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Ulf Melin

Dean, Professor

As a professor of information systems my research interest is focused on different aspects on digitalization. The research is centered on public sector digitalization, digital services, change, (open) data and governance.

Information systems, digitalization and digital services

Ulf Melin is active in the research area of information systems and as a researcher, expert and supervisor in the digital government and e-government research community.

He is particularly interested in contextual and actor oriented studies of change and linked processes on individual, organization and societal level. At the moment he is the supervisor of four PhD students in information systems, active in several research projects and involved in cooperation with several external organizations.

Ulf is also active in leadership at the division and the department level at LiU and serves e.g. in the editorial board of Government Information Quarterly and as a track chair of digital government research at several conferences (e.g. ECIS and ACIS).

He publishes frequently in e-government and information systems conference and journals and is often in roles as an opponent, examiner and member of graduation committees.


Research focus and interests

  • Digitalization – focusing public sector digitalization (digital government and e-government)
  • Digital service development and open data
  • Smart cities and smart regions
  • Organization, governance and change in the context of digitalization

A presentation of what questions drive Ulf in his research.

The video was made in connection with Ulf being installed as professor in May 2018.

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Research program



Karin Axelsson, Ulf Melin, Malin Granath (2024) Exploring services in a smart city through socio-technical design principles: Revealing five tensions in a smart living context Government Information Quarterly, Vol. 41, Article 101915 Continue to DOI


Jason Martin, Andreas Wallo, Ida Gremyr, Malin Wiger, Ewa Braf, Ulf Melin, Mattias Elg (2023) Närhet på distans: En guide för ledarskap på distans med stöd av digitala arbetssätt
Mille Edith Kjærsgaard Hansen, Jonathan Crusoe, Ulf Melin (2023) Exploration of metaphors as a way to understand socio-technical phenomena: An emergent framework Information Polity, Vol. 28, p. 317-340 Continue to DOI


Short facts


  • Leader of the year at LiU (2014)
  • Outstanding Paper Award vid The 14th Conference on IFIP Electronic Government, EGOV 2015 och The 15th Conference on IFIP Electronic Government, EGOV 2016 
  • Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence: Winner and outstanding paper 2017 for the article: Melin, U., Axelsson, K. (2016): Action in Action Research – Elaborating the Concepts of Action, Roles and Dilemmas in a Public e-service Development Project, Journal of Systems and Information Technology, 18(2), s. 118-147.
  • Recognition from LiU for good quality in courses

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