The Centre for Competition Policy (CCP) was established on 1st January 2001 and up until 2004 was originally known as the Centre for Competition and Regulation. From September 2004 to September 2014 the Centre has had extensive funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a 10 year Centre of Research Excellence. Since September 1 2014 CCP now draws its funding from a wide range of research, consultancy, training and other related activities.
Based at the University of East Anglia the Centre is supported by the School of Economics, UEA Law School, Norwich Business School and the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies and our members include academic staff, researchers and PhD students drawn from across the disciplines of economics, law, business and political science. All have a wide range of knowledge, expertise and interest in the field of competition policy and regulation.
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 influenced 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.