Richard T. Watson


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 the University 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 RISE Viktoria in Göteborg, Sweden 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. In 2011, I received the Association for Information Systems' LEO award, which is given for exceptional life time achievement in Information Systems.

The University of Georgia has been very supportive of my academic career, and I have published over 180 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.


Last update: August 1, 2017

Department of MIS
Terry College
University of Georgia
Athens GA 30602-6273

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