As a professor in politics at University of Sussex, Liz David-Barrett leads the Centre for the Study of Corruption’s (CSC) activities in research, teaching, and policy impact. Her research focuses on corruption risks at the interface between politics and business, in public procurement, lobbying and bribery, as well as on private-sector action to prevent corruption. She engages widely with anti-corruption practitioners in governments, the private sector, and NGOs; has written reports on the UK Bribery Act, lobbying and the revolving door, and local government corruption; and has given evidence to parliamentary select committees. David-Barrett previously worked in Croatia and Hungary as a journalist, reporting for The Economist, the Financial Times, the BBC World Service and Business Central Europe.  David-Barrett has a DPhil in Politics from Oxford, an MA in Slavonic and East European Studies from the University of London, and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Oxford). Mihály Fazekas is an assistant professor at the Central European University, School of Public Policy, with a focus on using Big Data methods to understand the quality of government globally. Fazekas also is the scientific director of the Government Transparency Institute, where he promotes the implementation of new measurement instruments of corruption and quality of government using ‘Big Data’. Fazekas’ research and policy interests revolve around corruption, favouritism, private sector collusion, and government spending efficiency. He regularly consults the European Commission, Council of Europe, EBRD, OECD, World Bank, and a range of national governments and NGOs across the globe. Fazekas received his PhD from the University of Cambridge and studied public policy at the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin), economics at the Corvinus University of Budapest, and teaching at the Corvinus University of Budapest.

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Why is collecting and analysing data about public procurement so damned difficult? Data scientists explain some common problems

In a new Red Flags Explainer, Liz David-Barrett, Mihaly Fazekas, Agnes Czibik, Bence Toth, and Isabelle Adam draw on their experience of building and analysing datasets of government procurement over the past ten years to answer some Frequently Asked Questions about their work.