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Seminar on Innovations in Corruption Studies – Events in 2016

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After the success of the first part of the seminar series ‘Innovations in Corruption Studies in Europe and beyond’ presented jointly by FP7 ANTICORRP, the Centre for European Politics, Security and Integration and the Slavonic and East European Review, the UCL ANTICORRP team and I have organised another series of events for the spring term 2016.

Unless otherwise indicated, seminars take place Wednesdays, 1-2pm in room 433 at UCL SSEES and are followed by tea/coffee and a light sandwich lunch.

No registration is required. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or download the seminar schedule here.

Seminar Series on Innovations in Corruption Studies in Europe and Beyond

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. ANTICORRP-CEPSI poster JPGIn 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.

Successful PhD thesis defence

From left to right: Dr James Melton (UCL School of Public Policy, internal examiner), Professor Robert Elgie (Dublin City University, external examiner), Dr Allan Sikk (UCL SSEES, principal supervisor), myself.

From left to right: Dr James Melton (UCL School of Public Policy, internal examiner), Professor Robert Elgie (Dublin City University, external examiner), Dr Allan Sikk (UCL SSEES, principal supervisor), myself.

Today I successfully defended my doctoral thesis “Veto et Peto: Patterns of Presidential Activism in Central and Eastern Europe” on which I worked since October 2010 at University College London – School of Slavonic and East European Studies. You can read more about my PhD research on http://www.presidentialactivism.com.

SSEES Excellence Scholarship

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After having held the SSEES Foundation Scholarship – my department’s only 3-year, full doctoral scholarship (£15,000 p.a.) – from 2010 to 2013, I have now been awarded the SSEES Excellence Scholarship, worth £2,000.

The purpose of the SSEES Excellence Scholarship is to support outstanding research students in the final stages of writing-up the dissertation and is awarded based on a record of academic excellence and excellence in the doctoral programme to date. More information can be found here.

13th International Postgraduate Conference on Central and Eastern Europe

I am once again involved in planning the SSEES International Postgraduate Conference. Please find the Call for Papers below & feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

Old Rules & New Traditions:
Generational Divides in
Central and Eastern Europe

13th International Postgraduate Conference on Central and Eastern Europe
School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London

19-21 February 2014

Generational divides with regard to rules and traditions are a recurring theme in the past and present of Central and Eastern Europe. The region has been subject to great turmoil and has undergone a multitude of changes and transformations over time. While some traditions have survived, others have been overhauled. Rules have been broken or adapted; yet each generation has also attempted to make their own rules and created new traditions.