N. (Nitesh) Bharosa


Nitesh Bharosa is Professor in GovTech and innovation. He is the academic director of Digicampus – a quadruple helix innovation ecosystem for future public services. At Digicampus, public agencies, GovTech companies, research institutes and citizen groups co-create the next generation of public services using state of the art information technologies (

By combining the role of professor and academic director, Nitesh aims to shorten the loop from science to societal impact.

Nitesh is also the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) officer for the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management.


The rise of GovTech signals a paradigm shift, with market parties increasingly acting as service providers between public agencies and citizens. For example, GovTech providers can help you obtain a digital identity, open a data wallet, collect and use your data in all kinds of transactions with public agencies and companies (e.g. banks, pension funds, mortgage providers). Such solutions often use the latest information technologies and have the potential to transform the public sector and enable more citizen-centred public services.

However, we currently lack the public-private information infrastructures and governance structures for GovTech to reach its full potential. Moreover, there are concerns about the consequences of GovTech, for instance, regarding public values, tech monopolies and the unclear responsibilities surrounding the use of GovTech.

The research by Nitesh and his team focuses on designing responsible GovTech solutions. This kind of research requires a comprehensive engineering approach in which the systems, governance and values perspectives intersect for developing actionable solutions. This professorship is partly funded by Digicampus

  • Bharosa, N., Hietbrink, F., Mosterd, L. & van Oosterhout, R. (2018). Steering the adoption of Standard Business Reporting. In Proceedings of the 19th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research. Delft. Nominated for the Best Paper Award.
  • Bharosa, N., Janssen, M., van Wijk, R., de Winne, N., van der Voort, H., Hulstijn, J. & Tan YH. (2013). Tapping into existing information flows: The transformation to compli-ance by design in business-to-government information exchange. Government Infor-mation Quarterly 30 (Supplement-1): S9-S18.
  • Bharosa, N., & Janssen, M. (2009). Reconsidering information management roles and capabilities in disaster response decision-making units. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM), Gothenburg. Winner Best Paper Award.
  • Bharosa, N., Lee, J., Janssen, M., & Rao, HR (2009). A Case Study of Information Flows in Multi-Agency Emergency Response Exercises. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 10th annual International Conference on Digital Government Research, Puebla, Mexico. Nominated for the Best Paper Award.
  • Bharosa, N., & Janssen, M. (2015). Principle-based design: a methodology and princi-ples for capitalizing design experiences for information quality assurance. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 12 (3), 469-496.
  • Lee, YK, Bharosa, N., Yang, J., Janssen, M. & Rao, HR (2011). Group value and inten-tion to use - A study of multi-agency disaster management information systems for public safety. Decision Support Systems 50 (2): 404-414. (ISI: 3.8)


  • Bharosa, N., Janssen, M., van Wijk, R., & de Winne, N. (2015). Challenging the Chain -Governing the automated exchange and processing of business information. Amsterdam: IOS Press.
  • Van Wijk, R., Bharosa, N., de Winne, N. & Janssen (2014). De keten uitgedaagd. Besturen en verantwoorden in een wereld vol ICT. Amsterdam, IOS press.
  • Bharosa, N. & Janssen, M. (2012). “Het onderzoeksontwerp”. Chapter 2 in: ‘Methodische aspecten van het onderzoek naar ongevallen’, Mertens c.s. (red). Onderzoeksraad voor de Veiligheid. Eburon, Utrecht.
  • Bharosa, N. (2011). Netcentric information orchestration: Assuring Information and System Quality in Public Safety Networks. Dissertation. BOXpress
  • Bharosa, N., Feenstra, R., Gortmaker, J., Klievink, A. & Janssen, M. (2008). Rethinking service-oriented government: Is it really about services? Chapter 4 in: Let a thousand flowers bloom (Bouwman, H. and Bons, R. and Hoogeweegen, M. and Janssen, M. and Pronk, H., Eds), pp. 237-254, IOS Press, Amsterdam.

Winner ICT Award for the most outstanding student from a minority group offered by Platform Beta-Techniek and the Expertise Center Higher Education (ECHO). The award was presented by Mark Rutte (then State Secretary of Education).


Top three nomination for 'Best Paper Award' of the 9th Annual International Digital Government conference.


Top three nomination for 'Best Paper Award' of the 19th Annual International Digital Government conference.


Winner of the Best Paper Award of the 6th International Association Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management. Presented in Goteborg, Sweden.


Nitesh is a member of the Supervisory Board of the ECHO Foundation, a non-profit organization specialising in diversity policy in Higher Education. This is an unpaid position. 


Nitesh Bharosa


Engineering Systems and Services


Research interests:
Public service innovation
Information infrastructures
Trusted data exchange
Digital identities