The third edition of the Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Forum took place in on June 7-9, 2018, in the beautiful city of Gothenburg at the Quality of Government Institute .
This year, 50 participants from 37 countries gathered to discuss of the main topic of the forum, Mechanisms of Corruption: Regional Perspectives and Potential Solutions. As in previous years, the forum aimed to provide a platform for exchange between junior scholars working on corruption-related issues from different disciplines and practitioners, in view to initiate joint research projects. Such exchanges help to understand, analyse and eventually reduce the complex and socially harmful phenomenon of corruption.
To this end and to better serve the individual interests of the participants, the ICR Forum 2018 has introduced new workshop formats: Promotion of results panels were meant to offer the opportunity to present completed research projects of projects near completion to disseminate knowledge about corruption. The goal of work in progress workshops was to present research in the making and to get detailed feedback from the audience. Last, but not least, co-creation sessions were held to facilitate collaboration ideas among the participants, such as teaming up for a grant proposal, brainstorming on a shared conference panel, drafting the outline of a summer school, laying the foundation for a working group, workshop, etc.
In total, the forum accommodated 18 different workshop sessions. In addition, stimulating keynote speeches were delivered by established researchers and practitioners: Victor Lapuente Gine (University of Gothenburg), Richard Messick (World Bank), Anna Persson (University of Gothenburg) and Anastasia Piliavsky (University of Cambridge). Trying to bridge the gap between investigative journalism and academia in the fight against corruption, the forum hosted a lively panel debate with inputs from Nils Hanson (Sveriges Television), Ilya Lozovsky (Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project), Richard Messick, and Anastasia Piliavsky. The forum concluded with an excursion to the archipelago of Gothenburg that stretches along the coast. The forum participants were invited to spend a full day on the island, enjoy the stunning landscape, charming villages and a dip in the sea, and – most importantly – get to know each other better and have a blast. The event was organized by the ICR Network [link to founding members] and generously funded by the Quality of Government Institute at the University of Gothenburg and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. Conference proceedings will be published in fall 2018.
We thank volunteers of the 3d ICRForum who helped tremendously during the course of the Forum:
Beatrice Stefania Comoli
See you next year in Kiev!