Through our CGR&IS research centre, we are working closely with academics and practitioners in many countries to explore, and develop, more effective forms of governance and regulation.

For instance:

  • Professor Zalewska supported the DECC/BEIS in determining their estimates of renewable energy generation costs for the second round of contract- for-difference (CFD) auctions. Read the BEIS electricity generation cost report and the Peer review of the NERA Economic Consulting Report.

  • Dr Thomlinson and Marc Betton contributed to the debate on the social business case for a new junction from M4 onto the Bristol and Bath Science Park.

  • Dr Cooper led socio-economic work packages in EU Framework Programme VI and VII projects, collaborating with natural scientists from across Europe in research on marine ecosystems.

  • Dr Margaret Greenwood (retired member) made important contributions to the reform of public sector audit in England on the quality and pricing of audits, collaborating with the Audit Commission, the Local Government Association, the Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Accountancy, a number of private sector audit firms, and the NHS Confederation.

Conferences and seminars

Since 2017, as part of our engagement in the debate on increasing regulatory demands, we have been running a seminar series on environment, technology and regulation. So far, our speakers included (in order of appearance):

  • Paul Fisher, Member of the EC High Level Experts Group on Sustainable Finance
  • Tangy Morgan, Senior Economic Advisor, Bank of England (PRA)
  • Christine Farnish, Chair to Peer-to-Peer Finance Association
  • Dermot Nolan, Chief Executive Officer of Ofgem
  • Michael Sheren, Senior Economic Advisor, Bank of England (PRA)
  • Patrick Cleary, Prudential Regulation Authority, Bank of England
  • Anastasia Petraki, Investment Association
  • Andrew Wright, Durham Energy Institute and
  • Renée Friedman EMEA, The Economist Group.

In 2015, we collaborated with IPR-Bath to organise the international conference 'Institutional and Individual Investors: Saving for Old Age', with keynote addresses by Professors Russ Wermers (University of Maryland, USA) and Michael Haliassos (University of Frankfurt, Germany), and by Sir Steve Webb, who had just stepped down from the position of Minister for Pensions at the Department for Work and Pensions. In total, academics from 19 overseas (including Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden and the USA) and 10 UK (including Cass, Imperial and Oxford) universities attended. The Journal of Banking and Finance published a special issue devoted to the conference.

Our international conference in 2013, 'Twenty years after Cadbury, Ten years after Sarbanes-Oxley: Challenges of Corporate Governance', featured keynote addresses from Professors Kevin J. Murphy, USC Marshall School of Business, USA, and David Yermack, NYU Stern Business School, USA. There was a round table discussion chaired by Lord Ian MacLaurin (former CEO and Chairman of Tesco PLC and former Chairman of Vodafone Group PLC), with participation from:

  • Sir Julian Horn-Smith (founding member of Vodafone Group and senior advisor to UBS Investment Bank and CVC)
  • Philip Lowe (Director General for Energy in the European Commission and former Director General for Competition)
  • Charles Tilley ( Chief Executive of CIMA) and
  • Lord Christopher Tugendhat (Former Chairman of Abbey National plc and of Blue Circle Industries plc and former Vice-President of the European Commission). A special issue of the Journal of Empirical Finance published selected papers from the conference.

Attached to the conference, we held a one-day international PhD Colloquium, with Professor Kevin J. Murphy, USC Marshall School of Business, USA, and five distinguished tutors from leading universities. The Colloquium was funded by the Royal Economic Society and attended by 22 students from Brazil, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland and the UK.

In 2013, we organised a one-day conference, sponsored by the Royal Economic Society, on 'The regulation and strategic behaviour of tobacco manufacturers', with keynote addresses by Professors Frank Chaloupka (University of Illinois, USA), and Frank Sloan (Duke University, USA).

Just months after the creation of the Centre in 2009, our first international conference on 'The changing face of share-ownership' took place. It was sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust and hosted keynote addresses by Professors Antonio Estache (Université Libre de Bruxelles and World Bank), and William Megginson (Michael F. Price College of Business, University of Oklahoma).