The Global Informality Project

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The Global Informality Project / Encyclopaedia of Informality

  • provides the first multimedia online resource that explores informal practices and structures from a global perspective and unites scholars of informality from all over the world
  • is an interdisciplinary research project led by the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies - through its comparative perspective, the encyclopaedia explores:
    • the existence of multiple moralities
    • the resilience of informal practices
    • the legitimacy of informal practices
    • institutional arrangements
    • cultural and historical contexts of informality
    • the framing of informality
  • sets up a platform for the submission of entries on informal practises from all over the globe. It will be comprehensive and easily accessible not only for the academic community, but also for policy makers, businesses, travellers and the public.
  • a printed version of selected entries is also planned, with preliminary interest from Cambridge University Press as part of its FP7 ANTICORRP series of publications and UCL Press.
  • the first volume will focus on exploring the boundaries between informality and corruption, including the ambivalence of informal practices and their major implications for anti-corruption policy.

Contributing to the Encyclopaedia

The encyclopedia is based on authored entries of approximately 1,000-1,500 words. We are looking for contributors who have done primary, if not pioneering research of aspects of informality. If you are interested in contributing or would like to suggest concepts for inclusions, please contact Project Coordinator Petra Matijevic at

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