Morten Hjelholt

Morten Hjelholt

Associate Professor, Head of Section

IT University of Copenhagen
Rued Langgaards Vej 7
DK-2300 Copenhagen S

Building: 4F25-4T53

Phone: +45 7218 5020

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Morten Hjelholt

Associate Professor, Head of Section

  • Digital Design
  • Responsible Infrastructuring
  • Center for Digital Welfare
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Phone: +45 7218 5020


The focal point of my work, both as an employee of the Danish Ministry of Finance and as researcher in three universities has been how processes of digitalization has affected the Danish society. From this frame my research spans national IT policy formulations over time, local government adoption of IT, evolution of Danish payment infrastructure and classifications of citizens in national digital registers. The historical shaping of current discourses has been a pinnacle in my research as I seek to portray current constraints and possibilities for government employees, caseworkers and citizens. My work is positioned within a (social) constructivist frame that on the one hand seek to uncover and reveal critical problematic consequences in digital societies. On the other hand it entails an ambition of being part of directing attention and sharing knowledge to construct solutions. 


Digital marginalisering af udsatte ældre: Arbejdsrapport

Hjelholt, M. & Yndigegn, S. L., 2021

Digitale Labyrinter skaber ulighed

Hjelholt, M., 2 Dec 2020

Meaninglessness and Powerlessness: Alienation among welfare professionals in the digital public sector

Hjelholt, M. & Jørring, L., 2020. 18 p.

Digitalisering af den danske offentlige sektor: hvor er vi på vej hen?

Hjelholt, M. & Schou, J., 2019, In: Økonomi og Politik. 92, 2

Digital state spaces: state rescaling and advanced digitalization

Schou, J. & Hjelholt, M., Oct 2018, In: Territory, Politics, Governance. p. 1-17

Digital citizenship and neoliberalization: governing digital citizens in Denmark

Schou, J. & Hjelholt, M., May 2018, In: Citizenship Studies. 16 p.

Digitalization and Public Sector Transformations

Schou, J. & Hjelholt, M., May 2018, Palgrave Macmillan. 122 p.

Den digitale borger

Hjelholt, M. & Schou, J., 2 Nov 2017, København: Hans Reitzels Forlag. 172 p.

Ny vision for offentlig digitalisering: Lad kuglerammen og stopuret hvile

Hjelholt, M. & Schou, J., 10 Jun 2017

Who are we – the digital citizens?

Schou, J. & Hjelholt, M., 6 Jun 2017

The moral economy of the digital welfare state: fostering efficiency and nurturing neoliberalism

Schou, J. & Hjelholt, M., Jun 2017.

Digitalizing the welfare state: citizenship discourses in Danish digitalization strategies from 2002 to 2015

Schou, J. & Hjelholt, M., 26 May 2017, In: Critical Policy Studies. 13, 1, p. 3-22 20 p.

Digital Lifestyles Between Solidarity, Discipline and Neoliberalism: On the Historical Transformations of the Danish IT Political Field from 1994 to 2016

Hjelholt, M. & Schou, J., 21 Apr 2017, In: tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. 15, 1, p. 370-389 19 p.

The digital divide and citizen classifications: the inscription of citizens into the state

Hjelholt, M. & Schou, J., 2017, Theorizing Digital Divides. Ragnedda, M. & Muschert, G. (eds.). Routledge, p. 173-185

The Digital Outcasts: Producing Marginality in the Digital Welfare State

Schou, J. & Hjelholt, M., 2017. 20 p.

The Shadow of Big Data: Data-Citizenship and Exclusion

Rossi, L., Hjelholt, M. & Neumayer, C., 2016.

Resonating Statements: Discursive acts in IT projects

Hjelholt, M. & Jensen, T. B., 30 Dec 2015, In: Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems. 27, 2, 1.

Media literacy i en dansk kontekst: SPECIALRAPPORT

Stald, G. B., Hjelholt, M. & Nielsen, L. H., 11 Dec 2015, IT-Universitetet i København. 105 p.

The Double Conditioning of Political Participation: Grassroots Politics on Facebook. Conjunctions

Schou, J., Farkas, J. & Hjelholt, M., 1 Dec 2015, In: Conjunctions : transdisciplinary journal of cultural participation. 2, 2, p. 29-47

Performative Actions in E-Adoption Processes: Strategic Efforts in a Local Government

Hjelholt, M., Jul 2015, In: International Journal of E-Adoption. 7, 2, 44 p.

The Digital Outcasts - Advanced Margins in Digital Societies

Hjelholt, M., 2015, Proceedings of the 13th International Conference e-Society 2015. Kommers, P. & Isaias, P. (eds.). International Association for Development, IADIS, p. 239-243

The Historical Shaping of Public Service Television and Digitalization.

Hjelholt, M., Farkas, J. & Hansen, J. S., 2015.

Counter-Democratic Surveillance: The Watchful Eye of a Local Institution

Hjelholt, M., 13 Mar 2014, ABSTRACT BOOKLET: 6th Biannual conference of the Surveillance Studies Network - SURVEILLANCE: AMBIGUITIES AND ASYMMETRIES. Universitat de Barcelona, p. 69-70

Modelling the Genesis and Evolution - The case of a prepaid Danish Cashcard

Hjelholt, M., 2013, Copenhagen Business School Press. 23 p. (ITM Communication).

Discourse as a strategic resource - National Reforms in Local Practices

Hjelholt, M., 2012, Aalborg Universitet.

National IT Reform Programs in Local Practices

Hjelholt, M. & Jensen, T. B., 2012, In: Europen Group of Organization Studies.

The Genesis and Evolution of Digital Payment Platforms: Understanding Transition Routes

Hjelholt, M. & Damsgaard, J., 2012, In: European Conference of Information Systems.

Transitions routes in digital payment infrastructures: International Conference on Mobile payments, 2012

Hjelholt, M., 2012.

Localizing National Strategies - The Circuit of Power as a Lens

Hjelholt, M., 2011.

Key Decisions in Local Practices – Power in Technological Artefacts

Hjelholt, M., 2010, In: Proceedings / European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS).


Data as Relation: Governance in the age of big data

Winthereik, B. R., Gad, C., Elam, M., Cohn, M., Hjelholt, M., Douglas-Jones, R., Rossi, L., Neumayer, C. & Sommer, A.


Digital Social Inklusion - Morten Hjelholt - Trygfonden

Hjelholt, M., Jepsen, A. & Rasmussen, M. G.


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