Investigative... urbanism? Studying corruption and informal political process in the construction sector in Kyiv, Ukraine
How can we study corruption?
Being all-encompassing yet covert phenomenon, corruption can be hardly grasped with conceptual description. In the urban development discourses, corruption is often "an elephant in the room" - its presence as the background of all the processes is a given, and yet we often avoid talking about it directly and in more concrete terms.
Nevertheless, urban planning and governance are particularly vulnerable to corruption (Patlai, 2019). Therefore, we should be looking for ways to study and talk about corruption in these sectors.
The master thesis of Daria Patlai proposes an investigative methodology for systematic analysis of corruption opportunities in urban planning and housing construction in Ukraine. Exemplifying issues in spatial planning, it demonstrates that corrupt practices in the construction sector generate the risk of bribery in the adjacent sectors. It argues that the sectoral expertise of urban practitioners in collaboration with anti-corruption institutions, media, and civil society plays a crucial role in combating corruption in urban planning and that it can help to create some strategic and risk management instruments for its prevention.
CANactions School invites to discuss this thesis with the author.
DariaPatlai is an architect, urban planner and urban researcher. She obtained her Master of Science degree at the University of Stuttgart, having successfully defended the thesis "Investigative... urbanism? Informal Rules and Relations in the Urban Development Process: corruption opportunities, forms and impacts from the urban planner's point of view. Case study: housing construction in Kyiv, Ukraine".