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Matthias Finger

Director of the Transport Area

Short Biography

Matthias Finger is Part-time Professor at the Florence School of Regulation and full Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he directs the Chair Management of Network Industries. After having been Assistant Professor at Syracuse University, New York (1989-1991) and Associate Professor at Columbia University, New York (1992-1994), Matthias Finger was appointed Full Professor at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration in Lausanne in 1995. There he developed his research on the transformation of network industries in the postal, telecommunications, railways, electricity, air transport, and water sectors. In his research, he reconciled the liberalization of these sectors with public service objectives by means of new regulatory arrangements, while at the same time promoting a more entrepreneurial behavior of the operators. Matthias was appointed to his present position of Full Professor at the EPFL in October 2002. Matthias edits the Journal Competition and Regulation in Network Industries and is in charge of special editions of Utilities Policy for Elsevier.

Matthias received his Ph.D. in Political Science in 1988 and his Ph.D. in Education in 1986, both from the University of Geneva.

Since 2010 he is Part-time professor at the EUI and director of Transport Area of The Florence School of Regulation.  

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Policy events at FSR-Transport

Click here for the full list of Transport Forums organised since 2010 and here for more information on the Academic events.

Research Projects at FSR-Transport

Under the direction of Matthias Finger, FSR-Transport has completed two major research projects on railway regulation analysis. The related research reports are are now both openly accessible:

Coordinated by FSR-Transport, in January 2015 the four Area Directors of the Florence School of Regulation published the FSR Manifesto: An EU agenda for the upcoming 5 years of regulation of infrastructures. The FSR Manifesto is the first systematic attempt that the FSR has done to critically reflect upon the achievements of the second Barroso Commission in the various network industries. It also endeavours to establish a realistic outlook onto the challenges that await the Juncker Commission in the areas of energy, communications and media, transport and water regulation in terms of regulatory policy.

In 2015 the Transport Area of the Florence School of Regulation conducted a study that is part of a three-papers project commissioned by the TRAN Committee of the European Parliament to answer the initial question “World is changing, does transport follow?“. The (more and more urban) European population is growing and ageing. Mobile information and communication technologies are developing rapidly. Global competition and the fight against climate change are pressing. These developments all have an impact on transport as a whole. As this paper shows, mobility needs and patterns evolve; new transport services/systems emerge; transportation technologies aim to become more ‘environmentally-efficient’. This transformation challenges the existing transport sector’s structure and governance and calls for major changes in the regulatory framework.

Publications

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