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.
FSR Transport books are:
- 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.
- In 2017, Prof Finger and Prof Kenneth Button published an edited book on Global Aviation. This book offers a critical and wide-ranging assessment of the global air transport liberalization process over the past 40 years. It initially explores liberalization within various geographical markets such as the United States, Australia, Ireland, the European Union, China, India, Latin America, and Africa.
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.
This Policy Brief reflects upon the discussions at the 15th Florence Rail Forum that took place on November 24th 2017. On the dedicated webpage, all presentations and summaries are […] read more
This Policy Brief reflects upon the discussions at the “Florence Executive Seminar on Competition in Passenger Railways” that took place on June 15th 2017. On the dedicated […] read more
This European Transport Regulation Observer reflects upon the discussions at the 14th Florence Rail Forum. “Which Role for Railway Undertakings in the Mobility of the […] read more
FSR Transport has completed two major research projects on railway regulation analysis. The related research reports are now both openly accessible on this website:
- 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.
FSR Transport was awarded two research grants from the European Parliament for research studies:
- The role of regulation in preparing transport for the future (2016): the study conducted by the Transport Area of the Florence School of Regulation 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 aging. 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.
- 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.
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.
Many countries are currently firmly committing to a transition towards a more sustainable energy system, each facing their own unique challenges. The Swiss energy transition […] read more
Water supply and sanitation are essential for socioeconomic and environmental sustainability. The adequate provision of these services is full of complexities and involves a great […] read more
This issue of the Network Industries Quarterly looks into the regulatory challenges facing the development of smart cities. With the acceleration of technological developments in […] read more
The IGLUS Quarterly is a collaboration of the Transport Area of the Florence School of Regulation (EUI) and the Innovative Governance of Large Urban Systems (IGLUS) initiative of the École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne (EPFL). Funded by Prof Matthias Finger, the IGLUS Quarterly is an online quarterly publication dedicated to the analysis of Governance, Innovation and Performance in Cities. The IGLUS Quarterly aims to facilitate knowledge and experience sharing among scholars and practitioners who are interested in the improvement of urban system’s performance in terms of the service efficiency, sustainability and resilience.
This open access journal will be officially included among the FSR Transport publications as of September 2017.
For decades now, globalization and rapid urbanization have been at the forefront of city building processes culminating in increasingly complex urban environments that defy pre-existent […] read more
The IGLUS platform promotes innovative governance practices that can contribute to improve the efficiency, resilience and sustainability in cities. The definition and quantification of each of […] read more
Around the world, as urban populations are growing, so too are rates of private car ownership, which in turn leads to complex challenges in the urban […] read more
Prof Finger is Member of the editorial board of the Utilities Policy Journal, and a regular contributor to international journals.
Prof Finger is the Editor-in-Chief of the new Journal Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, a double-blind peer-reviewed journal that meets high academic standards. Resolutely interdisciplinary in nature, CRNI favours articles that combine economic, legal, policy and engineering approaches. We are looking for articles that link theory with practical relevance: they should make contributions to the theory and methodology development, yet always building on solid empirical research, both quantitative and qualitative. Articles that establish links between the evolving network industries are of particular interest.
The first issue of the new “Competition and Regulation in Network Industries” (CRNI) by Sage is now available! Building on the 16-year tradition and strength […] read more
The Inaugural Board Meeting of the Competition and Network Industries Journal (CRNI) took place on June 16th, 2017 in Florence. The meeting followed the 6th Conference on the […] read more