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About the Anti-Corruption Research Network

What’s at stake?

Around the globe, corruption researchers from a range of fields need better access to cutting edge information coming from both academia and from practical experience. Likewise, within the Transparency International movement there are often instances where our chapters and activists are working on an anti-corruption project, and need vital background research done to explore key issues more in-depth.

What we’re doing about it

The Anti-Corruption Research Network, set up by Transparency International in 2010, provides an open global meeting point for researchers from a host of disciplines to present their latest findings and exchange ideas with peers and practitioners. The network currently has 1300 members and the recent migration to a new, more interactive online platform is facilitating constant expansion. Three key pillars form the basis of the network’s academic engagement:
1. Quarterly newsletter: The quarterly Anti-Corruption Research Network newsletter is disseminated to over 5,000 subscribers. It contains the latest information and updates from the academic research community. You can sign up today or access previous editions of the newsletter here.

2. Academic partnerships: Transparency International engages with academics and academic institutions in order to draw on the expertise available in academic communities to inform and enrich the fight against corruption. In particular, the ACRN encourages contributions from academics in the form of blog posts presenting their latest research or covering new developments within their field. Goal-orientated partnerships can be valuable since they allow academic institutions to benefit from the experience and expertise of a global network of frontline NGOs, and for Transparency International to benefit from the intellectual activity and corruption-related knowledge held by academic institutions.

3. Resource repositories: The ACRN hosts a comprehensive list of relevant anti-corruption courses and curricula as well as trainings for mid-career professionals, student summer schools and data inventories. Jobs, funding opportunities and calls for papers are also hosted on the marketplace.
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Campus for Transparency

The ACRN also coordinates the Campus for Transparency, which seeks to harness the research, expertise and creativity found in leading universities around the world. It links the various knowledge needs of Transparency International chapters with universities seeking to give their students experience of real-world consultancy projects. These collaborations help professionalise the anti-corruption movement by connecting national chapters with academics, providing additional research resources to Transparency International and introducing the next generation of policy-makers, scholars and practitioners to anti-corruption work.

Who’s involved

  • Transparency International national chapters and our secretariat
  • Academic partners such as universities and research institutes
  • Student groups


Our approach

The Anti-Corruption Research Network offers an online platform and quarterly research newsletter for anti-corruption researchers to present their latest findings and exchange ideas and information with peers and practitioners. It also provides an efficient entry point into the academic anti-corruption knowledge base for policy-makers and in-country experts.

The Anti-Corruption Research Network aims to stimulate and foster new, innovative research to address knowledge gaps and emerging issues in the field of anti-corruption. In particular, it promotes the engagement of young researchers working on governance and anti-corruption.

With our matchmaking service we aim to build a relationship with key partner universities providing their students with the opportunity to develop their skills and learn about Transparency International’s work while also supporting our national chapters with the benefit of innovative student research.


Contact us

Ben Wheatland, Knowledge Officer

The Anti-Corruption Research Network
Transparency International Secretariat
Alt-Moabit 96
10559 Berlin, Germany

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Our research correspondents

ACRN Research Correspondents are young scholars working on corruption research from a wide range of disciplines and regions. They contribute literature reviews of the latest and best in academic corruption research for the ACRN web platform.

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Niklas Kossow

Institution(s): Hertie School of Governance. Research Field: social media and corruption Read More...

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Berta van Schoor

Institution(s): Technical University of Munich, Pforzheim University. Research Field: multi-stakeholder anti-corruption initiatives and business ethics Read More...

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Brigitte Zimmerman

Institution(s): UCSD. Research Field: political economy of corruption

Giulio Nessi


Institution(s): Bocconi University of Milan. Research field: Public International Law, Transnational Criminal Law, and European Human Rights Law Read More...

Eugen Dimant

Institution(s): University of Paderborn, Germany and Harvard University, USA. Research Field: Behavioural economics of corruption, migration and corruption Read More...

Patricia Luque Carreiro

Institution(s): University of Brasília. Research Field: Behavioural science of corruption. Read More...

Donatella Casale

Institution: University of Siena. Reserach fileld: Anti-Corruption policy in local governments Read More...

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Lucía Gabriela Ixtacuy Figueroa

Institution(s): Hertie School of Governance Research Field: civil society and citizens’ initiatives against corruption Read More...

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Shahanaz Müller

Institution(s): Deloitte Forensic, Vienna, Austria. Research field: Whistleblowing

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