serves as an open platform for like-minded researchers and related activities worldwide.

We cover the traditional network industries in the areas of energy (electricity, gas), transport (air, rail, road, maritime, urban), communications (telecoms, postal services), water and wastewater. These industries were shaped over the past 30+ years by processes of privatization, de-regulation and re-regulation. As of the past 10 years, profound technological transformations, especially digitalization has furthermore transformed these traditional network industries and has given rise to a new type of network industries, namely digital platforms. These, in turn, call for new and innovative ways of regulation.

At we want to keep you updated about both the technological and institutional (regulatory) changes that the old and the new network industries are undergoing before our eyes.
On this website you will find our quarterly newsletter, relevant publications as well as opportunities for publishing, announcements for conferences along with calls for papers, contacts and many other useful information.

We welcome your feed-back and active involvement in our activities!

FSR Transport Forums

We do organize transport forums at the Florence School of Regulation, especially related to transport. For a list of upcoming events please

The following publications are directly tied to the activities of

  • Finger, M. and R. W. Künneke (eds.) (2011). International Handbook of Network Industries: The Liberalization of Infrastructure. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Finger, M. and T. Holvad (eds.) (2013). Transport Regulation in Europe. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Finger, M. (ed.) (2014). Special issue on 20 years of liberalization of European Network Industries. Utilities Policy, Vol.31, December.
  • Finger, M. and P. Messulam (eds.) (2015). Rail economics, regulation and policy in Europe. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Finger, M. and C. Jaag (eds.) (2015). The Routledge Companion to Network Industries. London: Routledge.
  • The alignment framework (with Nicolas Crettenand and Walter Lemstra) (2015). Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, Vol.16, No.2, pp. 89-105.
  • Platformed! Network Industries and the New Digital Paradigm (with Juan Montero). Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, 2017, Vol.17, Nos.3&4.
  • Finger, M. and K. Button (2017) (eds.). Air transport liberalization: a critical assessment. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Prof. Finger teaches two MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) on both the Coursera amnd the EdX platforms:

We are also active in Executive Education on the following areas:

Governing Energy Transitions (Certificate of Advanced Studies)
Innovative Governance of Large Urban Systems (Executive Master)

Team Members

Matthias Finger

Professor, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland
Part-time professor, European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy
Visiting professor, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey is affiliated and closely working together with the following organizations:

Institute of Public Utilities

Florence School of Regulation

Postal Innovation Platform


Istanbul Center‎ for Regulation