RIACS – Rutgers Institute on Anti-Corruption Studies

The mission of Rutgers Institute on Anti-Corruption Studies (RIACS) is to conduct research on private and public corruption and devise ways to reduce it. The institute has established a global network of associates, and these renowned researchers and practitioners build on their experience and work collaboratively with Rutgers faculty to help achieve the mission. In addition, RIACS works internationally with agencies, companies, NGOs, and nations seeking to better understand corruption and its prevention and strengthen their economic and governance infrastructure. RIACS trains graduate students to do research on corruption and applies this research to real-world conditions.The vision of RIACS is to respond to corruption through the exchange of ideas and collaborative work on projects as well as deliver education and technical assistance on counter-corruption practices. The institute works closely with SPAA and a global network of associates among other entities such as the United Nations, World Bank, and Transparency International to implement its vision. In accordance with SPAA's role in establishing resources to promote government transparency, performance measurement, and ethics, RIACS opens up a space of leadership, education, research and collaboration with government, business and the community towards enhancing government transparency and accountability. RIACS associates have the opportunity to share knowledge, develop knowledge collaboratively and contribute best ideas and practices toward countering corruption.

  • Director
    Yahong Zhang, PhD
    Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA)
    yahongzh@newark.rutgers.edu
    973-353-5290
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