Seminar Series on Innovations in Corruption Studies: ‘Matters of Ambivalence or Ambivalence Matters: Evidence from the Global Informality Project’

On 9th December 2015 Professor Alena Ledeneva will present insights from the Global Informality Project ( 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).

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.

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

For more information, please download the seminar schedule below or contact Dr Philipp Köker (