Watson Richard

Visiting Professor

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Brief Bio

I live in Athens, Georgia, where I am a Regents Professor and the J. Rex Fuqua Distinguished Chair for Internet Strategy in the Department of MIS at theUniversity of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. I am also the Research Director for the Advanced Practices Council of the Society for Information Management.

My wife, Clare, and children, Alice, Ned, and Sophie, and I moved from Perth, Western Australia to Athens in 1989. We had previously lived in the U.S. for a three year period while I completed a Ph D.

I am one of the few people in Athens with a genuine southern accent. I am a true southerner — I was even born in South Australia. I spent much of my childhood on a farm near Narembeen in Western Australia.

I was educated at the University of Western Australia (B Sc and Dip Comp), Monash University (MBA), and the University of Minnesota (Ph D). In Australia, I taught at Curtin University and Edith Cowan University, where I founded the Department of Information Systems. I am a visiting researcher at Viktoria Swedish ICT in Göteborg, and co-international coordinator for the Addis Ababa University PhD in IS. In 2006, I was appointed a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems and in 2007 a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2011, I received the Association for Information Systems’ LEO award, which is given for exceptional life time achievement in Information Systems.

I have published over 160 articles in leading academic and practitioner journals, written or edited more than 10 books (including a data management text book and the first book on Energy Informatics). I have served as a senior editor for MIS Quarterly and was co-conference chair for International Conference on Information Systems 2004 and Americas Conference on Information Systems 2014. I have been President of the Association for Information Systems.


My current research interests are ecological sustainability, energy informatics, and information systems leadership. I collaborate with researchers in several countries.

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