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PhD on Alternatives to Regulation - BR0101

Alternatives to environmental regulation – investigating the opportunities for regulating environmental risks with non-regulatory options

Successive governments have attached increasing priority to the need to reduce and reform regulation in order to free business and civil society to innovate, diversify and grow. The Coalition Government places particular emphasis on achieving its objectives through non-state means wherever possible. This project examines opportunities to reduce and reform regulation, using alternatives where appropriate, redefining the roles of state, business and civil actors and promoting growth and the green economy, without undermining the environmental outcomes the Government wants to achieve. The project will work closely with Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) colleagues, to develop guidance and supporting evidence on the use of alternatives to direct regulation, to help inform Defra’s work on regulatory reform.
1) To understand when regulation and alternatives are appropriate in the context of reforming regulation
2) To investigate other issues that need to be considered to promote growth and the green economy
3) To identify opportunities for reforming regulation
Project Documents
• OTH - Other : BR0101 Publications List 281113   (166k)
• SUP - Supplementary Report : Instrument Selection Guidance 041113 - external   (583k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2010

To: 2013

Cost: £58,750
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Cranfield
Better Regulation              
Environmental Protection