About Us

The Global Informality Encyclopaedia of Informality is an interdisciplinary research project led by UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies. It provides the first multimedia online resource that explores informal practices and structures from a global perspective.

Through its comparative and ethnographic investigations, the encyclopaedia explores the existence of multiple moralities, which account for the resilience of informal practices, and explore their legitimacy and institutional arrangements as well as the cultural and historical contexts of informality.

The project has delivered an online resource, overseen by UCL's Information Studies/Centre for Digital Humanities to unite scholars of informality all over the world, and provides a platform for the submission and curation of informal practises across the globe. It is a comprehensible, easily accessible resource targeting not only the academic community, but also policy makers, businesses and the public.

Current entries are available for viewing on our wiki and an archive of our newsletters ia also available online.

An interview with Prof. Alena Ledeneva

Prof Alena Ledeneva Informal Practices and Corruption around the World

The Wiki

The Global Informality Project Wiki is in development and open to contributions from research participants

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 us at informality2014@gmail.com.

The website, map and Wiki project was first set up by interns of the UCL Digital Humaties department.


Editor in Chief
Professor Alena Ledeneva

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