JUNE 11-13, 2020, BERGEN, NORWAY

!Update! First keynote speaker confirmed: Prof. Tina Søreide (Norwegian School of Economics, NHH)



The Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Network (ICRN) is happy to announce the Fifth edition of the ICRN Forum, which will take place on June 11-13, 2020 at Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) in Bergen, Norway.







The ICRN Forum aims to bring together international junior researchers from all disciplines (including, but not limited to, psychology, economics, political science, sociology, law, anthropology, history) working in the fields of (anti-)corruption and integrity to present their current research, discuss working papers and initiate collaborative research projects. The ICRN Forum is especially aimed at junior researchers (PhD, Post-Docs), but advanced Master students can also apply.  We also encourage practitioners working in the field of (anti-)corruption to apply and attend the Forum.


Forming a network of junior researchers working on (anti-)corruption is key to Forum activities. The Forum will additionally host several keynote speeches and a panel debate that will be open to the public.

We welcome theoretical and empirical contributions that discuss various manifestations of corruption, understandings of integrity as well as important anti-corruption initiatives at the local, national and international contexts. Contributions examining dynamics of corruption, anti-corruption and integrity pertaining to formal and informal institutions, the role of elites, new technologies and international organizations are also welcomed.

Participating in the event is free of charge, including coffee, snacks and lunches. Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and accommodation.

The application deadline has passed. Those who have applied will hear from us shortly as notifications of acceptance will be sent out by the end of February, 2020.

Information about previous ICRN Forums is available here. If you have any questions, please contact us at

In the selection process, we apply the following criteria:

- Quality of abstract

- Junior scholar: (MA, PhD, post-doc, junior/assistant professor) or Practitioner

- Relevance and "innovativeness" of proposal

- Regional diversity.


We look forward to receiving your applications and seeing you in Bergen! 

The ICRN team


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.


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