Miriam Lips is Professor of E-Government at Victoria University of Wellington. Her interests include identity management, citizen-centric government, e-participation, government 2.0, e-records management, personalisation, and digital citizenship.

Dr Miriam Lips is the first Professor of E-Government at Victoria University of Wellington, with positions in the School of Information Management and the School of Government. Her Chair is sponsored by Datacom systems Limited, the New Zealand State Services Commission, Cisco New Zealand Limited and FX Networks Limited.

Miriam completed her PhD in Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Since 1996, she has worked as an Assistant Professor and an Associate Professor respectively at the Center for Law, Public Administration and Informatisation at Tilburg University. In 2003, she also joined the Oxford Internet Institute, first as a Visiting Fellow and in 2005 as a Research Fellow.

Miriam recently completed a two-year qualitative research project sponsored by the UK Economic and Social Research Council ‘Personal Identification and Identity Management in New Modes of e-Government‘ (2005-2007; together with John Taylor and Joe Organ). Moreover she is a Book Review Editor and Member of the editorial board of Information Polity, Member of the editorial board of Online Information Review, Member of the editorial board of Information, Communication & Society, and Member of IFIP Working Groups 8.5 (Information Systems in Public Administration) and 11.6 (Identity Management).

Before moving to New Zealand in January 2007, Miriam held memberships of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research’s Network of Networks Programme Committee, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research’s Open Competition Social Sciences 2005-2006 Assessment Committee and the Scientific Advisory Council of The Netherlands Bsik research programme ‘Space for Geo-information’ (2004-2007). Moreover, Miriam was Activity Leader of social scientific research in the European FP6 Integrated Project ‘Privacy and Identity Management for Europe’ (PRIME; 2004-2006), Academic Director of the Master in Public Information Management at TIAS-NIMBAS Business School and co-convenor of the EGPA permanent Study Group ‘ICTs in Public Administration’ (2001-2006; together with John Taylor).

Research interests

identity management, citizen-centric government, e-participation, government 2.0, e-records management, personalisation, digital citizenship

Positions held at the OII

  • Research Associate, October 2007 – August 2010
  • Research Fellow, February 2005 – September 2007
  • Visiting Fellow, November 2003 – June 2004

Current projects

Past projects

  • Personal identification and identity management in new modes of e-government

    Participants: Professor Miriam Lips, Dr Joe Organ, Professor John Taylor

    Gathering empirical data on a variety of digital means for constructing and managing the citizen's identity in e-Government service relationships, and exploring varying relationships between the citizen and government in different policy fields.