Global Book Launch Events

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Kyoto, Japan

1 April 2019: Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

The event was organised by the Kyoto Institute of Economic research and the Japanese Society of Comparative Economic Studies.

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Tokyo, Japan

28 March 2019: Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan

The launch event was organised by Yuko Adachi, Sophia University, Tokyo and joined by Natsuko Oka, Institute of Developing Economies - Japan External Trade Organization.

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Boston, USA

7 December 2018: 50th Annual ASEEES convention

Round table The Global Encyclopedia of Informality: Towards Understanding of Social and Cultural Complexity at the 50th Annual ASEEES convention was chaired by Elena Denisova-Schmidt, University St. Gallen (Switzerland) and attended by Predrag Cveticanin, University of Nis (Serbia), Eric D. Gordy, UCL, Michal Murawski and Alena Ledeneva.

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New York, USA

4 December 2018: NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia

Is Russia more informal than other countries? Evidence from the Global Informality Project

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Washington D.C., USA

3 December 2018: Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington D.C.

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With Sergei Samoilenko, Yuval Weber and the host, Marlene Laruelle.

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Zurich, Switzerland

30 November 2018: University of Zurich, Switzerland

At the conference Informal Housing and Property Rights in Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the ISEK-Social Anthropology, University of Zurich, with round table participants: workshop organizers Eliza Isabaeva, University of Zurich, Jovana Dikovic, University of Zurich, and Udo Grasshoff, UCL, and Petra Matijevic.

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London, UK

28 November 2018: UCL SSEES

Alena Ledeneva and Cosimo Stahl were joined by Mr. Sung-Woon Na, Director, Institution Improvement General Division , Mr. Jun-Min Lee, Deputy Director, Institution Improvement General Division, Mr. Sung-Ho Jang, Deputy Director, Economic Institutional Improvement Division and Ms. Eun-Kyung Yang, Deputy Director, Complaints Information Analysis Division.

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Paris, France

6 November 2018: The Paris Institute for Advanced Study

Prof Saadi Lahlou, The Director of the IAS Paris, welcomed the Global Informality Project team of authors of the Encyclopaedia (pictured below left are Françoise Daucé and Florence Weber).

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The Encyclopaedia returns to the Institute of Advanced Studies, where it was born in 2013-14, and to Paris, home of all Encyclopaedias.

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Riga, Latvia

22 October 2018: Rīga Stradiņš University (Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte), Riga, Latvia

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St Petersburg, Russia

19 October: European University at St Petersburg, Russia

20 October: VII Annual International Conference on Governance in the Global World, Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg, Russia

Malatya, Turkey

9-11 October 2018: 13th Annual World Customs Organization PICARD Conference, Malatya, Turkey

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WCO Picard Conference

Belgrade, Serbia

11 June 2018: Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia


Alena Ledeneva, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London
Eric Gordy, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London
Predrag Cvetičanin, Faculty of Arts, University of Niš
Authors of Serbian entries to the Global Encyclopaedia of Informality


Ivana Spasić

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Moscow, Russia

8 June 2018: HSE-EACES Workshop, International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development at Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

With Andrei Yakovlev and Timothy Frye.

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Basel, Switzerland

24 April 2018: Basel Institute on Governance, Basel, Switzerland

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Skopje, Macedonia

12 April 2018: Institute for Democracy 'Societas Civilis' Skopje, Macedonia (FYROM)

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Lund, Sweden

26 March 2018: University of Lund, Sweden

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Bloomington, USA

6 April 2018: Center for Russian & East European Institute, School of Global & International Studies, Indiana University

Alisha Kirchoff, PhD student in Sociology at Indiana University has written a blog on the event.

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London, UK

22 March 2018: SSEES, UCL, London

The book launch was organised as a FRINGE event and took place at the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies.

List of speakers:

Introducing the panel:

Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen, Deputy Director of UCL IAS, UCL SELCS
Peter Zusi, Director of the FRINGE Centre, UCL SSEES


Alena Ledeneva, Professor of Politics and Society UCL SSEES
Marissa Smith, Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, UCL Anthropology
Predrag Cvetičanin, Centre for Empirical Cultural Studies of South-East Europe, Belgrade
Mark Pyman, Senior Fellow, Institue for Statecraft, London
Saadi Lahlou, Professor of Social Psychology, LSE Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science
Anna Bailey, Alumni UCL SSEES
Gregory Asmolov, Postdoctoral Fellow, King's College London

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Berlin, Germany

13 March 2018: Zentrum Liberale Moderne forum, Berlin

Alena Ledeneva and Eduard Klein joined the UCL Press dissemination stand and event at the Centre for Liberal Modernity forum in Berlin. (On the photo: Alena Ledeneva with Viktor Voronkov, Centre for Independent Studies, St Petersburg.)

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