Academic Events and Seminars
FSR Annual Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures
The Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures is a yearly event with the involvement of the four areas of the Florence School of Regulation, coordinated by FSR Transport. It takes an interdisciplinary look at the most recent developments and future challenges for the network industries, covering energy, transport, water and communication sectors.
Dating back to 2012, the Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructure Industries, is today an annual event, which has grown and established itself as a point of reference for scholars and stakeholders all over the world. The best papers are published in the Journal Competition and Regulation in Network Industries (SAGE), whose editor-in-chief is Prof. Matthias Finger.
The 9th edition of the Conference, held from 24th to 26th June 2020, focused on the topic of “Sector Coupling: how to regulate convergence?”, and was unique in the sense that it took place online for the first time since its inception, in order to accommodate the new circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here.
10th FSR Annual Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures
Next year’s FSR Annual Conference, which will take place on 10th and 11th June 2021, will focus on ‘Investment challenges: How to reconcile competition, digitalisation and decarbonisation?’. Investment has traditionally been a challenge in network industries, and it appears to be exacerbated by the spread of COVID-19 which is adding another layer of uncertainty. In parallel, significant investments will need to be channelled into infrastructure to align with the Commission’s decarbonisation and digitalisation objectives. Do we have the right incentives for these investments? Do we have free riding opportunities? These are some of the questions that the conference will seek to discuss.
FSR Transport Area Specific Conferences
The latest academic event Florence Conference on the Regulation of Railways took place on November 16th and 17th, 2018. At the conference papers covering the various aspects of railway regulation and focusing on competition, tendering, high-speed services, intermodality, digital mobility/railway platforms were presented. The best papers were selected for publication in the Railway Regulation Handbook, to be published by Edward Elgar in 2020.