Undertaking and facilitating research is a central element of IACA’s mandate and helps to support the organization’s programmes and activities around the world. By making these outputs available to a broad audience, IACA intends to position itself as a centre of innovative thinking in anti-corruption and compliance.

Below is a small sample of research publications.

Research Papers

IACA professors and researchers conduct original research in the areas of collective action, compliance, and (private sector) anti-corruption with the aim of establishing new benchmarks and practice-oriented approaches.


Research Paper No. 1

A Review of Benchmarking Studies on Anti-Corruption Compliance Programmes

Han-Kyun Rho

Research Paper No. 2

AML/CFT and Anti-Corruption Compliance Regulation: Two Parallel Roads?

Eduard Ivanov

Research Paper No. 3

The Compliance Role: A Proposal for Improved Understanding

Han-Kyun Rho

Research Paper No. 4

The Anatomy of Corruption Practices: A Theoretical Framework for a ‘Macro’ Analysis

Andrea Minto

Research Paper No. 5

Defining Whistleblowing

Ruggero Scaturro

Research Paper No. 6

The Use of Intermediaries in Corrupt Deals: Lessons from the Petrobrás Case for Compliance Officers

Diogo Moretti

Research Paper No. 7

Collective Action Theory Applied to Anti-Corruption Practice: A Bolivian Case Study

 Martin Zapata

Research Paper No. 8

Academic Study on the Potential Nexus Between Corruption and Migration: The Case of Forced and Irregular Migrants in Sweden

Iryna Mikhnovets

Research Paper No. 9

The role of compliance in the fight against corruption in aid and in particular in the humanitarian sector

Malika Aït-Mohamed Parent

Research Paper No. 10

Changing Winds and Shifting Sands: Enforcement, a Driver for Corporate Behavioural Transition Towards Compliance, Even in Cases of Voluntary Disclosure

Mallika Mahajan

Research Paper No. 11

Inhibiting Factors for Small and Medium Scale Enterprise (SMEs) Participation in Anti-Corruption Collective Action. A Case Study of the Malawi SMEs

Ipyana Musopole

Research Paper No. 12

Does corruption end in the safe heaven: the voice of refugees in the destination country

Iryna Mikhnovets

Practical Tool

Overview of Anti-Corruption Compliance Standards and Guidelines

Eduard Ivanov


Master’s Theses

Below are some examples of master’s theses by graduates of IACA’s Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme for which independent research was conducted. Publication of MACS theses on the IACA website is an ongoing process, and we will add more works as we secure the authors’ permissions for online publication. Hard copies of all MACS theses are available in the IACA library.

Measuring the Effectiveness of Canadian Whistleblowing Law

Frédéric St-Martin

2012 – 2014 Class

Corruption Prevention and Control in the Humanitarian Space: Paving the Way from Naivety to Compliance

Malika Aït-Mohamed Parent

2014 – 2016 Class

Institutional Corruption: The Australian Department of Defence’s Achilles Heel

Michael Callan

2014 – 2016 Class

Reforming the System of Asset Declarationin Malaysia as a Strategy to Combat Corruption

Chin Chin Hong

2014 - 2016 Class

Collusion in Public Procurement and Bureaucratic Corruption: Uncertainties, Transaction Costs, and Institutional Change

Diogo Moretti

2014 – 2016 Class

Institutional multiplicity and coordination in the fight against corruption: Comparative study between El Salvador and Guatemala

Gabriela Ibarra

2015 – 2017 Class

Rents, Rent-Seeking and Corruption in Transnational Labour Migration: A Case Study of Labour Migration from Bangladesh to Malaysia

Rezaul Karim

2015 – 2017 Class


Repairing Institutions for the Adoption of Anti-Corruption Strategy by Variously-Sized Firms: A Case Study of Indian Customs

Mallika Mahajan

2015 – 2017 Class 

The Influence of Incentive Structures on Collective Action: The Case of Anti-Corruption Collective Action in Malawi

Ipyana Musopole

2015 – 2017 Class