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The conference on the Regulation of Railways will take place on November 16th and 17th, 2018 in Florence (Italy).


Across the world, railways are poised to face new challenges, as all transport modes are transformed by technological innovations, liberalization, competition with other modes of transport and most recently by digitalization. Consequently, the railway industry is required to increase efficiency while ensuring security and safety, as it has to address multimodality, such as buses, as well as compete with new transport modes such as car-sharing. Regulation of the railway industry and its various dimensions, not the least competition, is central factor in the process of its transformation and will ultimately decide whether railways will or will not increase their modal share.

We are looking for original papers covering the various aspects of railway regulation and focusing either on a country or a region, or on more transversal issues such as competition, tendering, high-speed services, intermodality, digital mobility/railway platforms and others more.

Contributions utilizing multidisciplinary, as well as interdisciplinary approaches to regulation, are very welcome. Papers, linking academia and practice, as well as policy research papers, are particularly encouraged.

The conference is intended for academics such as PhD students, PostDocs and assistant/associate/full Professors, as well as academically minded practitioners. The best papers will be eligible for publication in the Railway Regulation Handbook, to be published by Edward Elgar in 2019.

The Conference is organized by the Transport Area of the Florence School of Regulation of the European University Institute (Florence) and UNED University (Madrid), and it will take place in Florence (Italy).





Conference structure

The format of the Florence Conference on the Regulation of Railways will be the following:

  • Each presenter has 45’, which includes 25’ of presentation, 10’ of qualified feedback by experts and 10’ of discussion with the audience.


  • Submission of the abstract by 31 August 2018 (word format download the guidelines using the online form. For any issue regarding the submission, please contact Ms Irina Lapenkova at FSR.Transport@eui.eu;
  • Notification of acceptance by 1 October 2018;
  • Submission of the full paper by 4 November 2018; participants who fail to submit a full paper by this deadline will be automatically removed from the programme;
  • Conference on 16-17 November 2018 in Florence (Italy).

Guidelines for the abstract

  • 600-1000 words
  • Title of the paper & keywords
  • Name of the author(s) and full address of the corresponding author
  • The aim and methodology of the paper
  • Results obtained or expected

Publication opportunities

  • Papers will be considered for a book on railway regulation to be published in 2019 by Edward Elgar Publishing under the coordination of Prof Finger and Prof Montero.
  • Papers could also qualify for the Journal Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, which is published by Sage

Organizing Committee

  • Prof Juan Montero (EUI, Part-time professor of the Transport Area of the FSR, Professor of Administrative Law and Regulation in UNED University (Madrid).
  • Prof Matthias Finger (EUI, Part-time professor and Director of the Transport Area of the FSR. EPFL, Professor and Director of the Chair of Management of Network Industries).
  • Prof Chris Nash (Research Professor ITS, University of Leeds, Scientific Advisor FSR).
  • Patricia Pérennes (Transport advisor for the French Regions).


For information on registration, please contact fsr.transport@eui.eu.


Irina Lapenkova
Villa Schifanoia – Sala Europa
Via Boccaccio, 121
Florence, 50133 Italy

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