CARR Research Students

Beinisch, Ms Natalie - Research Student
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).
Departments of Government and Sociology
Contact details: email: n.m.beinisch@lse.ac.uk|

Braunstein, Mr Juergen - Research Student
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.
Department of Government
Contact details: email: j.braunstein2@lse.ac.uk|

Charnock, Mr Robert - Research Student
Thesis: Mediation in the Regulatory Process: Carbon accounting as a translator between policy and practice

Robert’s research interests lie within the area of environmental governance, with an on the influence of accounting logics in the conceptualisation and the development of instruments for environmental control. Recently, he has looked into the emergence of voluntary and mandatory greenhouse gas accounting standards, as well as the dynamics of emissions trading markets. The former finds a natural fit in areas of policy development and standard setting and the latter provides a setting to deliberate whether and how conventional assumptions about markets travel into new regulatory domains. 
Department of Accounting Profile
|Contact details: email: r.j.charnock@lse.ac.uk|  

Correa, Ms Izabela - Research Student
Thesis:
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’.
Department of Government
Contact details: email: i.m.correa@lse.ac.uk|  

Donadelli, Ms Flavia - Research Student
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.
Department of Government
Contact details: email: f.m.donadelli@lse.ac.uk|

Fernando, Ms Renuka - Research Student
Thesis: NGO Performance Measurement: The Role of the  Logical Framework in Organisation Life

Renuka's research interests are: Construction of third sector entities via accounting, determination of charitable activities and assigned values, third sector performance measurement techniques for charitable works, translation of the accountability concept into the third sector and resulting internal/external reporting systems.
Department of Accounting Profile
|Contact details: email: r.fernando@lse.ac.uk|

Gislason, Mr Einar - Research Student
Thesis: Accounting for Entities and the Contextualisation of Beliefs

Einar’s interests relate to the nature and boundaries of reporting entities; network relations and their effect on the value of financial reports; and the social construction of solvency with a focus on what can be seen as, or related to, accounting and the knowledge which it produces. This includes the complex relationship between generators and users of financial information, and its dissemination.
Department of Accounting Profile
|Contact details: email: e.o.gislason@lse.ac.uk|

Heims, Ms Eva - Research Student
Thesis: The Public Management of Risk in the EU: A Comparison Across Four Cases

Eva's doctoral research investigates how risks are managed across borders –on a transnational level- in Europe today.  The research compares the public risk management regimes in the fields of drug safety (pharmacovigilance), maritime safety, financial stability (with a focus on banking regulation) and food safety. The underlying motivation for this research is that public risks are managed in similar institutional structures in the EU today, whereby semi-independent EU agencies act as hubs in networks of national authorities. To assess whether increasingly similar institutional arrangements in the context of very different risks are matched by similar informal processes, the project studies how and why public risk management regimes in the EU vary.
European Institute
Contact details: email: e.m.heims@lse.ac.uk|

Iordachescu, Ms Irina - Research Student
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.
Department of Government
Contact details: email: i.c.iordachescu@lse.ac.uk| 

Lewin, Ms Siân - Research Student 
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?
Department of Sociology
Contact details: email: s.h.lewin@lse.ac.uk| 

Pigounides, Mr Vassily - Research Student
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.
Department of Accounting Profile
|Contact details: email: v.j.pigounides@lse.ac.uk|

Sampson, Mr Christopher - Research Student
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.
Department of Government
Contact details: email: c.u.sampson@lse.ac.uk|

Schleifer, Mr Philip - Research Student
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.
International Relations Department
Contact details: email: p.schleifer@lse.ac.uk|

Toh, Ms Dorothy - Research Student
Thesis:
Dorothy’s research is situated in the area of audit quality. Her research focus is on the social and economic influences, which shape the discourse on audit quality, how it is perceived by different groups, what sustains it as an issue of concern, and the impact of regulatory influences in addressing the issue. The research will examine the concept of quality from a broader perspective in order to cast light on the underlying complexities within the audit discipline. Separately, Dorothy’s interests also center on audit quality within the Big 4 firms.
Department of Accounting Profile
|Contact details: email: d.toh@lse.ac.uk|

Tomic, Mr Slobodan - Research Student
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?
Department of Government
Contact details: email: s.tomic@lse.ac.uk| 

Van der Graaf, Ms Judy - Research Student
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.
Department of Sociology
Contact details: email: j.s.van-der-graaf@lse.ac.uk|

Zhivitskaya, Ms Maria - Research Student 
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.
Department of Accounting Profile
|Contact details: email: m.zhivitskaya@lse.ac.uk|

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