J. Ramon Gil-Garcia

J. Ramon Gil-Garcia



  • Government information management and policy
  • Inter-organizational collaboration and information integration
  • Institutional and environmental theories for researching digital government
  • Emergent technologies in the public sector
  • Theoretical linkages between organization theory, public management and information science
  • Qualitative, Quantitative and multi-method research approaches

Brief Bio

J. Ramon Gil-Garcia is the Director of the Center for Technology in Government (CTG UAlbany) and a Professor of Public Administration and Policy at UAlbany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.

Under Dr. Gil-Garcia’s leadership, CTG UAlbany works closely with multi-sector and multi-disciplinary teams from the United States, and around the world, to carry out research and problem-solving projects focused on the intersections of policy, management, technology, and data in government.

CTG UAlbany has broken ground in multiple Digital Government topics such as information integration and knowledge sharing, smart cities and smart governments, open government and open data, mobile technologies, critical infrastructure security and resiliency, social media policy, and the potential, use, and consequences of emergent technologies in the public sector.

Dr. Gil-Garcia has significantly contributed to the top-ranked academic program in Information and Technology Management offered by the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and policy and he has been the chair of this specialization since 2014.

He is a member of the Mexican National System of Researchers and of the Mexican Academy of Sciences.

In 2009, Dr. Gil-Garcia considered the most prolific author in the field of digital government research worldwide and in 2013 he was selected for the Research Award, which is "the highest distinction given annually by the Mexican Academy of Sciences to outstanding young researchers."

More recently, Dr. Gil-Garcia was named, "One of the World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government” in 2018 and 2019 by Apolitical, which is a nonprofit organization based in London in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Gil-Garcia’s trajectory has also been recognized by UAlbany through the President’s Excellence in Research and Creative Activities Award and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

Currently, he is:

  • Faculty Affiliate at the National Center for Digital Government, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Affiliated Faculty Member of the Information Science Doctorate Program at the College of Emergency Preparedness,
  • Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity, University at Albany
  • Affiliated Professor of the Business School at Universidad de las Americas Puebla in Mexico
  • Senior Research Fellow of the Lab Innovation, Technology and Public Management at the Department of Political
  • Science and International Relations, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain

Dr. Gil-Garcia is the author or co-author of articles in prestigious international journals in Public Administration, Information Systems, and Digital Government such as:

  • The International Public Management Journal
  • Government Information Quarterly
  • Public Management Review
  • European Journal of Information Systems
  • Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
  • Social Science Computer Review
  • Information & Management
  • Public Policy and Administration
  • International Journal of Public Sector Management
  • Public Money and Management
  • Urban Affairs Review
  • International Journal of Electronic Government Research
  • Information Polity
  • Public Finance and Management
  • International Journal of Electronic Governance
  • Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce
  • Electronic Journal of Electronic Government
  • Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy
  • Reforma y Democracia
  • Gestión y Política Pública

Some of his publications are among the most cited in the field of digital government research worldwide.

His research interests include:

  • Collaborative digital government
  • Inter-organizational collaboration and information integration
  • Smart cities and smart governments
  • Data and data analytics for decision making
  • Artificial intelligence in government
  • Adoption and implementation of emergent technologies
  • Digital government success determinants
  • Digital divide policies
  • New public management
  • Public policy evaluation
  • Multi-method research approaches

Gil-Garcia has extensive teaching experience and has collaborated with 12 universities, including departments of:

  • Public Administration
  • Government
  • Political Science
  • Social Science
  • Information Studies
  • Management Information Systems

He has lectured on topics such as:

  • Information Technologies in the Public Sector
  • Public Management
  • Policy Analysis
  • Organization Theory
  • Database Applications
  • Statistics
  • Web Development
  • Quantitative Analysis and Modeling
  • Research Methods
  • Public Administration Theory
  • Local Government Management

Prior to his academic career, Dr. Gil-Garcia held several government positions, including systems analyst, responsible for the data processing system, and the director's Executive Assistant at the General Direction of Rural Development, Secretary of Agricultural Development of the State of Mexico.

He has been a volunteer in several non-profit organizations and is an active member of professional associations in several fields such as Digital Government, Public Administration, Information Systems, Public Policy, and Political Science.

He is also a former Fulbright Scholar.

Link to Curriculum Vita

Selected Publications

Google Scholar Profile

  • Gil-Garcia, J. Ramon, Theresa A. Pardo, and Manuel De Tuya. (2021). Information Sharing as a Dimension of Smartness: Understanding Benefits and Challenges in Two Mega Cities. Urban Affairs Review, 57 (1): 8–34. DOI: 10.1177/1078087419843190
  • Gil-Garcia, J. Ramon and Miguel Angel Flores Zuñiga. (2020). Towards a Comprehensive Understanding of Digital Government Success: Integrating Implementation and Adoption Factors. Government Information Quarterly, 37 (4). DOI: 10.1016/j.giq.2020.101518
  • Gil-Garcia, J. Ramon, Mila Gasco-Hernandez, and Theresa A. Pardo. (2020). Beyond Transparency, Participation, and Collaboration? A Reflection on the Dimensions of Open Government. Public Performance and Management Review, 43 (3): 483-502.
  • Gil-Garcia, J. Ramon, Sharon S. Dawes, and Theresa A. Pardo. (2018). Digital Government and Public Management Research: Finding the Crossroads. Public Management Review, 20 (5): 633-646.
  • Gil-Garcia, J. Ramon and Djoko Sigit Sayogo. (2016). Government Inter-Organizational Information Sharing Initiatives: Understanding the Main Determinants of Success. Government Information Quarterly, 33 (3): 572–582.
  • Gil-Garcia, J. Ramon, Theresa A. Pardo and Taewoo Nam. (2015). What Makes a City Smart? Identifying Core Components and Proposing an Integrative and Comprehensive Conceptualization. Information Polity, 20 (1): 61–87.
  • Gil-Garcia, J. Ramon. (2012). Enacting Electronic Government Success: An Integrative Study of Government-wide Websites, Organizational Capabilities, and Institutions. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Gil-Garcia, J. Ramon, Indushobha Chengalur-Smith and Peter Duchessi. (2007). Collaborative E-Government: Impediments and Benefits of Information Sharing Projects in the Public Sector. European Journal of Information Systems, 16(2): 121-133.
  • Gil-García, J. Ramón and Theresa A. Pardo. (2005). E-Government Success Factors: Mapping Practical Tools to Theoretical Foundations. Government Information Quarterly, 22 (2): 187–216.

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  • Ph.D., Public Administration and Policy, 2005, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, SUNY.
  • M.S., Public Administration and Policy, 1999, Center for Research and Teaching in Economics.
  • Graduate Certificate, Government Information Management, 2001, National Institute of Public Administration.
  • B.S., Political Science and Public Administration, 1997, Autonomous University of the State of Mexico.