How do information systems contribute to greening the planet?

Study level


Master of Philosophy


Vacation research experience scheme

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr Kenan Degirmenci
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


Due to climate change and global warming, 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 can enable practices and processes with improved environmental performance. Knowledge about how exactly information systems can carry out this role, however, is still nascent, emergent, and incomplete.
Some studies have investigated factors that influence organisational adoption of green IS, other scholars have developed tools for monitoring greenhouse gas emissions, and others have analysed how IS can support environmental sustainability transformations at the organisational level. Yet, 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.

Research activities

This research involves one or more of the following activities:
  • reviewing the academic literature on green IS and climate change
  • conducting empirical research such as case studies, interviews, surveys, and experiments
  • 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:
  • systematic literature review analysis
  • 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


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