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 (FSR Transport).
Policy events at FSR Transport
- Executive Symposium – European Regulation of Airport Charges (17 June 2017)
- 6th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures (16 June 2017)
- Executive Seminar – Competition in Passenger Railways in Europe (15 June 2017)
- Which role for railway undertakings in the mobility of the future? (22 May 2017)
- The Single European Sky Performance Scheme (15 May 2017)
- Executive Symposium – Shaping the future of the EU Maritime Transport Cluster (5 May 2017)
- A European single market for road transport? From patchwork to a well-functioning and socially fair EU road transport market (23 January 2017)
- Rail passenger security: is it a challenge for the Single European Railway Area? (25 November 2016)
- Disruptive technologies in air traffic management (21 October 2016)
- EU Road Transport: Driving change for business and people (11 July 2016)
- 5th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures (24 June 2016)
- ERA and the Digitalisation of Railways. Creating a lean and efficient regulatory framework for customer-friendly digital railways (3 May 2016)
- How to define, measure, and improve the performance of the railway system? (2 May 2016)
- The future of Air Traffic Management: what can we learn from each other? (9 March 2016)
- What role for digitalization in order to achieve an intermodal level playing field? (29 February 2016)
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 now both openly accessible:
- Finger, M., Rosa, A. (2012) Governance of Competition in the Swiss and European Railway Sector, Florence: European University Institute
- Finger, M., Holterman, M. (2013) Incentive-based Governance of the Swiss Railway Sector, Florence: European University Institute
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.
In 2016 FSR Transport was awarded a research grant from the European Parliament for a research study Infrastructure funding challenges in the sharing economy (2017): the study analyses the disruption created by shared mobility in the funding of transport infrastructure. While recognising the benefits of shared mobility in terms of reduction of private car use, the study identifies that there might be short-term negative effects on the revenues of long distance railway and coach operators. It also points out other potential risks, which include capturing the revenues through commissions charged by platforms mediating mass-transit services (Mobility as a Service), freeriding and lower tax contributions. The study makes recommendations to reduce these risks.