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 (