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Event: CARR Seminar 17 October 2023, 12:30-14:00

Kira Matus, HKUST

“Chemophobic or just chemo-ambivalent?  Linking the public’s risk perception and regulatory policy change”

MAR 3.20


Event: CARR – Sociology Research Seminar 18 October, 14:00-15:30

Paula Jarzabkowski

“Disaster Insurance Reimagined: Protection in a Time of Increasing Risk”

Vera Anstey Room


Event: CARR Event – Sir David Omand Book Launch 25 October 2023 17:00-18:30

How to Survive a Crisis: Lessons in Resilience and Avoiding Disaster

Vera Anstey Room


Event: CARR Regulation Roundtable 26 October 2023 12:00-15:00

Diane Coyle, University of Cambridge

Alumni Theatre


Event: CARR Future of Valuation Studies Workshop 30-31 October 2023

30 October 12:00-18:00

31 October 09:00-16:00

Vera Anstey Room


Event: CARR Vulnerability in Regulation Workshop

Thursday 21st September 2023, 14:30-18:00

LSE, MAR 1.09

More information here


News: Bridget Hutter   1956 - 2023

Colleagues at the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) were greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Bridget Hutter on April 10th.  Bridget was latterly Professor of Risk Regulation in the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics until her retirement. Besides being an esteemed colleague and friend, Bridget will be most well-known for her major role in the founding and development of CARR, being its Co-director from 2000-2005 and sole Director thereafter until 2010.  During this period of leadership she established CARR as a major international centre for the study of risk management and regulation in organizational and institutional settings. Her own work made major contributions to this agenda.  At the same time in the early 2000s she also supported the field of sociology as general editor of the British Journal of Sociology. Beyond her leadership of CARR, she also was a dedicated and committed mentor and supervisor.

Bridget Hutter achieved first class honours in Sociology at Bedford College London before undertaking a DPhil at Nuffield College, Oxford.  A subsequent year at LSE as Morris Ginsberg Fellow in Sociology was followed by an extensive association with the Centre for Socio-Legal studies at Oxford.  Bridget was a fellow of Jesus College, Oxford from 1987-1995 during which time she was awarded a British Academy Fellowship and conducted important socio-legal work on compliance in the fields of environmental and health and safety regulation.  These studies involved painstaking, theoretically-astute empirical work in the field and provided the intellectual foundation for her later role as Director of CARR at LSE, which she re-joined in 1995. Of particular note was her 2001 monograph on occupational health and safety on the railways, which set an agenda for a genre of work by her and colleagues at CARR.  Together with others, she blazed the trail for regulation scholarship that emphasised the negotiated characteristics of compliance and advanced the academic study of risk regulation.

With a strong background in the methods and orientation of socio-legal studies, Bridget went on to publish a leading monograph on food regulation. More recently, she co-authored Regulatory Crisis (with Sally Lloyd-Bostock). Next to these books and numerous journal articles, she was also involved in the publication of important edited volumes and handbooks, including Anticipating Risks and Organising Risk Regulation and Organizational Encounters with Risk (with Mike Power). At the time of her passing, she was working on how householders experience flood risk. She was an academic who addressed major regulatory and policy issues and often gave advice to a wide variety of regulators and policy-makers.  In this respect she helped to establish CARR not only as a centre for research excellence but also as a valued source of policy advice which continues today.

We are thinking of her family and friends at this difficult time. We remember Bridget for her enormous contribution to the field of risk and regulation studies, the many joyful shared memories, and for her kindness and generosity.


Event: ORG workshop “Organizing risk and managing supply chains”

The Organizing Risk Group (ORG) invites you to hear from a multidisciplinary expert panel who will discuss a range of contemporary risks to effective supply chain management, the ways in which different risks can be organized, and the consequences for organizations, supply chains and wider inter-organizational networks.

Date: 19 April 2023 

Time: 9:00-10:00am (CEST)

Venue: Webinar, please register here


Event: Spectrum Auctions: designing markets to benefit the public, industry and the economy

March 2023

More details here

Recording available here


Event: AOI and CARR Seminar

Speaker: David Pinzur (LSE Department of Sociology)

March 2023


News: The Case for Smart Muddling Through

The way to a new intelligent administration does not lie in fundamental and comprehensive reforms of administration, but in gradually “muddling through”, write Kai Wegrich from the Hertie School Berlin and Martin Lodge from the London School of Economics. This includes the continuous adjustment of measures and trial-and-error processes.

January 2023

Read the full article here.


Event: The politics of experimental policymaking

Speaker: Kai Wegrich, Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy, Dean of Research and Faculty, Hertie School, Berlin

October 2022

We are living during a second boom of policy experiments. Similar to the first wave of the 1970s, the expectation is that testing policies and regulations in a limited setting will provide the evidence base for choosing policy designs and scaling-up policies that have demonstrated their efficacy in an experimental setting.


Publication: "Introductory study to the political-administrative foundations of regulation"

Mauricio Dussauge (CIDE) and Martin Lodge (2022) "Introductory study to the political-administrative foundations of regulation", CIDE, February 2022 - Click Here


Publication: How can the concept of public value influence UK network utility regulation?

DP 88 - Martin Cave, Janet Wright - January 2021 - ISSN 2049 2718 - Full Paper


There is much recent debate about extending the purposes of investor-owned firms to embrace the wider interests of a variety of stakeholders. Network regulatory decisions already involve extensive use of centralized social cost-benefit analysis to capture some aspects of public value. A gap remains which might be filled by a decentralized process, in which firms are supported by their regulator to expand their purposes to include the pursuit of public value, identified by regulated firms in collaboration with consumers and citizens, and delivered in innovative and entrepreneurial ways.


Event: Comity: Multilaterism in the New Cold War

Speaker: Frank Vibert (LSE)

Discussant: Nick Sitter (Central European University)

November 2021

To mark the launch of his new book, Frank Vibert explores the implications of the critical new juncture where globalisation is in retreat and global norms of behaviour are not converging.


News: Putting ‘off-balance-sheet fiscal agencies’ under the control of the European Parliament could help democratise Eurozone governance

November 2020

Many congratulations to Andrei Guter-Sandu from CARR who co-authored the above article. He, together with his co-author Steffen Murau, were recently awarded a prize for this research as part of the Hertie Foundation’s essay competition on capitalism and democracy. A German version of this article has been published in the business weekly WirtschaftsWoche (see link at end of the blog article).


Event: Transboundary Crisis Management in Europe in Wake of COVID 19

May 2020

What are the emerging lessons for political crisis leadership? What can we say about the resilience of liberal democratic political systems? And what lessons can be drawn for multi-level crisis management? Watch Here


Publication: The role of administrative capacity in complementing performance measurement systems.

DP 87 - Jacob Reilley, Nathalie Iloga Balep, Christian Huber - March 2020 - ISSN 2049 2718 - Full Paper


With the rise of New Public Management, regulators have increasingly turned to quantitative systems of performance measurement for assessing and monitoring public organizations. At the same time, there has been a swelling focus on service users as judges of organizational performance. As many have observed, regulatory initiatives which emphasize performance measurement and user-orientation are enacted quite differently across different countries, public sector contexts, and individual organizations. One reason for this variation is public organizations’ varying and sometimes inadequate capacities for compiling performance information and implementing new management practices.