Miriam Lips

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Chair in Digital Government School of Government

Research interests

Government and democracy in the digital age

Qualifications

  • MSc (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • EMPA (Erasmus University Rotterdam & Leiden University)
  • PhD (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Profile

Miriam Lips is Professor of Digital Government at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Government, where she leads and undertakes a five-year research programme on ‘Government and Democracy in the Digital Age’ in partnership with the Department of Internal Affairs, Inland Revenue Department, the Ministry of Education and Datacom Systems Ltd. Miriam is a Steering Group Member of Victoria University of Wellington’s Spearheading our Digital Futures Distinctiveness Theme and until recently was the Programme Director of the Master of e-Government programme offered at Victoria University. Prior to moving to New Zealand, Miriam held academic positions at the University of Oxford and Tilburg University. She completed a PhD in Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam in 1996.

Professor Lips recently was an appointed Member of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum, an independent task force set up by the Ministers of Finance and Statistics to examine, report and engage widely on how New Zealand could maximise the benefits of the data revolution, while minimising the risks of potential harm, such as privacy and security breaches and the unethical use of data. She currently is an appointed Member of the New Zealand Data Futures Partnership, an independent Working Group which reports to the Ministers of Finance, Justice and Statistics. Miriam also has been recently appointed as Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Open Government Partnership Stakeholder Advisory Group.

Professor Lips has published widely in the field of Digital Government and Democracy, with  9 books as author, co-author or editor, and many publications in leading international journals including Public Management Review, Information, Communication & Society, Public Administration, Public Money & Management, International Journal of Public Administration, Information Polity, and Media, Culture & Society.She is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Information Polity. Government and Democracy in the information age (IOS Press) and an Editorial Board Member of Information, Communication & Society, Government Information Quarterly, and Policy & Internet. Miriam also is an Appointed Member of the Management Board at Large of the International Research Society of Public Management since 2013. For more information about Professor Lips’ research, teaching and engagement activities, on VUW’s Digital Government programme website