Due to the current climate crisis, information systems (IS) are increasingly asked to not only support economic goals but also to promote environmentally sustainable behaviours.
The advocated role for these “green IS” is that they enable practices and processes with improved environmental performance. An example can include facilitating the distribution of renewable energy sources.
Knowledge about how exactly information systems can carry out this role. However, this knowledge is nascent, emergent, and incomplete.
Some studies have:
- investigated factors that influence organisational adoption of green IS
- developed tools for monitoring greenhouse gas emissions
- analysed how IS can support environmental sustainability transformations at the organisational level.
Surprisingly few studies operate on the individual level and ask how actual behaviours and decisions of system users can factually be environmentally improved through information systems.
This research involves one or more of the following activities:
- reviewing the academic literature on:
- green IS
- climate change
- renewable energy sources
- conducting empirical research, such as:
- case studies
- designing information systems for green solutions
- applying existing theories to solve real-world problems
- developing new theories to contribute to scientific knowledge.
The expected outcomes are dependent on the scope of the research and may include the following:
- structured and systematic literature review
- case study analysis on a current green IS topic
- insights from interviews with relevant industry, government, and community stakeholders
- conceptual design and prototype development of information systems applied in a green IS context
- demonstration and evaluation of existing and/or self-developed information systems through surveys and experiments
- communication of findings in academic journals, academic conference proceedings, and professional outlets.
You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.
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