Seminar Series on Innovations in Corruption Studies: ‘Where does informality stop and corruption begin?’

On 17 March 2016, Dr Claudia Baez-Camargo (Basel Institute of Governance) and Alena Ledeneva (UCL SSEES) will present their paper ‘Where does informality stop and corruption begin? Informal governance and public/private crossover in Mexico, Russian and Tanzania’. Following the presentation, they will be joined by Fredrick Galtung (Integrity Action). The event is 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).

Claudia Baez-Camargo is Head of Governance Research at the Basel Institute on Governance where she is responsible for the development, oversight and management of the Institute’s research activities in the areas of public and global governance. Claudia also works with a broad range of interested stakeholders on consultancy projects aimed at developing context sensitive strategies to prevent corruption in the public sector.

Fredrik Galtung is the chief executive of Integrity Action. Over the past 20 years, Fredrik has consulted on strategic corruption control in more than forty countries, working with governments, international organisations, companies, foundations and development agencies. Fredrik is considered one of the foremost experts on measurements and metrics pertaining to corruption, fraud and organizational integrity.

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, informal practices, and the role of networks and patron client relationship in Russia and beyond. Her books have become must-read sources in Russian studies and the social sciences. Currently, she is the pillar leader of the EU-funded 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 download the seminar schedule below or contact Dr Philipp Köker (

ANTICORRP-CEPSI Seminar Schedule 2016