My job at the LSE, in a nutshell

My position at the LSE is part of a collaboration between the LSE’s Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) and the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA). I undertake research projects to support the FSA’s goals and, in the process, increase my academic understanding of how regulatory organisations do what they do. More…

Leaders matter!

Regulatory agencies nowadays are supposed to have a certain degree of independence… Slo’s article touches on the matter of independence, from an exciting angle…

Certifications – a good forty years before we started writing about them

Some of us, scholars studying certifications, like to think that our field is very new. Yet, Taylor was writing about certifications a good forty years before we started thinking about them…

Can certifications become the new normal?

Certifications ask customers to meet XYZ requirements. However, for certifications to change entire sectors/industries, one or more of the following things need to happen…

Christmas, Brexit, regulation, and how ‘good’ and ‘bad’ uncertainty is fundamentally the same

As a child, during the Christmas season, gifts greatly determined the activities for the holidays. If the gift was a soccer ball, one spent the holidays playing football. If the gift was a remote control car, one spent the holidays driving that car up and down the street. In my case, my parents never told…

Rapid snapshot of certification in voluntary carbon markets

The shortest summary of my PhD is the following: it’s hard to be a voluntary carbon offset certification! Don’t believe me? Check out the figure below, which shows the total value generated by the most prominent certifications in voluntary carbon markets between the launch of the first fully-fledged certification in the market and the beginning…

The most puzzling [and somewhat ironic] question in carbon markets

Carbon markets date back to the 1960s when Ronald Coase’s idea of a pricing mechanism for the allocation of radio frequencies in the United States (US), which he then applied to questions of public harms such as environmental damages, which saw significant improvement in the context of carbon markets by academics in the late 1960s…

Carbon markets – the simple and the not so simple

Have you ever been told that carbon markets/trading are an inherently complex/complicated topic that only experts understand? Well, you’ve been lied to. Twice! In a single sentence! The first lie is that the matter is inherently complex/complicated. Explaining what carbon trading is, or even what a carbon market entails, is, in fact, surprisingly simple: That’s…

Entry costs + renewables

I think this article deserves a read: Costa Rica soon to unveil its first hydrogen-powered bus, by Macro Sibaja on the Costa Rican newspaper ‘The Tico Times’. Originally by the AFP, the article summarises the announcement by Ad Astra Rocket (a company associated with a Costa Rican scientist who used to be an astronaut for…

Two certifications you couldn’t avoid even if you wanted to

You may have heard the name ‘ISO’, or perhaps even about the ‘NFPA’, but do you know how much of your life these organisations touch? The (Switzerland-based) International Organization for Standardization (ISO) The quality-oriented ISO 9000 is probably the most well-spread certification in the planet so you may have heard of that one. But the…