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Devendra Bahadur Thapa



H1039 ( Universitetsveien 25, Kristiansand )
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Devinder Thapa is a Professor at the University of Agder, Norway. He earned his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering in 2008 from Ajou University, South Korea, and subsequently completed his second Ph.D. in Information Systems in 2012 from the University of Agder, Norway. His research interests include Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D), as well as the Philosophy of Science and Technology. Particularly, he aims to explore the harmony between Eastern and Western philosophies and their applications in ICT4D research. His work has been published in international conferences such as IFIP WG 9.4, IFIP WG 8.2, ICIS, ECIS, AMCIS, PACIS, and HICCS. He has also contributed to international journals like Information Systems Journal (ISJ), International Journal of Information Management (IJIM), Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science, International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems (IJCAS), Communications of the Associations for Information Systems (CAIS), Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC), Information Technology for Development (ITD), Journal of Information Technology and International Development (ITID), and Journal of Pattern Recognition Letters. Currently, he serves on the Editorial Board of ISJ, EJISDC, CAIS, and IJIM Data Insights. His academic memberships include AIS, IFIP 9.4, SIGGlovDev, and SIGPHIL. Additionally, he is a practitioner of the martial art Japan Shorinryu Karatedo Kenshinkai, holding a Black Belt 1st Dan.

Research interests

Informatino and cummunication for technology (ICT4D)


Courses and teaching

IS-201: Data Modelling and Database Systems

IS-214: Information Systems Security

IS-607: Theoretical Foundations of Information Systems

IS-500: IT and Management

Work experience

Research and education since 2009

Academic interests


Data modeling and database systems (Bachelors)

Information Systems Security (Bachelors)

IT and management (Masters)

Theoretical foundations of Information Systems (PhD)


ICT4D -Information and communication technology for development 

Scientific publications

  • Jones, Matthew; Mukherjee, Arunima Sehgal; Thapa, Devinder; Zheng, Yingqin (2023). After Latour: Globalisation, Inequity and Climate Change. ISBN: 978-3-031-50153-1. Springer Nature. s 390.
  • Meske, Christian; Amojo, Ireti; Thapa, Devinder (2020). Understanding the Affordances of Conversational Agents in Mental Mobile Health Services. ISBN: 978-0-9966831-9-7. Association for Information Systems (AIS). s 10.
  • Omland, Hans Olav; Thapa, Devinder (2017). Methodological Approach for Identifying Mechanisms in ICT4D: A Critical Realism Perspective. ISBN: 978-3-319-59110-0. Springer Publishing Company. s 10.
  • Thapa, Devinder; Sein, Maung K. (2016). Information Ecology as a holistic lens to understand ICTD initiatives: A case study of OLPC deployment in Nepal. ISBN: 978-1-4503-4306-0. ACM Publications. s 4.
  • Thapa, Devinder; Haj-Bolouri, Amir (2023). Demystifying Philosophy for Information Systems Researcher.

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