Petter Nielsen

Associate Professor - Health Information Systems Programme
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Mobile phone +47 41506058
Room 6465
Visiting address Ole-Johan Dahls Hus Gustadalleèn 23 B
Postal address Postboks 1080 Blindern 0316 Oslo

Academic Interests

My research interest is related to large-scale and complex information systems (what we like to call Information Infrastructures) - how they are evolving, how we influence them, how we can govern them, the role of their architecture and how they facilitate innovation. I have empirically studied this related to content services for mobile phones, e-commerce as well as health information systems in developing countries.

I am working with the HISP project and the DHIS2 software, focusing on architectural issues related to health information in developing countries. This involves among other issues related to functional architecting, platforms, standards and digital innovation.

I act as a Senior Editor for the Information Systems Journal (ISJ), Information Technology for Development (ITD) and the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC). 

Some information relevant for PhD students here

I chaired the programme committee of the IFIP9.4 conference in 2015 in Colombo, Sri-Lanka, in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania in 2019 and in 2021 the first virtual IFIP9.4 conference.

You find most of my papers available on Researchgate

My PhD thesis on Information Infrastructure Building you can read here.


I am head of the Information System research group and a Faculty representative at the Faculty Board. I am also Head of the PhD Committee at the Department of Informatics.

Current Teaching

  • IN5210 - Information Systems

Higher education and employment history

Dr. Scient from the University of Oslo. 7 years of experience working with research and business development in the international telecommunication industry

Student exchange

I am managing a student exchange program (ETHIC) between the University of Oslo and Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique) and the University of Malawi funded by NORPART

Graduated PhD-students

Graduated Master-students




Tags: Information Systems, Digital Innovation, Platforms, HISP, DHIS2, Digital Global Public Goods, Frugal Innovation
Published Nov. 4, 2010 2:10 PM - Last modified Aug. 3, 2021 7:37 AM