visiting CTG UAlbany for longer than one month should submit their applications to the visiting scholar coordinator, according to the schedule below. Generally, the Center accepts only one to two long-term visitors during an academic semester.

Application Calendar

Although we operate year-round, we try to schedule visits according to the University at Albany’s academic calendar. All applications should be submitted to the visiting scholar coordinator.

Academic Calendar

Fall: End of August to Mid-December
Spring: Mid-January to End of May
Summer: June to Mid-August

Academic Due Dates

Fall Visits: April 1
Spring Visits: October 1
Summer Visits: February 1

Funding

The CTG UAlbany Visiting Scholar Program does not provide funding.

We provide workspace, basic research resources, and opportunities to meet with staff and others at the University.

All applicants must provide their own funding for travel, accommodations, and other expenses.

Important Logistics Information

CTG UAlbany is not located on the University at Albany's main campus.

Travel to the University requires a car or public transportation.

The University at Albany does not provide short- or long-term housing.

Visitors are responsible for finding their own lodging.

Application Materials

If interested, please provide the following information:

    • Curriculum Vitae - Applicant should be an established scholar at a recognized institution.

    • A Research Plan or Statement of Purpose, which includes:
      • The proposed dates of visit.
      • How you learned about CTG UAlbany.
      • Your interests and how they match CTG UAlbany projects or topic areas.
      • The goals and expectations you have for your visit.

Past Visting Scholars (30)

Ashish Balani

Ashish Balani

Current Position: Fidelity Investments
Year at CTG: 2018
Country: United States

Research Focus at CTG:

Ashish was a research assistant at CTG UAlbany before becoming a software engineer at Fidelity Investments in Boston in mid-2018.

During his time in Albany, he worked on a number of projects, including ERMS (Electronic Record Management System) and CMS (Content Management System).

Gabriela Pereira

Gabriela Pereira

Current Position: Postdoc Researcher at the Department for E-Governance, Danube University Krems, Austria
Year at CTG: 2018
Country: Brazil

Research Focus at CTG:

New capabilities for policymaking in cities, changing nature of the IT artifact in smart city research, governance structures in smart cities


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Lingjun Fan

Current Position: Research Director at the Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Year at CTG: 2018
Country: China

Research Focus at CTG:

Smart Cities, Big Data, Block Chain Technology, Computer Architecture.

With a background in information technology, his research focuses on how to construct a better information environment for building smart cities, and how to govern big data in government.

Marcelo Araujo

Marcelo Araujo

Current Position: Ph.D. Candidate in Business Administration at University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) in the School of Economics, Business and Accounting (FEA/USP)
Year at CTG: 2018
Country: Brazil

Research Focus at CTG:

From digital divide to digital inequalities, the implications from internet access and digital skills in harnessing online opportunities in Brazil.


Nidhi Vij

Nidhi Vij

Current Position: Assistant Professor - University of Mississippi
Year at CTG: 2018
Country: United States

Research Focus at CTG:

Open Government initiatives, Mobile technologies, Internet transparency

With a background in economics, her research focuses on the use of Information Communication Technologies (ICT), especially mobile technologies in public administration and in social welfare policies in a global comparative context.

Pierre Merolien

Pierre Merolien

Current Position: 2017-18 Hubert Humphrey Fellow (based out of Syracuse University)
Year at CTG: 2018
Country: Haiti

Research Focus at CTG:

Open government, e-government, technology policy, and management of technological development. Hands-on experience in emerging technologies and how innovative governments can use and govern them for the public good.


Alessia Neuroni

Alessia Neuroni

Current Position: Professor in the Department of Business, Health and Social Work at Bern University of Applied Sciences & Deputy Head of the University's E-Government Institute.
Year at CTG: 2016
Country: Switzerland

Research Focus at CTG:

During her time at CTG, Alessia's research focused on governance issues and design options for national data infrastructures. She met with several CTG staff to discuss shared research interests and explore potential areas of future collaboration.

Beatriz Barreto Brasileiro Lanza

Beatriz Barreto Brasileiro Lanza

Current Position: PhD Student in Business Administration at Federal University of the State of Paraná (UFPR) and Senior Analyst at IT Company of the State Government (CELEPAR).
Year at CTG: 2015
Country: Brazil

Research Focus at CTG:

During her time at CTG, Beatriz researched a conceptual eGovernment Business Model with a particular focus on low cost and long range technologies for developing countries.


Lili Fan

Lili Fan

Current Position: Associate Professor in Chang’an University, P.R. China
Year at CTG: 2015
Country: China

Research Focus at CTG:

During her time at CTG, Lili researched about the business models and the cooperation between government and private sector organizations in the fields of travel information and meteorology data services in China.

Shaohui Wang

Shaohui Wang

Current Position: Associate Professor in the School of Political Science and Public Administration, Wuhan University, P. R. China
Year at CTG: 2015
Country: China

Research Focus at CTG:

During his time at CTG, Shaohui researched about how to use social media to promote the innovation of government public services.


Cristiano Ramos Moreira

Cristiano Ramos Moreira

Current Position: Master's Student at the School of Business, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul
Year at CTG: 2014
Country: Brazil

Research Focus at CTG:

During his time at CTG, Cristiano conducted a review of the use of “smart sensors” in cities to help support CTG's smart cities program. He also worked on his research into smart city initiatives, looking specifically at New York City, to do further comparative work with his studies conducted in Porto Alegre; as well as worked on developing an approach for researchers who wish to work together on comparative analysis studies in Latin America.

David Valle-Cruz

David Valle-Cruz

Current Position: PhD Student and Adjunct Professor at Autonomous University of the State of Mexico
Year at CTG: 2014
Country: Mexico

Research Focus at CTG:

During his time at CTG, David studied new trends of technology implemented in e-government, trying to categorize the ideal technical features of electronic government systems that could help to improve efficiency and transparency and to reduce corruption.


Jorge Lheureux de Freitas

Jorge Lheureux de Freitas

Current Position: Master's Student at the School of Business, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul
Year at CTG: 2014
Country: Brazil

Research Focus at CTG:

During his time at CTG, Jorge conducted a review of “humans as sensors” in cities and presented his results to CTG staff to help support the Center’s smart cities program. He also worked on his master’s thesis and gave another presentation to CTG staff on his thesis and the Brazilian electronic voting system, which Jorge helped to design and implement.

Nur Sat

Nur Sat

Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Hitit University
Year at CTG: 2014
Country: Turkey

Research Focus at CTG:

During her time at CTG, Nur conducted research to complete her studies about sustainability concepts and smart cities and worked with CTG staff to support the Smart Cities Program and other research activities.


Zamira Dzhusupovat

Zamira Dzhusupovat

Current Position: Independent consultant and expert at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Year at CTG: 2014
Country: Kyrgyzstan

Research Focus at CTG:

During her time at CTG, Zamira collaborated on her shared interests in research and capacity building projects focused on electronic government development in post-Soviet countries.

Cláudio Sonáglio Albano

Cláudio Sonáglio Albano

Current Position: Lecturer and PhD student in Business Administration, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Year at CTG: 2013
Country: Brazil

Research Focus at CTG:

During his time at CTG, Claudio conducted research to complete his degree, focusing on Open government data: a value chain model proposal.


Lyudmila Bershadskaya

Lyudmila Bershadskaya

Current Position: Analyst, eGovernment Center, St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics, and Optics
Year at CTG: 2013
Country: Russia

Research Focus at CTG:

During her time at CTG, Lyudmila presented on the St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics, and Optics. 

Milena Yordanova Krumova

Milena Yordanova Krumova

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Management, Technical University, Sofia
Year at CTG: 2013
Country: Bulgaria

Research Focus at CTG:

During her time at CTG, Milena focused on her research in Web 2.0/3.0 applications for creating and sharing new knowledge, and in Public Administration 2.0, Enterprise 2.0 and Learning 2.0 principles, along with participating in several seminars, workshops, and presenting her research.


Hannu Larsson

Hannu Larsson

Current Position: Researcher and Teacher at Örebro University, Sweden
Year at CTG: 2012
Country: Sweden

Research Focus at CTG:

During his time at CTG, Hannu met with staff to discuss shared research interests, presented his research on Sustainability for eGovernment, and attended the ICEGOV 2012 conference.He also showed how us how Fika is done in Sweden, their morning social break ... we liked that!

Marie Anne Macadar

Marie Anne Macadar

Current Position: Associate Professor, School of Business at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Year at CTG: 2012
Country: Brazil

Research Focus at CTG:

During her time at CTG, Marie focused on internationalizing her research on Information Systems in Brazilian Public Health and contributed to current CTG projects. Current bio >>


Ignacio Criado

Ignacio Criado

Current Position: Professor, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Year at CTG: 2011
Country: Spain

Research Focus at CTG:

During his time at CTG, Ignacio conducted research about interoperability of e-Government developments in multi-level systems, with a special focus on the case of health policy in the United States and Spain. Current bio >>

Karim Hamza

Karim Hamza

Current Position: Academic Researcher, Maastricht School of Management (Netherlands); Part-Time Professor, American University (Egypt); and Approved Tutor, Edinburgh Business School (UK)
Year at CTG: 2011
Country: Egypt

Research Focus at CTG:

During his time at CTG, Karim gave a research discussion on governance structures for building democracy in Egypt, and met with CTG staff to plan future research collaborations focused on the use of social media in government. Current bio >>


Olivier Glassey

Olivier Glassey

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Swiss Graduate School of Public Administratio
Year at CTG: 2011
Country: Switzerland

Research Focus at CTG:

During his time at CTG, Olivier met with staff to talk about shared research interests and presented a research discussion on the tensions between privacy and transparency issues from a European perspective through proposing a model for data, identity, and privacy management. 

Rodrigo Sandoval Almazan

Rodrigo Sandoval Almazan

Current Position: Teaching Professor, State Autonomous University, Mexico
Year at CTG: 2011
Country: Mexico

Research Focus at CTG:

During his time at CTG, Rodrigo met with CTG staff and students to discuss open government, social media, and advancements in e-government research. He also shared his research about open government adoption in Mexico.


Antonio Cordella

Antonio Cordella

Current Position: Lecturer, Information Systems and Innovation Group, Department of Management, London School of Economics
Year at CTG: 2010
Country: Italy

Research Focus at CTG:

During his time at CTG, Antonio met with staff at CTG to talk about shared research interests and presented a research discussion about an e-Government enactment framework. Current bio >>

Lorenzo Madrid

Lorenzo Madrid

Current Position: Chief Technology Officer for the Latin America Region and World Wide Director for the Government Interoperability Initiative, Microsoft
Year at CTG: 2010
Country: Brazil

Research Focus at CTG:

During his time at CTG, Lorenzo worked with staff and graduate students on shared research interests. As part of his visit, he gave a presentation on The Economic Impact of Interoperability in Delivering Electronic Citizen Services and was guest lecturer at Theresa Pardo's Department of Public Administration and Policy class, Information Technology Innovation in the Public Sector.


Evgeny Styrin

Evgeny Styrin

Current Position: Senior Research Analyst, Institute for Public and Municipal Administration, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
Year at CTG: 2009-2010
Country: Russia

Research Focus at CTG:

During his time at CTG, Evgeny was an integral part of the project team gathering information on how New York State agencies used technology resources to capture, manage, and deliver the data required for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). In addition, he also worked in close contact with his colleagues at UAlbany's Rockefeller College, where he held a faculty affiliation for his Fulbright Fellowship.

Lin Zhu

Lin Zhu

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration of East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai
Year at CTG: 2008
Country: China

Research Focus at CTG:

During her time at CTG, Lin integrated herself as a member of various research project teams and was a co-author on several writing projects. She shared her work in China at a CTG research discussion, Improving Citizen Access to Government Information in China.


Enrico Ferro

Enrico Ferro

Current Position: Head of Business Model and Policy Innovation Unit at ISMB; Lecturer of Innovation Management in the Public Sector at International Labour Organization (UNITED NATIONS); Adjunct Professor at Polytechnic of Turin
Year at CTG: 2004-05
Country: Italy

Research Focus at CTG:

Enrico spent six months at CTG, during which he collaborated with researchers on a number of projects concerning the relationship between eGovernment and the digital divide, as well as the use of online auctions for the sale of government surplus property. Current bio >>

Marijn Janssen

Marijn Janssen

Current Position: Professor of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at Delft University of Technology
Year at CTG: 2004
Country: The Netherlands

Research Focus at CTG:

While at CTG, Marijn worked with staff on international e-government business models. At the 2005 eChallenges conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Anthony Cresswell, Marijn Janssen, and Luis Luna-Reyes received the Best Paper Award for Modeling Methods for Information Integration: Comparative Cases in e-Government. Current bio >>


Conferences

CTG UAlbany researchers and fellows participate in numerous top academic conferences each year around the world by presenting papers, facilitating workshops, and delivering keynote speeches.

We participate on the Advisory Boards, Organizing Committees and Program Committees to assist with the planning and preparation to ensure a conference's success.

These conferences are widely recognized as the most important outlets in the field of digital government around the world.


Publications

Over the last decade, CTG UAlbany researchers have been recognized among the top 10 scholars in the field of digital government worldwide based on publications and citations.

Our researchers also serve as editorial board members some of the best academic journals in the field of Digital Government.