Sobah Abbas PETERSEN 

Title: Visiting Researcher

Alumni: PhD. Department of Computer Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Discipline/s: Sustainable Cities, Enterprise Modelling, Enterprise Architecture, Technology Enhanced Learning


Sobah Abbas Petersen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and a Senior Research Scientist at SINTEF Digital, Norway. She is self-motivated researcher with experience in Smart and Sustainable Urban Futures, Enterprise Modelling and Innovation and Technology enhanced working and learning. She is interested in using data and technology in innovative ways to create value for a smarter and better society, that puts the people in focus.

Her current projects focus on the energy, built environments, the natural environment, health and wellbeing and digital technologies nexus. Her research focuses on enhancing the awareness and knowledge among citizens to support behaviour change and choices towards sustainable transitions. She has experience from multidisciplinary projects, co-design processes, gamification and working with NGOs, public authorities, industry and a variety of user groups. She uses a variety of research methods that engages with the users, such as co-creation and field experiments.

As an educator, she engages with her students through active learning tasks, interactions and discussions and provides regular feedback to her students. She currently teaches a Masters level course on Enterprise Architecture for enterprise innovation and a multidisciplinary group-based course on Smart and Sustainable cities. She has recently been merited as an Excellent Teaching Practitioner at NTNU.

Associate Professor Sobah Abbas Petersen visited LKYCIC from 12 Feb-8 Mar 2024 as Visiting Researcher.


  • PhD. Department of Computer Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway (2003)
  • MSc. Department of Artificial Intelligence, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (1992)
  • BEng (Hons). Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Salford, United Kingdom (1989)

Selected Publications

  • Petersen, Sobah Abbas; Evjen, Tor Åsmund; Krogstie, John. (2023). Adding value through enterprise building information models in health-care services. Journal of Facilities Management.
  • Petersen, Sobah Abbas; Quayyum, Farzana; Krogstie, John. (2023). Criteria for selecting an Enterprise Modelling Method – Students' Perspectives on Archimate and 4EM. Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures - An International Journal.
  • Petersen, Sobah Abbas; Iqbal, Maria; Williams, Alan; Baxter, Gavin. (2023). GES App - Mobile Application to support reflection and documentation of Global Employability Skills. IADIS International Journal on WWW/Internet.
  • Banerjee, Pradipta; Petersen, Sobah Abbas. (2023). Learning in Cities from Within and Across Cities: A Scoping Review. Triple Helix: A Journal of University-Industry-Government Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
  • Bokolo, Anthony Junior; Petersen, Sobah Abbas. (2022). Using an Extended Technology Acceptance Model to Predict Enterprise Architecture Adoption in Making Cities Smarter. Environment Systems and Decisions
  • Alvsvåg, Rebekka; Bokolo, Anthony Junior; Petersen, Sobah Abbas. (2022). The Role of a Data Marketplace for Innovation and Value-Added Services in Smart and Sustainable Cities. Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS).
  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie; Harboe, Lisbet; Hoelscher, Kristian; Petersen, Sobah Abbas. (2022). Interpretive Flexibility as an Approach to Designing Inclusive Urban Space: Learning from Medellín and Beirut. Nordic Journal of Urban Studies.
  • Petersen, Sobah Abbas; Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie. (2021). Circularity in Small Island Cities. ERCIM News.
  • Bokolo, Anthony Junior; Petersen, Sobah Abbas; Helfert, Markus; Ahlers, Dirk; Krogstie, John. (2021). Modelling pervasive platforms and digital services for smart urban transformation using an enterprise architecture framework. Information Technology and People.
  • Sobah Abbas Petersen, Zohreh Pourzolfaghar, Iyas Alloush, Dirk Ahlers, John Krogstie, Markus Helfert. (2019). Collaborative Networks and Digital Transformation: 20th IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE 2019.
  • Oliveira, Manuel, Petersen, Sobah Abbas. The choice of serious games and gamification: a case study to illustrate key differences. Serious Games Development and Applications: 5th International Conference.
  • Amir Sinaeepourfard, John Krogstie, Sobah Abbas Petersen, Arild Gustavsen. (2018).  A zero emission neighbourhoods data management architecture for smart city scenarios: discussions toward 6Vs challenges. International Conference on Information and Communication Technology Convergence (ICTC).