This term, I am involved in organising an exciting new seminar series under the title ‘Innovations in Corruption Studies in Europe and beyond’ will start next week at University College London – School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES). The series, presented jointly by the UCL ANTICORRP team, theSSEES Centre for European Politics, Security and Integration (CEPSI) and the Slavonic and East European Review, will bring together speakers from ANTICORPP partner institutions across Europe and showcase research conducted as part of the project at UCL and elsewhere. In addition, the series will prepare for the launch of a SEER special issue on innovations in corruption studies edited by Professor Alena Ledeneva (to be published January 2017), a key deliverable of the project.
In particular, the seminars will address how research in the area of corruption has evolved as a result of accumulated knowledge and in response to specific academic and policy critiques as well as to a changing geopolitical environment. Furthermore, speakers will offer new methodological perspectives on measuring corruption which go beyond traditional perception-based approaches and demonstrate alternative theoretical approaches to corruption as well as cover the global scope as well as everyday aspects of corruption and informality.
Seminars will run throughout the academic year 2015/2016 and will be opened by Professor Paul M Heywood (University of Nottingham) on 14 October 2015 with a talk on the state of the art and innovations in corruption research. Further speakers will include Muhittin Acar(Hacettepe University, Ankara), Claudia Baez-Camargo (Basel Institute of Governance), Monika Bauhr (QoG), Roxana Bratu (UCL), Mihály Fazekas (University of Cambridge), Alena Ledeneva (UCL), Andrej Školkay (SKAMBA) and Dimitri Sotiropulous (University of Athens).
Seminars are open to all interested students, university staff and researchers as well anybody dealing with corruption, political/administrative misconduct and transparency or accountability mechanisms in a professional capacity. No registration is required.
Seminars will take place Wednesday, 1-2pm, in room 433 at SSEES and will be followed by and informal discussion over coffee/tea in the Masaryk Senior Common Room.