Call for Papers


The Global Conference on Transparency Research addresses an interdisciplinary community of scholars including disciplines such as law, business, economics, communication, sociology, political science, public administration, journalism, and philosophy – all connected through their interest in transparency. 


Topics that will be discussed include:

  • Transparency: concept and determinants
  • Transparency and technology
  • Roots of transparency and critics
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Transparency and corruption
  • Transparency, democracy and politics
  • Transparency in developing countries
  • Transparency and FOI legislation
  • Transparency reform and governance
  • Transparency and (national) security
  • Transparency and NGOs/Ios
  • Open data
  • Transparency and participation
  • Transparency and regulatory compliance
  • Transparency and privacy
  • Transparency in the EU
  • Transparency and trust


** Contributions regarding the realities and limits of transparency in the security and military sector are especially encouraged.


Language: The working language for the conference is English. All presentations should accordingly be in English. Nevertheless, abstracts and papers can also be submitted in French, German and Italian.

Abstracts: Deadline for the submission of abstracts is February 15, 2015. Individual abstracts should be 400 words long.

Final Papers: Final papers should typically be 7,000 - 8,000 words long and appropriate to submit to an academic journal. We will make all papers available in the download section below. Please let us know in advance if you do not want your paper posted online, and we will only circulate it among the participants. Deadline for the submission of final papers is May 15, 2015.

Submission: Abstracts and final papers can be submitted to transparency [at] usi [dot] ch