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Seventh Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Forum

June 15 - 17, 2023, Barcelona

The Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Network (ICRN) has the pleasure to announce the Seventh edition of the ICRN Forum.  The Forum will take place on 15- 17th June, 2023, at the Department of Political Science of the University of Barcelona, Spain. 


The Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Forum aims to bring together international early career researchers from all disciplines (including, but not limited to, anthropology, economics, history, law, political science, psychology, sociology) working on the topics related to corruption, anti-corruption, open government, and integrity to present their current research, discuss working papers and initiate collaborative research projects. Forming a thematic network of early career researchers is key to Forum activities.


The Forum provides a platform to discuss research at three stages of work: work in progress, advanced/finalised research projects, as well as co-creations sessions to find other scholars who share their research interests and initiate new projects. The Forum aims to bridge the gap between academia and the policy sphere, and as such, will also host a panel debate between scholars and practitioners. The panel will be open to the public.


We welcome theoretical and empirical contributions on the topics of corruption, ethics/ integrity, open government, and anti-corruption initiatives at the local, national and international contexts. Contributions on formal and informal institutions, the role of elites, new technologies, and international organizations are particularly encouraged. 


The deadline for applications was February 1, 2023.


In your application, please indicate whether you would like to present your research results, work in progress or co-creation. Notification of acceptance will be sent out in early March, 2023.


In the selection process, we apply the following criteria:


 (a) quality of abstract 

(b) relevance and innovativeness of proposal,

(c) early career scholars are given priority (Research MA, PhD, post-doc, junior/assistant professor),

(d) regional diversity. 


Participation is free of charge, and coffee, snacks, lunches, and one conference dinner will be provided. Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and accommodation. Currently, we are trying to find opportunities to provide funding for participants from developing countries. If successful, we will announce further procedures on our website and social media outlets (Facebook group and Twitter @ICR_Network) where information is actively kept up-to-date.


If you have further questions or need clarification, please contact the organizational committee at


We look forward to receiving your application!