The Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) is an inter-disciplinary research centre at the heart of the European University Institute (EUI). It was established in 1992 to complement the four EUI disciplinary departments (Economics, History and Civilization, Law, Political and Social Sciences) with the aim to be involved in both basic and policy research, collaborate with other centres of excellence in Europe, provide opportunities for young scholars and promote dialogue with the world of practice. The Centre’s goal is to maintain an environment and support structure that fosters intellectual curiosity and excellent research. The research agenda of the Centre is currently guided by three major themes: Integration, Governance and Democracy; Regulating Markets and Governing Money; and 21st Century World Politics and Europe.
The Florence School of Regulation (FSR), established in 2004, provides a framework for independent discussion and knowledge exchange with the purpose of improving the quality of European regulation and policy. We deliver academic research, training and policy events in the areas of Energy & Climate, Communications & Media, Transport and Water.
The African School of Regulation (ASR) is being created by six ASR Partners – European University Institute (EUI), the University of Cape Town (UCT), the Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES), the Enel Foundation, RMI, and the Energy Nexus Network (TENN). It aspires to become a centre of excellence for independent discussion and knowledge exchange with the purpose of improving the quality of African energy regulation and policy. Africans will shape the sustainable energy transition, enhancing or creating the institutions needed to build and operate their required infrastructure.
The objective of the ASR is to build skills, knowledge, and sustainable jobs, thereby creating additional value in Africa in the field of energy regulation. This can only be achieved with excellence and intellectual integrity, which require highly capable professionals (both local and global) and independence. The institutional design, organisation, and funding of the ASR must make sure that both requirements are met.
The ASR will draw on specialist global knowledge and expertise on how to regulate the power sector effectively. It needs an appreciation and understanding of the rapid global energy transition, and it needs to apply this knowledge and experience to the challenges of the African context, including the imperative of universal access to electricity. Building new capabilities in Africa requires local institutions with specialist knowledge and expertise backed by partners who are at the frontiers of international experience.
The ASR shall strive to support the achievement of reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy supply for all, and the protection of the customers, which indirectly also requires the protection of the companies in charge of the entire supply chain. To deliver on this goal and better represent energy customers, the ASR also commits to building an inclusive environment for female regulators and policymakers in a historically male-dominated field.
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