Information Systems Solutions for Environmental Sustainability: How Can We Do More?

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21 March 2017 at 10:00 am – 21 March 2017 at 11:00 am
Room H7.84, Level 7, Building H, Caulfield Campus
IT research seminars


Presenter: Prof Alemayehu Molla


Too few information systems (IS) academics engage in impactful research that offers solutions to global warming despite the fact that climate change is one of the most critical challenges facing this generation. Given that information systems have been the major force for productivity increases in the last half-century, IS scholars can immerse themselves in creating solutions for environmental problems.

Moreover, information is a perquisite for assessing the state of the environment and making appropriate decisions to ameliorate identified problems. Indeed, the IS scholarly community can make a significant contribution to create a sustainable society. While there is an emerging body of IS scholarship under the banner of green IS, experience indicates that the emergence of green IS as an academic discipline is still by far too slow relative to the needs of society. Too few people are working on green IS given its importance, and fewer still are publishing papers about IS solutions that could contribute to dealing with climate change.

This presentation speculates on some reasons for why and explore how the IS discipline can grasp the opportunity to contribute to one of the most important societal challenges of our time. It identifies the major barriers that curtail the involvement of IS scholars in green IS research and discusses each barrier and proposes solutions for them. [Gholami, R., Watson, R. T., Molla, A., Hasan, H., & Bjørn-Andersen, N. (2016). Information systems solutions for environmental sustainability: How can we do more?. Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 17(8), 521.]

Event Contact

Frada Burstein