Public Policy State regulators

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 specifically, I contribute to the FSA’s ability to tackle wicked problems: issues so complex and dependent on so many factors that it is hard to grasp what exactly the problem is, or how to tackle it.1

My approach to wicked problems is simple. I set a robust logical foundation with the aid of the scholarly literature and then reduce the level of abstraction step by step. It sometimes takes several steps, but there’s a method to the chaos: the beauty of this approach is that each step is solid progress into realisable-yet-robust policy solutions.

Summaries of some of my projects coming soon in separate posts…

  1. de Almeida Kumlien & Coughlan, 2018.