Department of Politics and Society

Event by Department of Politics and Society

PhD defence by Ulrik Bisgaard Ulsrod Røhl

Invitation to PhD defence by Ulrik Bisgaard Ulsrod Røhl

Ulrik Bisgaard Ulsrod Røhl will defend his PhD thesis "Automated Decision-making and Good Administration: Friends, Foes or Complete Strangers?"


19.12.2022 kl. 11.00 - 14.00


In his thesis, PhD Fellow, Ulrik Bisgaard Ulsrod Røhl, explores the relations between increasing use of automated, administrative decision-making by public authorities and internationally accepted regulations, norms and values of good administration.


Drawing on the disciplines of Public Administration, Law, Information Systems, and Science and Technology Studies, as well as empirical data from Denmark, he sets out to explore if automated, administrative decision-making and good administration are friends, foes or complete strangers. The thesis serves as a microcosm of ongoing social and ethical debates regarding use, potentials and regulation of increasingly advanced technologies in modern society.

The thesis concludes that relations between usage of automated, administrative decision-making and good administration are widespread and tend to be particularly complex regarding the underlying values of responsiveness, accountability and fairness. Use of automated, administrative decision-making is further found to both support and undermine good administration indicating that such use is rarely a “silver bullet” that supports all values of good administration at the same time.

Empirically, the thesis builds on data from Denmark which is a global front runner in terms of digital government including use of automated, administrative decision-making. Based on these data, there appears to be an underdeveloped awareness among practitioners – e.g., top-level and mid-level public servants – of the breadth of relations between automated, administrative decision-making usage and good administration. This is particularly unfortunate as the empirical data also indicate that supportive relations seldomly occur by themselves, while the opposite seems to hold for undermining relations.

Members of the assesment committee



Please sign up at this link no later than 13 December 2022 at 12:00.

Light refreshments will be served after the public defence.


If you have any questions about the PhD defence, please contact PhD secretary Marianne Høgsbro.

Download the invitation 


The doctoral program of Politics and Society, Department of Politics and Society, Aalborg University


Aalborg University Copenhagen, A. C. Meyers Vænge 15 (A) 1.001 ('Konferencesalen', first floor) and online/Zoom

Registration Deadline

13.12.2022 kl. 12.00