Albany, NY - The University at Albany-SUNY’s Center for Technology in Government (CTG) is holding its second annual iGov Research Institute (iGov 2008) in Manchester, United Kingdom. Twenty doctoral students from around the world will attend the week-long program focused on ways to advance, study, and understand digital government research in an international context.
iGov 2008 is organized around the theme of “The City” as a coherent unit of government that operates within a larger world. The institute’s academic program will cover cross-cultural and interdisciplinary research strategies and digital government research frameworks. The practical focus for 2008 will emphasize urban regeneration and citizen engagement in government decision making. It includes academic activities and practical field visits to venues that demonstrate the use of information and communication technology, along with innovative public management and community involvement, to address these issues. Students will take part in site visits to the Gorton Monastery, the Manchester Digital Development Agency, the EastServe Community Development Project, Manchester Town Hall, and the Centre for the Urban Built Environment.
“The overall goal is to help young scholars develop an appreciation for the global impact of information and communication technologies on the public sector,” said Sharon Dawes, iGov Institute director. “Students take advantage of a selected theme and venue to compare research methods and results; develop a deeper mutual understanding of the multi-disciplinary and international nature of the problems addressed by DG research; and begin to form international professional relationships that will continue throughout their careers.”
Students from Argentina, Australia, Brunei, Finland, Germany, Greece, Libya, Netherlands, Nigeria, People’s Republic of China, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Uganda, United States and Venezuela will attend the Institute. They represent multiple academic disciplines and are studying at 13 different universities in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
The faculty team comprises internationally known digital government researchers and senior government officials:
The Institute, a project of is desgigned and organized by CTG and supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of a larger $1.4 million grant to build and sustain an international digital government research community.Other major activities included in the grant are a reconnaissance study describing the current status of international digital government research and a framework for supporting several international working groups. For more information on iGov 2008 visit https://www.ctg.albany.edu/projects/dg_inst.
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