The Centre for Competition and Regulatory Policy Winter Workshop, organised jointly with the Regulatory Policy Institute, and the Aston Centre for Critical Infrastructure and Services (ACCIS) will take place at Aston Business School in Birmingham.
We would like to invite you to submit abstracts (1 page maximum). Please try to avoid submitting full papers at the selection stage. The areas to be covered in the workshop will include the following:
Economic regulation of infrastructure industries (including for example: Telecoms, Electricity, Water and other infrastructure industries such as airports, postal services, etc)
Environmental regulation and climate change policy
General and industry/market specific competition policy issues
Boundaries and overlaps between economic regulation, environmental regulation, and competition policy for utilities and networks.
We welcome both theoretical and empirical papers, including case study oriented work. As this is a workshop, we are very happy to consider research that will not be at the “full paper stage” by the time of the workshop – for planning purposes only please do make this clear at submission.
Each presenter will have 20 minutes to present his/her work followed by comments from an assigned discussant, plus general discussion. To ease the process of allocating discussants, we will ask each presenter to act as a discussant.
The workshop (including lunch) will be free of charge, but accommodation, travel costs and a workshop dinner on Thursday 10th are not included.
The call for papers closes on January 3rd 2011. We will let you know whether your submission has been accepted by 10th January 2011 and circulate a provisional programe shortly afterwards. A copy of the paper and/or presentation will be required by 30th January 2011 as to allow discussants time to review the work and prepare their comments.
The CCRP workshop will be preceded by an ACCIS workshop on Thursday 10th entirely dedicated to the water and sewerage industry and in particular the current debate on the restructuring and regulatory reform of the sector in England & Wales. Though presentations on Thursday, are by invitation only, all attendees of the CCRP workshop are more than welcome to attend on Thursday. A combined dinner will be held on Thursday for both workshops.
Abstract/paper submissions should be emailed to Thomas Triebs (T.Triebs@aston.ac.uk).
If you have any queries, please contact the local organizers who are David Saal (D.S.Saal@aston.ac.uk), and Thomas Triebs (T.Triebs@aston.ac.uk).