Paul Heywood is author, co-author or editor of eighteen books and more than eighty journal articles and book chapters. His research focuses primarily on political corruption and integrity management, as well as institutional design and state capacity.

He is currently seconded until July 2021 with Global Integrity in Washington DC, where he is leader of the $7m DFID-funded Anti-Corruption Evidence programme (GI-ACE). The programme is designed to identify new initiatives that can help developing countries tackle the scourge of corruption and the negative impact it has on millions of people's lives, and follows on from an earlier £3.6m British Academy/DFID initiative (2015-18) that Professor Heywood also led.

Other recent funded research includes an ESRC/Hong Kong project on Integrity Management in the UK, HK and China; an EU FP7 project, ANTICORRP, on anti-corruption policies; and TACOD, an EU project on tackling corruption through open data. He was the UK Local Research Correspondent on Corruption (2012-16) for the European Commission's DG Home Affairs, helping to produce the 2014 EU Anti-Corruption Report. He is an editor of, a recently launched initiative that focuses on sector-based approaches to tackling corruption.

Professor Heywood graduated with an MA in Politics (First Class) from the University of Edinburgh, then did postgraduate studies in Madrid and at the LSE, from where he received his MSc(Econ) and PhD (Politics). Before taking up a Chair at Nottingham in 1995, he taught at the University of Glasgow and at the University of London. He also worked for the Economist Intelligence Unit, London (1989-93).

In 2006, Heywood was appointed Adjunct Professor at the University of Hunan (China), where he is Senior Adviser to the Center for Clean Governance. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (elected 2002), and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (elected 2012). In 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. He was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Transparency International UK in 2015, where he chairs the Advocacy and Research Committee.

Related Publications

Afghanistan: Overview of corruption and anti-corruption with a focus on development assistance

  • development
  • afghanistan

Correlation between corruption and inequality

  • economic growth
  • inequality
  • poverty

Developing a code of conduct for NGOs

  • codes of conduct
  • integrity
  • ngos

Proactive Disclosure of Information and State-Owned Enterprises

  • access to information
  • soes

Best practices in reducing bureaucracy and corruption

  • public administration
  • red tape
  • bureaucracy

Paul Heywood


University of Nottingham

Professional Title

Sir Francis Hill Professor of European Politics




Political use and abuse of (anti-)corruption; Disaggregation and sector-based approaches to combating corruption; Measurement of corruption; Integrity management approaches; Conceptual analysis of corruption and integrity

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