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At the very beginning of the Transport Area of the Florence School of Regulation, Prof Finger published the International Handbook of Network Industries, an edited book covering the significant restructuring process that affected all network industries and their liberalization. Sectors explored include telecoms, the Internet, energy and transport, while the truly global perspective incorporates unique case studies from an array of developed and developing countries including the US, China, India and the EU.

In September 2013 the first book of FSR Transport – Regulating Transport in Europe, concerning the regulation of transport within a European context – covering air, inland waterways, rail, road passenger and freight, urban public transport, and short sea shipping – was published. 

In 2014, Prof Finger edited the book Postal Services in the Digital Age, dealing with the challenges faced by the postal sector in the digital age, and with the vast opportunities that technological advancements offer postal operators with regard to developing new business solutions and services tailored to the needs of their customers.

In 2015, Prof Finger edited the book Rail Economics, Policy and Regulation in Europe for Cheltenham. This book constitutes a first systematic account and assessment of the recent transformations of the European railway sector, whilst also covering the main segments such as passenger transport, high speed and freight.

In 2016, the Routledge Companion to Network Industries, featuring contributions from experts that have come to the Florence School of Regulation in recent years, was published. It will be officially presented on Thursday, June 23rd in a dedicated book presentation.

FSR Transport Books are available here

Journal Articles

Also thanks to the collaboration with Jean Monnet Fellows and Research Associates, FSR Transport’s articles are published on international journals. 

Furthermore Prof Finger is Member of the editorial board of the Utilities Policy Journal, and regular contributor to international journals.

Workshop Papers

The FSR-Transport workshop papers (European Transport Regulation-Observer, -Summary, and -Spotlight) are open source, and they can be found on the FSR Transport webpage. Open access aims not only to widen the range of the audience but also to involve professors, young academics and practitioners to become part of a unique open platform for applied research and policy analysis.



The Observer


The Observer – A European single market for road transport?

The Florence Road Forum on January 23rd, 2017 took stock of existing initiatives and looked at new approaches to solving some of the most pressing issues in […] read more


The Observer


The Observer – Rail passenger security: is it a challenge for the Single European Railway Area?

The aim of the 13th Florence Rail Forum was to look at the most controversial aspects creating a tension between increasing the level of security […] read more


The Observer


The Observer – Disruptive technologies in air traffic management

Disruptive technologies in ATM. At the 8th Florence Air Forum participants discussed the challenges and the opportunities that disruptive technologies represent for aviation in general and ATM in particular. read more

Research Reports

FSR Transport has completed two major research projects on railway regulation analysis. The related research reports are now both openly accessible on this website: 

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.

Network Industries Quarterly

The Network Industries Quarterly (NIQ) is a collaboration of the Florence School of Regulation (EUI), École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne (EPFL) and Delft University of Technology. Funded by Prof Finger, the NIQ provides original analysis, information and opinions on current issues regarding network industries, and it has a broad and diverse readership. 

This open access journal has been managed by EPFL during the past 15 years to cover the main issues related to Network Industries. Since 2014 FSR Transport Research Associates are the Managing Editors of the NIQ. 




Network Industries Quarterly, Vol. 19, No. 1 – The general framework for liberalization and regulation of public utilities in countries of ex-Yugoslavia

This edition of Network Industries Quarterly aims to provide insights into the general legal framework for liberalization and regulation of public utilities, notably communal services, […] read more




Network Industries Quarterly, Vol. 18, No 4 – Reform of the Railway Sector and its Achievements

In the last three decades, state-owned railways have been reformed in many countries. The Japanese National Railways (JNR) was the first railway system to be […] read more




Network Industries Quarterly, Vol. 18, No 3 – The challenges of digitalization and the use of data

This issue of the Network Industries Quarterly features some of the best papers presented at the 5th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures, which took place on June 24th in Florence and focused on the challenges of digitalization and the use of data in energy, transport, telecoms and water regulation. read more