Seminar Series on Innovations in Corruption Studies: ‘Innovative Strategies in Fighting Corruption in the Corporate Sector’

On 9 March 2016, Dr Elena Denisova-Schmidt (University of St Gallen) and Professor Alena Ledeneva (UCL SSEES) will present their paper ‘Innovative Strategies in Fighting Corruption in the Corporate Sector’ as part of the seminar series ‘Innovation Studies in Europe and beyond’. The series is presented jointly by the UCL ANTICORRP team, the SSEES Centre for European Politics, Security and Integration (CEPSI) and the Slavonic and East European Review (SEER). The series will bring together distinguished speakers from ANTICORPP partner institutions across Europe and prepare for the launch of a SEER special issue on innovations in corruption studies edited by Alena Ledeneva (to be published January 2017).

Elena Denisova-Schmidt is a lecturer at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland. Previously, she has taught and conducted research at the Humboldt University of Berlin, the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and the Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki. Before moving into academia, Denisova-Schmidt worked for the VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation in Russia. Her current research interests cover corruption and informal practices in various settings in Russia and Ukraine.

Alena Ledeneva is Professor of Politics and Society at University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies. She is an internally renowned expert on informal governance in Russia and has published widely on corruption, economic crime, informal practices, and the role of networks and patron client relationship in Russia and beyond. Her books Russia’s Economy of Favours (Cambridge University Press, 1998), How Russia Really Works (Cornell University Press, 2006), and Can Russia Modernize? Sistema, Power Networks and Informal Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2013), have become must-read sources in Russian studies and the social sciences. Currently, she is the pillar leader of the ANTICORRP research project and works on the Global Encyclopedia of Informality.

The seminar will be followed by an informal discussion over coffee/tea and a light sandwich lunch.

All students, staff and visitors are welcome. No registration required.

For more information, please contact Dr Philipp Köker (