Call for papers

The Centre for Digital Transformation (CeDiT) and the Department of Information Systems at the University of Agder are happy to invite you to the 19th Scandinavian Workshop on E-Government (SWEG).

When, where, and how

The workshop takes place January 26th – 27th 2022. We hope that we can meet you in person at the University of Agder in Kristiansand, Norway. It will also be possible to participate remotely. If necessary due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will run the workshop as a fully virtual workshop instead.

Workshop format

This year’s SWEG will fully embrace the workshop format. Therefore, we ask the participants to submit research-in-progress papers, drafts, and ideas. Each submission will be anonymously peer-reviewed by two reviewers recruited among the researchers that submit papers to the workshop. By submitting a paper to SWEG, you agree to review up to two papers. For the final version of the paper, we also encourage participants to submit questions, issues, and/or specific areas for discussion.

Each paper will be allocated 5 minutes for a plenary presentation to all participants. This will be followed by a 45 minutes feedback and discussion session in small groups. This format was successfully tried out on last year’s SWEG. Before the workshop, all participants will be split into groups with junior and senior scholars. We expect all participants to have read the papers thoroughly and offer suggestions in the groups they are in.

There will be an award for the most thought-provoking research idea.

Themes and topics

As usual, SWEG focuses on the overarching themes of e-government and e-participation, welcoming contributions focusing on a wide array of topics, including, but not limited to: 

  • Adaptive governance and ambidexterity
  • Artificial intelligence and government
  • Automation of processes in public administration
  • Big data, open data, and open innovation in e-government
  • Competence and capabilities
  • Digital transformation vs digitization and digitalization
  • Managing digital transformations
  • Methodological, theoretical, and philosophical reflections 
  • Open-source and open standards solutions in e-government
  • Privacy and surveillance issues
  • Responsible and sustainable digital transformation, and digital transformation for sustainable development
  • Smart cities
  • Social media and e-government services
  • Transparency and openness in e-government services
  • Use of e-government in the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Users and citizens in the design, management, and implementation of e-government
  • Values; co-creation of value, public values, value hierarchies
  • Welfare technologies in the public sector, and finally  

We welcome contributions from a range of disciplines, such as public administration, political science, information systems, management, economics, sociology, urban planning, and law. Research may range from empirical studies to pure conceptual work.

Contributions with a focus on Scandinavian countries are common at SWEG, but the forum is not limited to the Scandinavian research community. Instead of publishing proceedings formally, the workshop is intended to help authors prepare papers for publication in established outlets. Consequently, the material presented at SWEG is not copyright-protected and can be submitted to other conferences or journals.

Important dates

Submissions due: November 26th, 2021
Notification of acceptance: December 17th, 2021
Registration and final version: January 14th, 2022
Workshop: January 26-27, 2022
Workshop fee: EUR 100


Submit your paper to:

Local organizers

Peter André Busch,
Leif S. Flak,
Charlotte Nilsen,
(please contact Charlotte for practical questions)