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 took place from the 7th - 9th June 2018, with the support from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond



The ICRForum 2018 offered 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 combined theoretical and empirical efforts to identify context-specific patterns of corruption and respective anti-corruption policies.


The Forum has three types of workshops:

1 Presentation of completed projects. Here participants presented their completed work or work near completion
2 Presentation of the work in progress. Participants presented their research projects in their initial or intermediary phases.
3 Co-Creation. The topics of the Co-Creation workshops were defined just before the start of the workshop session or developed during its course. Using the topics collectively agreed upon, participants engaged in brainstorming, thinking “outside the box”, to identify common interests within the group to initiate collaboration. Each group through open collaboration aimed 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 were:

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 closed 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 included investigative journalists, academics, and practitioners.


Looking forward to next year's forum in Kiev!

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!