GY465      Half Unit
Concepts in Environmental Regulation

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Richard Perkins STC. S413 and Dr Nora Sylvander


This course is available on the MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy, MPA in Social Impact, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Environment and Development, MSc in Environmental Economics and Climate Change, MSc in Local Economic Development, MSc in Regional And Urban Planning Studies, MSc in Regulation, MSc in Risk and Finance and MSc in Urban Policy (LSE and Sciences Po). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

The number of students that can be accommodated is limited. If the course is over-subscribed, places will be allocated at the Department’s discretion and a waiting list may be created. For further details, please contact your relevant Programme Coordinator.

This course cannot be taken with GY420 Environmental Regulation: Implementing Policy or GY475 Issues in Environmental Governance.

Course content

This course provides critical insights into the nature, dynamics and practice of environmental regulation. It considers the rationale for policy intervention and the influence of different interest groups on environmental policy making. The course proceeds to examine the characteristics, design and performance of different policy instruments, together with the various influences governing policy implementation processes.


15 hours of lectures and 13 hours and 30 minutes of seminars in the MT.

Formative coursework

Students are expected to prepare one formative essay, as well as give one presentation on a specified topic, in the MT: feedback will be provided on both.

Indicative reading

While there is no one single text that covers all aspects of the course, you are strongly advised to consult the following:

Core reading:

  • D Fiorino (2006) The New Environmental Regulation, London: MIT Press;
  • J Holder and M Lee (2007) Environmental Protection Law and Policy (2nd edition), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press;
  • S Bell, D McGillivray, O Pedersen, E Lees and E Stokes (2017) Environmental Law (9th edition), Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.

Student performance results

(2015/16 - 2017/18 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 34.1
Merit 41.5
Pass 22
Fail 2.4

Key facts

Department: Geography & Environment

Total students 2018/19: 12

Average class size 2018/19: 4

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication