Mr Laurence Ball | Research Student
Thesis: Risk Assessment and Risk Management: Proliferation, Controversy, Evolution
Interests: Energy, risk communication, health and safety, financial risk management, risk versus hazard-based regulation, risk regulation of adventure sports, risk within the UK legal system.
Ms Natalie Bienisch | Research Student | Departments of Government and Sociology | LSE
Thesis: Explaining Variation in Transnational Risk Regulation Regimes
Natalie's research interests are: Transnational regulation, private governance, risk regulation, domain interests: manufacturing (toys) and agriculture (chocolate and agricultural standards).
Mr Jose Bolanos | Research Student | Department of Political Economy | King's College London
Thesis: Explaining the impact that variations in the management of uncertainty across carbon certifications have toward the sustainability of a low-carbon economy.
Jose's area of expertise refers to the Risk/Uncertainty Analysis, Management and Regulation nexus. His current research studies how the management of uncertainty within punctual private entities affects the long term sustainability of dual (public/private) regulatory frameworks in global environmental governance. He also enjoys studying about the role that risk/uncertainty has toward International Relations, Energy & Renewables, Business Planning, and Project Management.
Mr Juergen Braunstein | Research Student | Department of Government | LSE
Thesis: The Political Economy of Sovereign Wealth Funds
The rise of Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) as key economic actors has raised questions about their origins. Current scholarship on SWFs uses concepts and methods from the disciplines of Economics and International Relations and focuses on the examination of macroeconomic as well as geostrategic factors. This research investigates their explanatory value in accounting for different forms of SWFs.
Mr Robert Charnock | Research Student | Department of Accounting | LSE
Thesis: Civil Society as a Quasi-Regulator: Accounting for 'financed emissions'
Carbon accounting is playing an increasingly important role in integrating climate risks into strategic planning and in understanding sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Working with the United Nations Environment Programme and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, Robert is studying an emerging carbon accounting standard for measuring the emissions that a financial institution enables through its investment and lending activities. Robert’s thesis explores how networks of civil society organisations enable the development and uptake of these new carbon accounting standards. This sheds light on the interplay between civil society and states in efforts to limit the increase in average global temperatures to two degrees Celsius.
Ms Izabela Correa | Research Student | Department of Government | LSE
The thesis aims at investigating why transparency systems, understood as mandatory disclosure of information by private or public institutions in specific public services, develop through time. The dynamics of transparency systems will be examined based on an analytic model of the system’s purpose, built on Hirschman’s theory of ‘exit, voice and loyalty’.
Ms Flavia Donadelli | Research Student | Department of Government | LSE
Thesis: Culture and Coalitions in Brazilian Environmental Policies: The Role of Ideas in Tackling Deforestation
Flavia’s research interests are related to environmental regulation, risk and governance in South America. More specifically, she studies the interactions of different modalities of regulatory control (public, private, communitarian or random) in Latin American regulatory regimes related to the conservation of the Amazon Forest. Analysing regulatory regimes as varied as biodiversity, climate change, wildlife protection, timber production and desertification, her research seeks not only to describe which modalities of regulatory control are being used in each case but also to understand the reasons why they were chosen and the main consequences they have been generating.
Mr Fergus Green | Research Student
Thesis: Transitional Justice in Economic Reform
Fergus' research focuses on transitional justice in economic policy reform - i.e. how governments ought to treat the winners and losers of such reforms - with particular application to climate change policies (such as pricing carbon) and inequality-reducing reforms (such as increased wealth taxation). Before commencing his PhD research, Fergus spent six years working in climate change law and policy, most recently as a Policy Analyst and Research Advisor to Professor Nicholas Stern in the LSE's Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.
Ms Irina Iordachescu | Research Student | Department of Government | LSE
Thesis: Riding the Wave of Change: A Technology-Driven Approach to the Regulation of Electromagnetic Radio Waves
Irina’s research examines the transnational management of radio spectrum for mobile electronic communications in Europe in order to establish the extent to which existing theories of collective action explain the management of common-pool resources (CPRs). The thesis offers a technology-driven approach to explaining the evolution of regulatory systems and instruments for managing CPRs.
Mr Philip Kessler | Research Student | Department of Political Economy | King's College London
Thesis: The Diffusion of Competition Policy in Western Europe
The spread of competition policy amongst EU member states is an important component of the ‘market turn’ in Europe. Yet, empirical evidence is scattered with regards to assessing what drove reform towards more comprehensive national competition regimes. This research project tries to shed light on this puzzle by examining the interdependent relationship between EU and member state competition policies.
Ms Siân Lewis | Research Student | Department of Sociology | LSE
Thesis: Inside the Regulated Organisation: How Banks Manage Financial Regulation in a Changing Regulatory Environment
The financial crisis of 2008 has prompted a period of almost unprecedented change in financial regulation in terms of both scale and speed of implementation. The core purpose of this research project is to examine how this dynamic environment is dealt with by the regulated organisations, the UK banks. The ongoing changes in regulatory rules, regulatory structures and cultures create a level of uncertainty for these organisations, which must be managed in order to maintain their ‘licence to operate’. In other words, how do regulated UK banks manage and respond to the UK prudential regulator and prudential regulation in a changing regulatory environment?
Mr Vassily Pigounides | Research Student | Department of Accounting | LSE
Thesis: The Factory of Prices: Sociology of Revenue Management
How is it possible that on the same flight passengers seated in the same row purchased their tickets at different prices? Has airline pricing gone out of control, or is it quite unfair? Grounded in qualitative methods of enquiry, Vassily’s doctoral thesis intends to answer these questions by dealing with a technology of pricing—namely revenue management—examining its origins, history, and uses. This research is an opportunity for discussions on market mediation, that is to say on the actors, tools, and know-how involved in organising, structuring, and coordinating the market, to allow buyers and sellers to exchange.
Mr Bernardo Rangoni | Research Student | Department of Government | LSE
Thesis: Experimentalist architectures and policymaking: regulating the European internal energy market
Bernardo’s research is in the field of comparative regulation and public policy in Europe. It focuses on regulatory governance in the European Union, notably in the energy sector. He is currently studying an unconventional, experimentalist form of governance. A key question is under what conditions experimentalist architectures result into experimentalist policymaking.
Mr Christopher Sampson | Research Student | Department of Government | LSE
Thesis: Marketisation Reforms and the Dynamics of Government-Industry Relations in China’s Water and Electricity Industries
In 2002, the Chinese central government initiated comprehensive liberalisation and marketisation reforms in the domestic electricity and water supply industries. While the water sector has evolved into a very competitive environment with low entry barriers, electricity reforms have not progressed in the way that was set out by government policy and have instead produced a reshaped industrial setting that is still highly state-driven. Both sectors display strong similarities concerning network characteristics, institutional history and overall strategic relevance for the national economy, but differ vastly with regards to levels of administrative and industrial concentration. This dissertation comparatively analyses how this variance has mattered for the way in which key objectives of regulatory reform were pursued in both industries.
Mr Philip Schleifer | Research Student | International Relations Department | LSE
Thesis: Same Same but Different: The Diffusion and Variation of Multi-Stakeholder Sustainability Governance
In the early 1990s, a new organisational model emerged on the stage of global sustainability governance, combining multi-stakeholder participation with market-based regulation. It spread rapidly and widely in the global economy. Because of their transparency and inclusiveness, multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) have been praised for their deliberative capacity and potential to reduce the democratic deficit of global governance institutions. However, empirical evidence suggests that the diffusion of the model has given rise to variation in these key dimensions of organisational design. With a focus on three MSIs in the agriculture industry – the most dynamic site of diffusion in recent years – this project examines the causes of this variation. Combining an in-depth case study design with a comparative analysis, its preliminary findings point to the background and lessons-learned of institutional entrepreneurs and the key role they play in the formation of dominant organisational coalitions.
Ms Dorothy Toh | Research Student | Department of Accounting | LSE
Thesis: Constructing Audit Quality: A historical and comparative approach
Dorothy’s doctoral research is a qualitative study on the disconnect between regulatory, academic and practice thought using audit quality as a case study. Her research focuses on the factors, influences and crises which have shaped the discourse on audit quality, across the different domains and over time, including how these conceptualisations have changed over time. The research aims to distil complexities on an area which has steadily been gaining momentum over time, yet to date, is still without universal definition or meaning.
Mr Slobodan Tomic | Research Student | Department of Government | LSE
Thesis: Explaining Enforcement Patterns of Anticorruption Agencies: a Comparative Analysis of Western Balkan Countries
The thesis seeks to explain what factors have driven the enforcement of six anticorruption agencies in Serbia, Croatia, and Macedonia. Enforcement is operationalised through the concepts of enforcement style, developed in regulation literature, and that of agency reputation, concerning how institutions act verbally and present themselves in the public. Possible explanatory factors are drawn from three broad political science approaches: “formal design matters”, “timing matters”, and “government-agency interaction matters”. While taking into account the role of institutional powers, agency de-jure independence, life- and political-cycle factors - all deriving from the first two approaches, the emphasis is on exploring the “interaction effect”: are anticorruption agencies’ enforcement practices swayed by whether the government supports or undermines them through channels such as budget and resource allocations, verbal public support or hostility, jurisdictional fiddling, or leadership change?
Ms Judy Van der Graaf | Research Student | Department of Sociology | LSE
Thesis: The Regulatory Role of Non-State Actors: A Case Study of the Credit Rating Industry
This thesis focuses on the regulatory role of non-state or private actors. Through a case study of the credit rating industry the thesis aims to contribute to knowledge about the role that non-state actors have in the regulation of global risks. More specifically the thesis analyses the involvement of credit rating agencies with regard to three components of regulatory control: information-gathering, standard-setting, and behaviour-modification. The thesis relies on an extensive documentary survey and interviews with experts in the field of credit rating.
Ms Maria Zhivitskaya | Research Student | Department of Accounting | LSE
Thesis: The Practice of Risk Oversight
In light of the recent financial crisis, there are many academic, consulting and regulatory statements about risk governance and oversight. Maria’s research presents a taxonomy of risk oversight within the UK financial system and aims to develop an understanding of what oversight means to different actors. The focus is on (1) micro-prudential oversight of financial institutions by the Bank of England’s PRA (and historic regulatory practices by the FSA), (2) board-level oversight of risk management, and (3) oversight of risks performed within organisations. The way these types of risk oversight articulate with each other is rapidly evolving, especially since the crisis revealed many flaws in the way risk was understood and managed.