The Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Forum Series

3. ICR Forum - Mechanisms of Corruption: Regional Perspectives and Potential Solutions

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.


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

Past Conferences

Conference participation, organization and attendance

     ICRN Meet and Greet

@OECD Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum


Wednesday, March 28 at 11 AM - 12 PM
Room CC16
Looking forward to seeing you there!