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Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation
London School of Economics and Political Science
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CARR - Analysis of Risk and Regulation

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The Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) is an interdisciplinary research centre whose core intellectual work focuses on the organisational and institutional settings for risk management and regulatory practices.

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New Risk & Regulation Magazine: Edition 29 Summer 2015              

The latest issue of CARR’s bi-annual magazine focuses in particular on the theme of regulation for sustainability and also features articles about CARR activities.


Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships
Call for Expressions of Interest

The Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) invites expressions of interest from potential postdoctoral researchers to apply jointly with a supervisor from CARR to the European Commission's MSCA Individual Fellowship Scheme. Selected candidates will be hosted in CARR. For more information about how to apply please click here.    

Upcoming Workshops

Regulation of Standards in Public Life – A Roundtable

28 May 2015, 5-7pm

This Roundtable will bring together international academic and practitioner reflections on the challenges of regulating standards in public life.

Regulatory Agencies under Challenge

11 June, 3-5.30pm, 12 June, 9.30-4pm

This workshop will bring together international practitioner and academic perspectives on the future of the regulatory agency model. The workshop will feature on a number of cross-cutting challenges, namely questions of how to establish regulatory agencies in transition contexts, how understandings regarding regulatory independence may have changed over time, how regulatory agencies handle demands regarding their expertise, and how  regulatory agencies negotiate jurisdictional and other boundaries.

Please click here for the workshop programme

To register your interest in attending this event please click here to complete the registration form.

TransCrisis project receives EU funding

CARR is leading a joint project with seven other European partners on the EU’s transboundary crisis management capacities. The project is funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 scheme. The three year project will begin in April 2015.


Is 'academic citizenship' under strain?

Writing in Times Higher Education, Professor Michael Power, discussed “voluntary, often invisible, activity to sustain academic culture for its own sake, which brings benefits to a wider group than oneself or even one’s department”.




Risk Culture in Financial Organisations

Although there is widespread consensus that problems of ‘risk culture’ contributed to the financial crisis there is less agreement on what ‘risk culture’ actually is and how it might be managed by financial institutions. 

This project intends to increase our understanding of ‘risk culture’ and effect a knowledge transfer from academia to business by focusing on the ‘cultural drivers’ (e.g. the rate of expansion in operations, approaches to oversight and assurance, level of employee discretion and the framing of risk) which influence the risk taking and control activities of banks and other financial institutions (BOFIs). The intention is not to presume what a ‘good risk culture’ looks like but to investigate the often competing aspects of organisational culture which can drive both risk taking and its mitigation.  We aim for collective knowledge production – working together with CROs and other relevant actors to arrive at a shared view of the cultural factors that drive risk taking and avoiding within BOFIs.

The objectives of the project are as follows:

  • To provide a bottom-up view of risk culture, analysing in a practical way the ‘cultural drivers’ in the cultures of BOFIs which are risk-relevant.
  • To benchmark results obtained from a representative sample of organisations, providing an overview of common themes, unique aspects and areas of disagreement in the characteristics of BOFI risk cultures.
  • To develop a useable ‘risk culture instrument’ that can be used by CROs and others to manage their institutions’ risk cultures in a more explicit manner.

The report was published on 8 November 2012. To read the full report, please click here.  


Please click here to read the ESRC article titled "Researching risk in financial organisations" from 5 December 2012.


Risk Culture in Financial Organisations Project have published a Thinkpiece for CII on 20 May 2013. To read the Thinkpiece, please click here.


Final-Risk-Culture-ReportPress release - Risk Culture in Financial Organisations publish final report: 30 September 2013

Joint research from LSE (Professor Mike Power and Dr Tommaso Palermo) and Plymouth University (Dr Simon Ashby) published today dispels ‘myths’ that poor or deviant risk culture in financial institutions is mainly responsible for recent scandals.

The report, Risk Culture in Financial Organisations, says that current debates misleadingly equate risk culture with greater precaution and risk aversion. It challenges the notion that there is a clear distinction between ‘strong’ and ‘weak’ risk cultures.

Professor Mike Power comments, “The risk cultures of financial organisations are full of trade-offs, and how they manage those trade-offs is fundamental. This clearly includes, but is not restricted to, the need to balance risk and return. In addition, we find that ‘good’ risk culture is as much about organisational clarity and confidence in making these trade-offs, as it is about the level of risk taken as such, or indeed about ethics.”

The report also questions the direction of certain financial sector reforms, including the significant focus on issues such as governance, ethics and incentives.

To read the full press release, please click here.

To final report is available here and the Executive Summary is available here.    

Project Leaders

Professor Mike Power (LSE)


Dr Simon Ashby (Plymouth Business School)


Dr Tommaso Palermo (LSE)

Sponsors logos - CIMA, ESRC, CII, LRN

The Regulators’ Forum is a unique initiative to bring together academics and practitioners in the field of regulation to share insights and lessons regarding contemporary regulatory challenges. Contemporary regulation often takes places within distinct policy domains, with little opportunity to draw on cross-sectoral experiences. CARR’s Regulators’ Forum, supported by LSE’s Knowledge Exchange initiative, seeks to provide for a setting for structured themes about key themes in regulation.


Forum 1 Inspection and Compliance

What are the challenges of risk-based and responsive enforcement strategies? How do different regulators deal with these challenges, how do they combine different inspection strategies, and what is the impact of austerity on enforcement practices? These were the themes of the first meeting of the Regulators' Forum.

Discussion summary Inspection and Compliance 

Forum 2 Emerging Risks

How problematic are emerging risks for regulators? How can they be identified and communicated? How can emerging risks be incorporated in the day-to-day practices? These were the key questions considered during the meeting of the Regulators’ Forum.

Discussion summary Emerging Risks 

Forum 3 Regulatory Performance

How difficult is it for regulators to manage and measure performance? This challenge has become increasingly pertinent as regulators are said to be under growing pressure to account for and justify their performance. What is the purpose of performance management? What are the ways in which performance is being measured? And how can behaviour distortions be avoided? This meeting of the Regulators’ Forum addressed these questions.

Discussion summary Regulatory Performance 

Forum 4 Managing Regulatory Failure

What are seen as regulatory failures? What are different types and causes for regulatory failure? And how can regulators manage failure, both in the short-term and the long-term? These were the questions that featured in this meeting of the Regulators’ Forum. It highlighted the various causes for failure, as well as the problems of managing a crisis in view of dispersed responsibilities.

Discussion summary Managing Regulatory Failure

Forum 5 Transboundary Regulation

How do regulators deal with cross-jurisdictional issues? How do they adjust to the demands stemming from different national approaches, whether in the context of UK-devolution or relationship with local authorities, EU membership or wider international commitments? How can regulators remain informed about wider developments? How can they influence other regulators’ activities and how can issues of co-ordination be addressed, for example, in terms of information exchange, consistency in decision-making, or in ensuring that responsibilities are clearly assigned?

Discussion summary Transboundary Regulation

Forum 6 Engaging with Stakeholders

One key claim is that participation enhances both the quality of regulatory decision-making and the legitimacy of regulatory decisions. How to ensure such participatory processes has proven far more difficult. There are issues about the timing of stakeholder engagement, about different rationales for engagement, about who the most relevant stakeholders are, about the appropriate technologies and venues for engagement, as well as about the extent to which regulators should be responsive to stakeholders’ perspectives. 

Discussion summary Engaging with Stakeholders