Call for chapters: Scientific Foundations of Digital Governance and Transformation

Springer will publish a new book on Digital governance and invite submissions. The proposal submission deadline is 1 March 2020.

Scientific Foundations of Digital Governance and Transformation –
Concepts, Approaches and Challenges

A book to be published by Springer Publications and edited by:

Yannis Charalabidis, University of the Aegean, Greece, 
Leif Skiftenes Flak, University of Agder, Norway
Gabriela Viale Pereira, Danube University Krems, Austria

Objective of the Book

This title aims at providing the latest research advancements and findings for the scientific systematization of the Digital Governance and Transformation knowledge, such as core concepts, foundational principles, theories, methodologies, architectures, assessment frameworks, educational programs and future directions. It will bring forward the ingredients of this new domain, proposing its needed formal and systematic tools, exploring its relation with neighboring scientific domains and finally prescribing the next steps for eventually achieving the thrilling goal of laying the foundations of a new science. 

This book is an activity stemming from Government 3.0 Erasmus+ project (

Target Audience

The audience of the book includes:

●     Researchers and Practitioners in the Digital Governance Domain, Digital Transformation, Information Systems and in the broader ICT domain

●     University Students and Professors from different disciplines 

●    ICT industry experts, engaged in public sector information systems, software design and deployment projects

●     Policy makers and decision drivers at local, national or international level 

The title will contribute to the analysis of the scientific perspectives of Digital Governance and Transformation, thus becoming an indispensable support tool for scientists and practitioners, either from the administrative or the technical side.

Important dates

  • 1st March 2020 Proposal Submission Deadline
  •  15th March 2020 Notification of Proposal Acceptance
  • 1st June 2020 Full Chapter Submission Deadline
  • 1st September 2020 Notification of Chapter Acceptance & Review Results
  • 1st November 2020 Camera–Ready Chapters Submission Deadline
  • Spring 2021 Planned Book Publication

The full call for chapters

CeDiT project studies regional transport plans, citizen participation and digital communications in southern Norway

Kim Øvland (UiA PhD candidate), facilitating group work with Jon-Olav Strand (Aust-Agder fylkeskommune), May Britt Lunde (Tvedestrand kommune), Vidar Bjørkli (Froland kommune) and Per Svenningsen (Grimstad kommune).

Citizen participation in Aust-Agder

How can policy-makers and politicians guarantee fair and meaningful citizen participation? How should they engage with new, digital ways to communicate ideas and contested issues, mobilise support and influence local political agendas?

These are some of the questions discussed in three workshops held between 14th and 22nd November  at Sørlandet Kunnskapshavn in Arendal. The participants were local policymakers and elected representatives from the municipalities, the county government and the regional road agency involved in the Areal- og transportplan Arendalsregionen, the regional transport plan for Arendal, Froland, Grimstad and Tvedestrand, four municipalities in Agder county, southern Norway.

Their discussions were facilitated by a research team that came together as a collaboration between CeDiT, University of Agder´s network Bynett Sør (linking academics and policy-makers), and regional climate policy advocacy network Klimapartnere Agder. Co-production of knowledge with non-academic partners has been at the centre of the project vision from the beginning.

The workshops are part of a research project that studies the linkages between:

  • institutional and non-institutional communication and participation processes at play in the design and implementation of Arendal’s regional transport plan;
  • smart mobility as climate policy;
  • the issue of road tolls as financing mechanism for climate-friendly regional transport plans;
  • the role played by digital communications and social media in these processes.

Individual interviews with workshop participants are now being carried out. The expected outputs will include academic articles, and co-production of ready-to-use knowledge and background materials with participants from the institutions involved in the transport plan.

Research team

The research team is led by two CeDiT senior scholars: anthropologist Vito Laterza and sociologist Alex Ruser. The project brings together their international perspectives, previous experience in similar projects and policy advising in Germany, Italy, Austria, Zambia and South Africa, with a strong Norwegian knowledge base.

University of Agder (UiA) PhD candidates Rachel Berglund and Kim Øvland are contributing with their in-depth knowledge of institutional policy, communication and participation processes in southern Norway. William Fagerheim from Bynett Sør and Gunn Spikkeland Hansen from Klimapartnere Agder are providing important perspectives from policy and civil society organisations.

Erna Synnøve Kjensjord, UiA media officer, is providing key insights into media coverage of local and national politics around transport plans and the debate on road tolls. Research assistant Katrin Vandrecht, with a background in development studies and communication, is carrying out the bulk of the data collection and contributing to analysis and write up.

April 15-16 2020, Mini conference on Governance & Complex Networks In Times Of Turbulence And Digital Transformation

The Department of Political Science and Management and the Center for Digital Transformation (CEDIT) at the University of Agder (UiA) will host a mini conference taking place in the beautiful, sunny city of Kristiansand in Southern Norway.

Purpose of the conference

The purpose of the conference is to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss relevant research aspects concerning change and innovation in the public sector in times of turbulence and digital transformation. Across the world, public organizations and agencies responsible for delivering a multiplicity of services – health, education, social care, etc. – are facing unprecedented challenges associated with broader government-led reforms aimed at making the sector more efficient, accountable and user-centered. This occurs against the backdrop of increasing turbulence (social, political, economic, cultural) and the transition towards a knowledge-centered and digital-oriented society and economy.

As a result, new modes of governance, leadership and citizen engagement are being experienced and tested, triggering significant effects for established concepts of leadership and coordination. A mini-conference focusing on these trends provides an opportunity to take stock of ongoing policy and scholarly developments across several sub-disciplinary fields and geographies.

This event precedes IRSPM’s 2020 annual conference in neighboring Tampere, Finland, gathering scholars and practitioners working across multiple topics and provides an unprecedented opportunity for developing new research collaborations and partnerships, including interdisciplinary ones. Moreover, it is an excellent platform for early career researchers to receive direct feedback on their work by more experienced scholars. The conference features three parallel tracks (see call for abstracts) reflecting the multi-disciplinary intent and the overall theme of the mini-conference is endorsed by two Special Interests Groups (IRSPM) – Complexity Network Governance and Connecting Public Management Researchers Practitioners for Improved Outcomes Outcomes.

Please note that there is no conference fee .

Call for abstracts

Abstracts should clearly indicate how the paper links with both the specific track (see below) as well as the overall theme of the conference.

The deadline for submitting abstracts (maximum 500 words) is 15th of December 2019.
Authors will receive confirmation of acceptance/rejection by 22nd December 2019. Please submit your abstract to:

Sørveiv Tech 30. oktober 2019

Teknologi og bærekraft
Sesjon: 11.00-12.00, Intimscenen
Arrangør: Universitetet i Agder

Sesjonen gir ulike perspektiv på hvordan teknologi kan påvirke utvikling av bærekraftige samfunn. Flere forskningssatsninger ved Universitetet i Agder bidrar med innlegg som viser ulike aspekter av hvordan bærekraft og teknologi henger sammen.

Bekreftede innledere:

Sørveiv Tech

Digital transformation of society: challenges and knowledge needs, Monday 29. April 2019

Organizer: CeDiT – Centre for digital transformation at the University of Agder
When: Monday 29. april 11 am.-3.30 pm.
Venue: University of Agder , Campus Kristiansand, Conference room B1007.

CeDiT – Centre for Digital Transformation at the University of Agder invites Scandinavian researchers and practitioners for a conference in Kristiansand  to discuss potential challenges and knowledge needs related to the ongoing digitalization of society.

Bringing disciplines together

We aim to bring practice and research from different disciplines together for short presentations and discussions to foster improved understanding of how digitalization can affect the fundamental structures and values of society and the implications this may have for research.


Note that the first half of the program will be in Norwegian, whereas the rest will be in English. The conference is sponsored by CeDiT and UiA and there is no conference fee. However, participants are kindly requested to register here.

Register for the event  within 22. April 2019. 
No registration fee.

Sørveiv Tech

Tid: Torsdag 1. november 2018, 9.00-18.00
Hvor: Radisson SAS Blu Hotel Caledonien, Kristiansand

Sørveiv Tech er en Sørlandets største tech- og næringslivskonferanse. Google, Snøhetta, Equinor, Microsoft, Telia, Agder Energi og mange andre kjente virksomheter kommer for å dele av sin kunnskap.

Temaene for årets konferanse er: Hvordan kan virksomheter anvende ny teknologi som innovasjonsdriver? Hva kjennetegner de som lykkes i det teknologiske skiftet? Hvordan kan etablerte virksomheter og tech-startups skape suksess sammen?

CeDiT medarrangør for Roundtable om Kristiansand som Smartby

Kristiansand Kommune og Universitetet i Agder arrangerer et Roundtable om Kristiansand som Smartby. Dette er en lukket session med ca. 20 inviterte fra kommune, offentlige, universitet, næringsliv og startups.

Etter konferansen fra 16:30 og utover vil det være et Social Mixer på Teateret, med fingermat, drikke og en minikonsert.

Program for Sørveiv Tech