The Centre for Competition Policy is the UK’s leading interdisciplinary centre focused on competition, regulation and consumer policy.
We conduct independent policy-relevant research, organise bespoke professional development and run specialist events such as conferences, workshops and seminars. We bring together experts, government officials and practitioners from the fields of business, economics, law and political science to create and communicate high-quality research.
The centre has close links with (but is independent of) a wide range of regulatory authorities, government bodies and private sector practitioners. These include the European Commission, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Ofgem, Ofcom, Ofwat, the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), the World Bank, and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
Our members have advised and informed a wide range of national and international policy makers and we publish widely on all areas of competition policy and regulation. The Centre produces a regular series of working papers and policy briefings, and our bi-annual Research Bulletin contains interesting articles that reflects our recent research. A quarterly e-bulletin also keeps academics and practitioners in touch with publications and events, and there is a lively programme of seminars, workshops and conferences throughout the year.
Our research programme explores competition and regulatory policy from the perspective of economics, law, business and political science. By applying each of these disciplines both individually and together we can achieve real-world policy relevance without compromising academic rigour.
Economic analysis provides an understanding of how consumers, firms and markets operate, of when markets fail for lack of competition and of the consequences of policy interventions. Legal analysis is necessary because the courts establish standards and provide the framework within which competition agencies have to operate. And, the design and development of policies, as well as the bodies that implement them, require an understanding from political science and sociology.