Andrea Renda

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Andrea Renda

Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation and the Digital Economy

Andrea Renda is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation and the Digital Economy at the Centre for European Policy Studies, a leading research-based think tank based in Brussels (Belgium). He is currently a non-resident Senior Fellow at Duke University’s Kenan Institute for Ethics, and was Adjunct Professor of Law and Economics at Duke Law School (United States) for Academic Year 2016/2017. From September 2017, he holds the “Google Chair” for Digital Innovation at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium). At the College of Europe, he is also responsible for the course “Regulatory Impact Assessment for Business” since 2007. His current research interests include regulation and policy evaluation, regulatory governance, private regulation, innovation and competition policies, Internet policy, and the alignment of policies for long-term impacts such as sustainability and decarbonization. He also specializes in EU law and policymaking, and in international regulatory cooperation.

Over the past two decades, Andrea Renda has provided academic advice to several institutions, including the European Commission, the European Parliament, the OECD, the World Bank and several national governments around the world. Between 2006 and 2009, he was the Coordinator of the European Network for Better Regulation (, a Coordination Action on regulatory impact assessment funded by the European Commission under the FP6 programme. He was, i.a., the lead author of the Pilot Project on Administrative Burdens for DG ENTR; the main author of the Impact Study on private antitrust damages actions for DG Comp in 2007; the lead author of the study on “Assessing the costs and benefits of regulation” for the European Commission Secretariat General; the project leader in three recent cumulative costs assessments carried out by the European Commission, DG GROW; and the project leader in major studies in the field of administrative burdens, electronic communications, spectrum policy, innovation policy, and social impact assessment.

In 2012-2013, Andrea was Part-time Professor at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy), where he held the “Morris Tabaksblat Visiting Chair on Private Actors and Globalization”. He was Adjunct Professor of “Economic Analysis of Law”, “Antitrust and regulation”, “Policies and policymaking in the EU” and “Regulatory Policies in a global perspective” at Luiss Guido Carli University, in Rome. Between 2006 and 2010, he also lectured on “Advanced Topics in Competition and Regulation” at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam within the European Master in Law and Economics. Between 2008 and 2015, he also lectured at the University of Stockholm (“Competition Policy and Intellectual Property”) and at the University of Jordan (“Telecommunications regulation”). Between 2012 and 2016 he has also taught a course on “Business Law” at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. For the period 2011-2013, he was awarded a Jean Monnet Fellowship at the European University Institute in Fiesole (Italy), researching in particular on better regulation, private regulation and Internet policy. He was also the recipient of a “Prometeo” scholarship awarded by the government of Ecuador for the years 2014-2015, with a specific mandate to assist the National Secretariat for Planning and Development (SENPLADES) in designing the country’s regulatory policy. 

An internationally recognized expert in regulation, evidence-based policymaking, and the impact of new technologies on policymaking both in developed and developing countries, in 2017 Andrea became member of the ESIR (Economic and Societal Impacts for Research) expert group of the European Commission. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the international peer-reviewed journals “Telecommunication Policy” (Elsevier) and of the European Journal of Risk Regulation (Lexxion); a member of the Scientific Board of the International Telecommunications Society (ITS) and Chair of the Scientific Board of European Communications Policy Research (EuroCPR) since March 2014. He is a member of the European Association of Law and Economics (EALE), a founding member of the Italian Association of Law and Economics (SIDE-ISLE) and a member of the Istituto Affari Internazionali, where he was in charge of the Global Outlook program dedicated to international economics until June 2015.

Andrea Renda earned a BA cum laude in Economics from LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome, in 1995 (Dissertation awarded a special distinction) and is European Master of Law and Economics (LL.M., with distinction, University of Hamburg, 1996). He holds a Ph.D. degree in Law and Economics awarded by the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. He is the author of several publications, including the books “Impact Assessment in the EU. The State of the Art and the Art of the State”, published by CEPS in January 2006; “Last call for Lisbon? Suggestions for the future regulation of e-communications in Europe”, CEPS, June 2006; “Achieving the Internal Market for e-communications in Europe”, May 2008; “Policymaking in the EU: challenges and proposals for reform”, CEPS, June 2009; “A new innovation policy for EU2020”, CEPS, June 2010 (with Massimiliano Granieri); “Critical infrastructure protection in the EU” (CEPS, forthcoming September 2010”; “Law and economics in the RIA world” (Intersentia, September 2011); “Innovation Policy in the EU: towards smart, sustainable and inclusive growth” (with Massimiliano Granieri, Springer, February 2011); “The Net and the Internet” (edited book with Mario Girasole, forthcoming by Edward Elgar end 2018); and “The effectiveness of transnational private regulation”, Forthcoming by Edward Elgar at the end of 2018 (with Fabrizio Cafaggi). He is current working on two new book projects: “Governing AI ethical and policy challenges” (Palgrave-MacMillan); and “A Modern Guide to Regulation” (Elgar): both should see the light in early 2019.

Areas of Expertise: 
Regulatory Policy Unit
BA in Economics, Luiss Guido Carli, Rome; European Master in Law and Economics (LL.M.), University of Hamburg PhD in Law and Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam
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