The project

A Change of Direction is a European project aimed at developing a conceptual, normative and social framework to enable employees and citizens to safely report crime and corruption, in accordance with guidelines capable of clarifying their rights and obligations. The project is funded by the European Commission through the Internal Security Fund instrument.


Whistleblowing is the disclosure or reporting on the part of individual citizens and workers of information relevant to the public concerning episodes of corruption or other forms of wrongdoing. This conference brings together international scholars from across a range of disciples in the social sciences to discuss whistleblowing within the broader framework of actions to counter political corruption.


Institutional Corruption: A Causal Account

Seumas Miller / Charles Sturt University, Delft University of Technology

The Relational Injustice of Political Corruption

Emanuela Ceva / University of Pavia

Varieties of Political Corruption

Gillian Brock / University of Auckland

Lunch Break

Confronting Conflict of Interest and Corruption: The Case of Independent Scientific Advice

Maria Paola Ferretti / Goethe University Frankfurt

The Politics of Whistleblowing for Corruption in Politics

Mark Philp / University of Warwick

What Is It Like To Be a Whistleblower? A Modest View

Michele Bocchiola / University of Pavia


Attendance is free. Please register by 15 October 2016. You can also specify the partecipation in the lunch and/or social dinner.

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Pavia is easily accessible by different means. It is only 35km from Milan. You can arrive to Pavia either by train (Pavia train station) or by taking the Milan-Genova motorway exit.

From Milan Linate you can take a bus to Milano Central Station (it is called AIR BUS, it runs every 30 minutes and it takes 30 minutes) and then a train to Pavia.

From Malpensa Airport you can take a bus (they run every 10 minutes and the trip takes 45-50 minutes, visit, or the Malpensa Express train (it runs every 30 minutes and it takes 46 minutes, visit to Milano Central Station, then a train to Pavia.

From Orio al Serio Airport you can take a bus to Milano Central Station (they run every 20 minutes and the trip takes 45-50 minutes, visit and then a train to Pavia.

The Pavia railway station is served by regional, inter-regional, Intercity and Eurocity trains as well as a suburban line (S13). You can visit both the Trenitalia ( and the Trenord ( websites to check prices and timetables.

Once you get to Pavia you can easily reach the conference venues and the accommodation either by bus or by walking.