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The Workshop will be held on June 10 at Stockholm University’s Kista campus

Description of Workshop

“The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.” (

The 17 UN Global Sustainable Development Goals (GSDG) aims to unite the world around problems and not regions or countries. This understanding has yet to influence the IS research that could also have a global reach. The advancement of technology including cloud computing, web 2.0 technology, mobile technology, virtualization and IoT among many others could open the door for new understanding of the IS discipline beyond the current division around developing and developed countries research. It provides an opportunity to closely engage with GSDG crossing traditional research chasms. New research could emerge that connects worlds, problems and solutions.

This workshop aims to bring the sustainability theme and the GSDG into the broader IS domain beyond being a developing countries concern. It is an opportunity to take a global perspective and for researchers to explore and openly discuss IS research on any of the GSDG topics despite the region of research. While context has proven to be important in IS research, a wider global consideration of this context could be fruitful in taking local context and connect it to others so problem sharing becomes more visible and solutions could be more sustainable. For example, connecting education technology in a country to providers in other countries, health systems in a country to health systems in another, or sellers of digital platforms in a country to platform owners, designers and buyers in other countries could be fruitful. Another focus could be on understanding the sustainability of systems, platforms and technologies, and IS practices. How sustainable an IS solution is in its local and global setting? And what is the impact of this solution? Research could also focus on the sustainability of data, algorithms, data centers, technological waste reduction effort

The workshop provides a scholarly space for experimentation and open discussions and debates. It encourages fresh and risky ideas. It welcomes IS studies from all traditions and theoretical approaches.

Possible topics:

Digital platforms and Algorithms
Wearable and Apps-based computing
Healthcare systems
Education, legal and disaster management systems
Information security and security technologies
Information Infrastructure
Digital humanitarian
Technostress and mental health.

Possible areas:

Gender equality
Fresh water and sanitation
Identity management
Refugees and marginalized groups
Work and employment
Environment and conservation

Submission details:

Submission Deadline: March 15, 2019

Notification to Authors: April 15, 2019

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The workshop is a one-day event organized as a mix of keynote speakers, paper sessions and round table discussions. The format is brief pitches of submitted contributions followed by discussions. Each contribution will have two dedicated discussants from the group of participants. The aim is to mature ideas and provide a forum for discussions on how to address the GSDG in IS research. Selected submissions are invited to a special issue of Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems.

Keynote speakers include Margunn Aanestad and Robert Davison. A delegate from the UN office in Copenhagen is expected to attend too.

Facilitating individuals, institutions and contact emails

Helle Zinner Henriksen

Department of Digitalization, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Devinder Thapa

Department of IS, University of Agder, Norway.

Amany Elbanna

School of Management, Royal Holloway University of London, UK