Fourth annual London workshop on institutional studies announced

This workshop, entitled “Crisis and Persistence: Dynamics of institutional changes at the interface of the formal and informal institutions” will be held online on 21 and 22 September 2021.

The Friday Association for Institutional Studies (a collective including members of the Birkbeck Centre for Political Economy and Institutional Studies (CPEIS), the Centre for Comparative Studies of Emerging Economies (CCSEE) at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES UCL) and the Institute for International Management at Loughborough University London) have organised the fourth annual London workshop on institutional studies.

As the COVID sanitary emergency continues to unfold, we are reminded of the key role crises often play in institutional change.

This workshop will feature several talks from leading experts in the field all delving deeper into how crises and issues and spark transformative institutional change.

Dr Gerhard Schnyder, Director of the Institute for International Management, will chair Session 1 on Tuesday 21 September 2021, focussing on ‘Institutional resilience under pressure, frictions and uncertainties’.

Session 2 will take place on Wednesday 22 September 2021 and will be chaired by Dr Elodie Douarin, (University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies), with discussions based on the theme of ‘Institutional change in times of crisis’.

After session 2, Professor Alena Ledeneva (University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies) will deliver a keynote address. Her talk is entitled “Informal Institutions: Paradigm Shifts and Matters of Ambivalence”.

More information about this workshop, including the full schedule, can be found here.

For any queries, please contact Dr Gerhard Schnyder (

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2020 QS World University Rankings and top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2020, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 8th in The UK Complete University Guide 2020.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.