Responsible Business Regulation Responsible Business Regulation


The scholarship of the RBR group is united by an interest in regulation, public policy, and business responsibility. In terms of subject discipline, a majority of the group draw on economics, of one type or another, for their intellectual foundations. In addition, the group also includes other researchers who base their work on management studies, political science, law, and/or environmental studies. Research into energy policy and water policy is common to several of the group members. Some of the RBR staff are also active members of the Centre for Competition Policy (CCP) and the Tyndall Centre at UEA.

See below for profiles of the individual researchers located in RBR and for further information about CCP.

NBS Responsible Business Regulation Members (in alphabetical order)

Professor Frances Bowen

Frances is the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Social Sciences, who joined the UEA in September 2018. Before joining the UEA, Frances was Dean of the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary University of London, where she had also previously served as Deputy Head and Director of Research. Having earned degrees at the University of Oxford, Northeastern University (USA), and the University of Bath, she went on to progressively more senior academic appointments  at the University of Sheffield and the University of Calgary in Canada, where she was Associate Dean (Research) at the Haskayne School of Business.  She has also held visiting fellowships at the University of Oxford and at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Frances's research focuses on corporate environmental strategy and has been supported by nearly £1m of grant funding from the ESRC, EPSRC, BEIS, Defra, SSHRC and Canadian provincial and federal governments. She is Professor of Strategy in Society in the Norwich Business School (NBS), where her research focuses on responsible business and regulatory alternatives. She has served as both the Chair of the Organizations and the Natural Environment (ONE) Division of the Academy of Management, and as President of the Group for Research on Organizations and the Natural Environment (GRONEN). Since holding an ESRC-funded knowledge exchange fellowship at Defra in 2013, Frances often gives advice and evidence to regulators (e.g.the Environment Agency) and government departments (e.g. Defra; NAO; BEIS) on how to influence corporate environmental behaviours. She is currently on the BEIS Network of Experts, advising policy leads on regulatory alternatives.

Dr Andrew Burlinson

Andrew is a Lecturer in Energy Economics in Norwich Business School. His research explores the consumer decision-making processes underpinning the adoption of energy efficient technologies, inequality in energy markets and the impact of distributed renewable technologies on marginal emissions and the redistribution of legacy infrastructure costs.  His research has been funded by several ESRC grants (C-MADEnS, EnTraNT and FlexiNET) and Ofgem's Low-Carbon Network Fund (FLexDGrid). Andrew's work on the energy efficiency paradox and non-traditional business models has supported Nottingham City Council's Fuel Poverty Strategy. (2018-2025).

Dr Francesca Cuomo

Francesca is a Lecturer in Corporate Governance in Norwich Business School. Before joining NBS in 2012, she held posts at Bocconi University, at Parthenope University of Naples, and at Salerno University in Italy. Francesca gained a PhD in Business Administration and Governance from Parthenope University of Naples. Francesca’s main research interest is international corporate governance, with a focus on corporate governance codes and guidelines, boards of directors, board independence, board diversity, ownership structure, separation between ownership and control, say on pay, institutional investors’ activism, shareholders dissent and responsible investors. Francesca is an award-winning author with her paper “Why Adopt Codes of Good Governance? A Comparison of Institutional and Efficiency Perspectives (with A. Zattoni)” being awarded the 2008 Best Paper Award from Corporate Governance: An International Review and the 2012 Best Paper Award of the decade from Corporate Governance: An International Review. She has published empirical and review articles on a number of corporate governance issues in leading international academic journals such as British Journal of Management, Corporate Governance: An International Review, and Industrial and Corporate Change. She has been successful in carrying out a number of funded research projects of various sizes both with national and international team of academics.

Professor Paul Dobson

Paul's current research interests focus on business strategy and public policy.  He has been leading research projects examining the impact of food and drink pricing leading to overeating food and overconsuming alcohol with a public health impact.  He has also been leading research on the dynamics of price competition in UK food retailing, examining how supermarkets compete in setting prices on grocery goods.  As a member of the Centre for Competition Policy (CCP), his research examines national and European competition policy, particularly in respect of the retail and food sectors, where he has been examining the changing patterns of retail concentration and the impact on food producers and consumers.

Professor Sean Ennis

Sean is the current Director of the Centre for Competition Policy. He was previously at the OECD Competition Division in Paris, engaged in economic analysis for competition law and policy, working on competition and reform in regulated industries.  He has been Executive Director of the Competition Commission of Mauritius and a competition law enforcer at competition authorities in the U.S. and E.U. His scholarly writings focus on topics in pricing, competition and regulation, with published research on telecommunications and health care. He has an ongoing interest in inequality, digitalisation and market power. Sean received a BA (Hons) in Economics from Kings College, Cambridge and a PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr Jenny Fairbrass

Jenny resumed the role of RBR Head of Group in September 2019, having previously been the NBS Undergraduate Programme Director for more than four years. She has almost thirty years of experience as a researcher whose work chiefly focuses on European Union (EU) public policy making. Jenny took her PhD in 2002 from the University of Essex, consistently the most highly ranked department of politics and government in the UK, whilst simultaneously employed in the UEA’s School of Environmental Sciences, in the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE), as a Senior Research Associate (SRA). Jenny is a multi- and interdisciplinary researcher who is primarily a political scientist but one who also draws on management studies and environmental studies to conduct research into EU environmental, energy, climate change, sustainability, corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies, and business ethics. Within the UEA, Jenny is a member of the UEA’s CCP and Tyndall Centres.  Since 2006, Jenny has jointly led a number of externally, UACES funded Study Group and Research Networks on EU Sustainability, Environmental Policy, and Energy Policy (2006-08; 2009-2012; 2015-2018 respectively). Jenny has published widely in highly ranked internationally journals including the Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of Common Market Studies, Environment and Planning A, and the Journal of Business Ethics. Jenny is currently the Joint Series Editor for ‘Governance of Sustainability in Europe’, a book series published by Routledge.

Professor Amelia Fletcher OBE

Amelia’s research concerns implications for competition and consumer policy of behavioural economics and digitalisation of the economy. Alongside her academic work, she is also Non-Executive Director at the Competition and Markets Authority, the Financial Conduct Authority and the Payment Systems Regulator, and a member of the Enforcement Decision Panel at Ofgem. She recently acted as a member of HM Treasury’s Expert Panel on Digital Competition. She was Chief Economist at the Office of Fair Trading (2001-2013). She has a DPhil and MPhil in economics from Nuffield College, Oxford and was awarded an OBE in for services to competition and consumer policy in the 2014 New Years’ Honours.

Dr Wynne Lam

Wynne is a Lecturer in industrial organisation and competition policy in Norwich Business School and a faculty member of the Centre for Competition Policy at the University of East Anglia. She obtained her PhD in Economics from Toulouse School of Economics and the University of Bologna. She was a guest lecturer at the University of Liege and the Universite Catholique de Louvain. Her main research interests lie in industrial organisation in the digital economy.

Michael Nash

Michael's research interests lie in the field of legal history. Michael’s latest publication is a volume entitled ‘The History and Politics of Exhumation: Royal Bodies and Lesser Mortals’ (2019), published by Springer Nature (Palgrave Macmillan). Michael’s most recent articles include the following: ‘A re-alignment of Law and Power (on the recent Supreme Court decision) published in New Law Journal in 2019; ‘The death of a footballer (The Emiliano Sala saga) Contract & Consequence’, also in the New Law Journal; and ‘A Prince in all but name, (The legal titles of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor)’ again in the New Law Journal. Other articles have been published in California and Sweden on legal history topics. Michael’s previous book, ‘Royal Wills in Britain from 1509 to 2008’, (2017) was also published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Dr Peter Ormosi

Peter’s research is mapped around various topics in law and economics, including the analysis of the effect of private sanctions, measuring cartel detection and deterrence, the anti-competitive effects of mergers, and the ex-post evaluation of the impact of competition enforcement including the analysis of the deterrent effect of law enforcement. He also works on more general questions of law and economics, such as the reputational effects of crime. Methodologically he is currently exploring how machine learning can contribute to studying social sciences, and especially competition law and economics. Peter generally welcomes PhD applications on any of these wider areas.

Dr Scott Summers

Scott is a Lecturer in Business Law in Norwich Business School and a faculty member of the CCP at the UEA. Scott was awarded his PhD from the UEA Law School in 2015. His PhD considered whether the European Commission's cartel enforcement policies comply with procedural rights and the rights enshrined within the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Scott currently researches on data protection and privacy issues in sharing research data, oil and gas law, competition law, and the UK criminal cartel offence.

Dr Nicholas Vasilakos

Nicholas is an applied economist. His research interests lie between the intersection of responsible regulation, sustainable development and policy evaluation. Much of his recent work focuses on empirically evaluating: (1) the effects of regulation and regional/national policy frameworks on innovation and marketing behaviour; (2) the effectiveness of policy intervention in developing countries on issues relating to labour markets performance, economic activity and distribution of wealth. Nicholas's work has been cited by various governmental and intergovernmental organisations, including the US Treasury and the OECD. 

Nicholas has authored  a number of articles in leading economics and policy related journals on these subjects. He is the recipient of the 2012 Campbell Watkins Energy Journal best paper award (shared with Richard Green of Imperial College) awarded by the International Association  of Energy Economics.

Nicholas is actively applying for research grants, and over the years he has had various successful bids (both as Principle Investigator and Co-Investigator). He is currently funded by a large Horizon 2020 grant. Before that,he has been part of several successful European and RCUK consortium and smaller bids, including FP7 projects, EPSRC and Royal Economic Society grants (amongst several others). Nicholas welcomes opportunities to explore potential for new collaborations (within and outside the UK).

Further information about Nicholas's work can be found here.

Centre for Competition Policy

Research around business regulation, including competition policy and economic regulation of network industries, is supported by the Centre for Competition Policy (CCP), which was established in 2001 and was recognised as a Centre of Excellence through ten year core funding awarded in 2004. CCP facilitates close collaboration between academics working on regulation and competition issues located in Norwich Business School, the Law School, the School of Economics, and the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies, as well as other researchers across UEA and those working outside the UEA on other perspectives of regulation and competition policy. Members of the group have advised a wide range of national and international policy makers and private companies.

CCP senior research associates

Dr David Deller

David has worked for six years with senior academics in producing applied research relating to regulated industries and competition policy. David’s research focuses on consumer behaviour and questions of affordability in regulated markets, in particular, the energy and water sectors. He has worked on projects with a wide of external partners, including Ofgem, the European Commission, the Philippine Competition Commission, Which?, Anglian Water, the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE) and the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC). He also frequently contributes to live policy debates including through regular public consultation responses.

Prior to joining CCP, David was awarded a PhD in Economics and worked as a Temporary Lecturer at the University of Essex in Colchester.

CCP website