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

The Center for Technology in Government (CTG UAlbany) welcomes scholars and practitioners engaged in research and practice related to the adoption and use of information and technology by public organizations. We welcome three types of visitors:

1)    Visiting scholars: Scholars and faculty members outside of the University at Albany with a PhD degree and whose primary purpose during their stay is to conduct independent research, contribute to CTG UAlbany’s current research projects, and build research networks.
2)    Visiting student researchers: Graduate students who are currently enrolled in a doctorate degree program at a university and whose primary purpose during their stay is to accumulate hands-on research experience on the topic of his/her doctoral dissertation under the guidance of CTG UAlbany faculty, staff, and fellows. Visiting PhD student researchers must be at least in their second year into the program.
3)    Visiting professional fellows: Individuals working in public and private organizations with a University graduate degree, at least five years of working experience, and whose primary purpose during their stay is to discuss ideas and potential projects to be implemented in their organizations with CTG UAlbany staff.

Applications will be accepted for short periods of time (between two and eight weeks), for one semester (fall or spring, may or may not include the winter/summer), and for two semesters (may or may not include the winter/summer). We will not consider applications that are longer than one year. In addition, applicants may choose between an in person stay, which would take place in Albany, NY, or a virtual stay, which would take place remotely. Virtual visitors are not eligible for short periods of time.

Application process

Applications may be submitted once a year between September 1 and October 31. We will not consider applications that are not submitted within this period of time. If you are interested in applying, please, send all of the following materials to Mr. Brian Burke, CTG UAlbany’s Managing Director:


1)    A cover letter, no more than two pages long (500 words) and on university/institution letterhead, that includes:

  • The applicant’s home university/institution and position.
  • The type of visitor and the type of stay (in person/virtual).
  • The preferred start and end dates of the stay/online commitment. Please, notice that stays should not start sooner than December 15 or later than September 1 of the following year.
  • A brief (no more than one paragraph – 300 words) overview of the goal of the stay.


2)    An updated CV or resume.
3)    A detailed statement, 3-5 pages long, that includes at least:

  • Information about the purpose of the visit/online commitment and desired dates of stay/online commitment, description of the project(s)/activity(ies) to be undertaken during the stay/online commitment.
  • Proposal of deliverables (see below).
  • Proposal of CTG UAlbany’s individual/s the applicant would like to be mentored by/work with. Please, take into account that, although you will be assigned a mentor/host, we may not be able to accommodate your request of working with a specific person.
  • An explanation of how the stay/online commitment at CTG UAlbany is critical for the applicant and will further his/her career development.

4)    One letter of recommendation from a past CTG UAlbany visiting scholar or past or current CTG UAlbany collaborator. If the applicant does not know anyone related to CTG UAlbany, then, three letters of recommendation will be needed.

All applicants will receive a decision letter by November 15.

Deliverables

Along with their mentors/hosts at CTG UAlbany, and depending on the length of their stay (or commitment for online visiting scholars), all three types of visitors will have to agree with one or more of the following deliverables in advance:

1)    Visiting scholars:

  • Deliver a formal presentation/lecture (required)
  • Engage in formal or informal discussions with CTG UAlbany’s graduate students
  • Present guest lectures in ITM (Information and Technology Management) classes
  • Undertake collaborative research with CTG UAlbany faculty or staff by identifying research grants and potential joint research projects, producing a joint article, producing a joint paper/poster for a conference, co-editing a special issue in a journal, etc.
  • Organize a joint research colloquium
  • Other (to be determined between the visiting research scholar and her/his mentor)

2)    Visiting student researchers:

  • Deliver one formal presentation on his/her work-in-progress (required)
  • Engage in formal or informal discussions with CTG UAlbany’s students
  • Produce a joint article or conference paper/poster
  • Other (to be determined between the visiting student researcher and her/his mentor)

3)    Visiting professional fellows:

  • Deliver one formal presentation on his/her organization (required)
  • Produce a report of work done during his/her stay at CTG UAlbany and why it was useful
  • Other (to be determined between the visiting professional fellow and her/his mentor)


Other important information

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

For in person stays, please, notice that CTG UAlbany is located on the University at Albany's main campus and that travel to the University requires a car or the use of public transportation.

In addition, the University at Albany does not provide short- or long-term housing. Visitors are responsible for finding their own lodging.

 

 

Past Visting Scholars (33)

Mergime Ibrahimi

Mergime Ibrahimi

Current Position: Master of Science in Public Sector Innovation and eGovernance (PIONEER)
Year at CTG: 2019
Country: Kosova

Research Focus at CTG:

Mergime worked on a master thesis during her time at CTG UAlbany as part of an Erasmus Joint Master program between three universities. She spent her first semester at KU Leuven (Belgium), the second semester at University of Münster (Germany), and the third semester at Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia). She was pursuing a Master of Science in Public Sector Innovation and eGovernance (PIONEER).

Thomaz Barbosa

Thomaz Barbosa

Current Position: Ph.D. Candidate in Government and Public Administration
Year at CTG: 2019
Country: Brazil

Research Focus at CTG:

Thomaz's focus at the CTG was to finish writing his thesis about the process of opening government data in the Municipality of São Paulo His specialties include government accountability, democratic governance, transparency and open government data.


Tiejun Gu

Tiejun Gu

Current Position: Donghua University, China
Year at CTG: 2019
Country: China

Research Focus at CTG:

Tiejun is an associate professor at College of Humanities, Donghua University, China.

Her current research interests mainly focus on digital government, new media communication, information and knowledge management, especially government communication and citizen engagement in social media environments.

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.


Call for Papers

The 24th Annual IRSPM 2020 Conference
22 - 24 April 2020
Tampere University, Finland

Call for papers for panel “Smart services in smart cities: A public management perspective”

Mila Gasco-Hernandez, CTG UAlbany & Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York

Theresa A. Pardo, CTG UAlbany & Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York

J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, CTG UAlbany & Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York

Over the past few decades, challenges faced by cities have become increasingly complex and interrelated as a result of rapid urbanization processes and population growth as well as the need to compete with other cities to attract human capital, tourists, and economic investments. In the face of these issues, city governments have been increasingly pressured to become more innovative in how they deliver public services, improve the urban environment, and become more competitive. Current literature echoes the need to innovate by, among other strategies, building the capacity of local governments to perform their routine activities and, simultaneously, innovate.

Increasingly local governments are adopting information and communication technologies and other disruptive technologies to support different policies and services to enhance the well-being of individuals and make their cities more attractive. In particular, local governments are embracing the concept of smart services as services that use emerging technologies together with internal and external collaborations, to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and legitimacy of services in smart cities.

The phenomena of smart services and smart cities has been studied by numerous academic disciplines including increased recent attention from public management scholars. However, sound conceptual and empirical analyses of smart services and cities from a public management perspective are still scarce. In addition, the limited public management literature on smart cities has focused mainly on governance issues addressing topics such as networked governance, actors, collaboration, co-creation and co-production, policy networks, public-private partnerships, leadership, and urban policy making. This literature has only begun to address other core public management concepts such as implementation capacity, performance, public value, strategic planning, change management, human resources, and smart city branding/marketing. However, with the complexity of the urbanization process and increasing investments in making cities smarter, there is a need for a deeper understanding of the management and governance practices that cities are adopting to underpin the development of smart services and to govern smart cities.

This panel welcomes both theoretical and empirical papers that contribute to the growing discussion on smart services in smart cities from a public management perspective. Areas of focus and interest for this panel include, but are not limited to, the following topics: smart governance as the foundation to creating smart cities (elements, prerequisites, and principles of smart governance), smart government (focal areas, current practices, cases, and potential pitfalls), smart partnerships (triple/quadruple helix, public-private partnerships, and citizen participation), smart cities and regions (cases, rankings, comparisons, and critical success factors), management of smart cities, smart services, local government organizational capacity to build smart cities, and smart city branding.


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.