A powerful force for change in society where LiU conducts outstanding research is focused on how digitalization affects our behaviour and our relationships to public services. Digital government, e-government, e-services and eID are some of LiU’s special fields.

A wave of digitalization is sweeping across an increasing number of fields. What used to be dealt with by telephone calls, meetings and letters is now being handled by various types of e-services, often on hand-held devices like smart phones. We identify ourselves by using mobile eIDs, handle banking business by our mobile phones, and interact with government agencies through several types of digital services.

LiU conducts outstanding research into how digitalization affects us as citizens, and our relationships with government agencies and other services. The research also focuses on how digitalization affects organisations and their co-workers. Examples include research into the use, evaluation and development of e-services in the public sector. How do these influence our behaviour? Mutual trust? Do we use the functions and services as the designers intended? How can public organizations and services be transformed in the future, taking expertise and trust into consideration?

Digitalization applied in viable societies (e.g. smart cities) is another research area, which is relevant to some of the major challenges facing us, such as urbanisation and climate change.

eID is a further important area, as is the way in which digitalization affects democracy and the democratic processes, not least at local government level.


Forskning inom respons- och räddningssystem

Center for Advanced Research in Emergency Response (CARER)

A collaboration between LiU and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency which aims to consolidate and strengthen LiU's research in risk, response and rescue area.

Digital public administration – new technology, organization, values and learning

The research on digital public administration is about how new forms of public services affect relationships with citizens and how citizens are using digital services in their daily lives.

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Megabytes vs Megawatts: Understanding Infrastructural Frictions between Data Centers and Energy Grids for Sustainable Digitalization

Megabytes vs Megawatts is a research project that studies ongoing infrastructure developments and societal imaginaries to make data centers more environmentally sustainable.


Digital threads built on AI in a new research project

Linköping University, Volvo Construction Equipment, Bosch Thermoteknik, Mälardalen University, and Addiva are joining forces to advance resource efficiency and promote a circular economy in the Swedish manufacturing industry.

Portrait picture of Hans Sjögren.

Hans’s part-time retirement on hold following request from the Bonnier family

Not everyone suddenly gets an email from Carl-Johan Bonnier with an invitation to a meeting at Bonnier’s head office in Stockholm. But this happened to Professor Hans Sjögren.

Elin Wihlborg is a professor at LiU.

We are changing the world from our little corner

“The participants develop their knowledge, when we demonstrate that inclusive and sustainable public values can also guide the digital transformation” says Elin Wihlborg, professor of Political Science and course manager of the summer course SeGRID.