IICRR researcher receives major Marie Curie Horizon 2020 funding award

Dr Abel Polese

DCU has been awarded a €900,000 grant through Marie Curie RISE (H2020). The project is entitled “SHADOW: An exploration of the nature of informal economies and shadow practices in the former USSR region”. It will run for four years and will be coordinated by IICRR with Dr Abel Polese as the Principal Investigator.  IICRR Director Prof John Doyle, Prof Eileen Connolly and Dr Donnacha Ó Beacháin will also contribute to the project.


SHADOW is a research and training programme with the goal of producing strategic intelligence on the region and train a generation of specialists on informality in post-Soviet spaces. SHADOW’s  goals are two-fold: 1) it will construct an index to provide an accurate measurement of the level of shadow activities in target countries; 2) it will conceptualise a taxonomy of shadow practices in the post-USSR region in a cross-country and cross-regional perspective. Both goals will contribute to a much better understanding of the threats and opportunities that the former USSR region, of fundamental importance for the EU, offers.


In addition to DCU, SHADOW will draw on the expertise of multiple partners:

Lund University (Sweden)

University of Bucharest (Romania)

Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)

Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (Latvia)

Levada Center (Russia)

SIAR (Kyrgyzstan)

University of Law and Trade (Uzbekistan)

Center for Social Sciences (Georgia)

Kiev International Institute of Sociology (Ukraine)

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