how to research corruption

Our vision

We are a network of corruption researchers from different disciplinary, national and cultural backgrounds. We believe that exchange and collaboration is paramount to foster the understanding of the complex and socially harmful phenomenon of corruption.


The vision of the Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Network is to reconcile

varying perspectives into a constructive outlet for the progression of scientific research

on corruption.


Our objectives

  • Cultivate underdeveloped perspectives and broaden the trajectory of corruption discourse
  • Expand collaborative opportunities across professional and disciplinary boundaries
  • Maintain independence against institutional constraints on membership eligibility, research, and policy priorities

Our goals

The overarching goal of this program is to enhance the quality of scientific research on corruption, its sources and consequences as well as on good governance with the ambition to boost its application in the policy-making and implementation domains .


We intend to achieve these goals in two main phases:

  1. Establish the network of scholars and foster solidarity and exchange of research approaches and results from their respective disciplines.
  2. Introduction and integration of policy professionals and implementers into the network and to build a bridge from scientific research on corruption to policy application.


This program is innovative insofar as it will be the first such interdisciplinary network of scholars committed to scientific research on corruption and good governance. Furthermore, it will be a pioneering effort in knowledge transfer from academia to the policy and implementation spheres on these issues.


3. ICRN Forum Coming Up...

Program 3. ICRN Forum
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This June the Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Network will organize its third Forum. This time we meet at the Quality of Government Institute of the University of Gothenburg. The forum will take place from the 7th - 9th June 2018.


The ICRForum 2018 will offer a platform for presenting research and exchanging new ideas on how corruption works in practice and how the mechanisms of corruption, e.g. norms, vary across regions and cultures.

These discussions will combine theoretical and empirical efforts to identify context-specific patterns of corruption and respective anti-corruption policies.


The Forum will have three types of workshops:

1 Presentation of completed projects. Here participants will present their completed work or work near completion
2 Presentation of the work in progress. Participants will present their research projects in their initial or intermediary phases.
3 Co-Creation. The topics of the Co-Creation workshops will be defined just before the start of the workshop session or developed during its course. Using the topics collectively agreed upon, participants will engage in brainstorming, thinking “outside the box”, to identify common interests within the group to initiate collaboration. Each group through open collaboration will aim to produce a cross-disciplinary research product, such as joint publication, teaching activities, or conference/panel organization, but also more innovative ideas that may advance corruption research and policy prescriptions.


This years' keynote speakers at the Forum are:

Richard Messick (World Bank) with the talk "The Battle Against Corruption: report from the Frontline."

Associate Professor Anna Persson (University of Gothenburg) with the talk "Why Corruption Persists: Insights from Sub-Saharan Africa."

Professor Anastasia Piliavsky (University of Cambridge) with the talk "Understanding corruption in other cultures."

Associate Professor Victor Lapuente Gine (University of Gothenburg) with the talk "The Uncorrupted Leviathan."


The Forum will close with a panel debate on the topic “Why has academia failed in raising awareness about corruption compared to journalism?” and “How can academia and journalism cooperate in disseminating knowledge about corruption?” The panelists will include investigative journalists, academics, and practitioners.


The panelists will include:

Omar Waraich, Deputy South Asia Director at Amnesty International


Ilya Lozovsky, Managing editor of OCCRP (Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project)


Nils Hanson, investigative journalist from Swedish public service television company

as well as the keynote speakers


We look forward to meeting you and discuss (anti-)corruption in June,

The Organizors

Ketevan Bolkvadze

Annika Engelbert

Steven Gawthorpe

Oksana Huss

Ina Kubbe

Nils Köbis

Anna Schwickerath

Marina Povitkina

Aiysha Varraich

Sofia Wickberg

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