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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics

Studying at Cambridge


Dr Paul Sanderson

Dr Paul Sanderson

Research Programme Manager & Senior Research Associate (Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research)

Research Associate, (Centre for Business Research, Cambridge Judge Business School)

Senior Lecturer in Regulation Studies (Anglia Ruskin University)

Office Phone: 30805


Dr Sanderson trained originally as a musician and later worked in retail management and in financial services before becoming an academic. He gained his PhD in Management Studies in 2001 from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School with research into the way senior regulators perceive their duties towards the public. Since then he has divided his time between researching and teaching regulation in the UK and overseas.

Research Interests

Flexible forms of regulation, comply-or-explain, codes of corporate governance. Recent research has addressed how regulators balance freedom of information with data protection when faced with requests to share their data (UK Dept. of Business, Innovation & Skills), the disposition of regulatees in the corporate sector to comply with regulatory codes of governance (for the Economic & Social Research Council) and ways of improving the extent to which regulators share business data (for the UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.) He has also led research projects for the Tenant Services Authority (on the regulatory data supplied by social housing providers) and the General Medical Council (on the domestic regulation of international medical graduates).

Key Publications

Sanderson, P., Seidl, D. and Roberts, J. (forthcoming) 'Taking soft regulation seriously? Managers’ perceptions of the legitimacy of corporate governance codes and ’comply-or-explain’ in the UK and Germany.', Regulation & Governance, (accepted, under revision).

Seidl, D., Sanderson, P & Roberts J. (2013) ‘Applying the ‘comply-or-explain’ principle: discursive legitimacy tactics with regard to codes of corporate governance: Journal of Management & Governance. 17 (3) DOI 10.1007/s10997-011-9209-y.

Barker, R., Hendry, J., Roberts, J., & Sanderson, P. (2012). Can company-fund manager meetings convey informational benefits? Exploring the rationalisation of equity investment decision making by UK fund managers. Accounting, Organizations and Society. 37 (4): 207-222.

Hendry, J., Sanderson, P., Barker, R. G., and Roberts, J. (2007) Responsible ownership, shareholder value and the new shareholder activism. Competition and Change. 11 (3): 223-240.

Hendry, J; Sanderson, P; Barker, R. G., and Roberts, J. (2006)  Owners or traders? Conceptualizations of institutional investors and their relationship with corporate managers. Human Relations 59 (8): 1101-1132.

Roberts, J., Sanderson, P., Barker, R. G., and Hendry, J. (2006) 'In the Mirror of the Market: The Disciplinary Effects of Company / Fund Manager Meetings.' Accounting, Organisations and Society 31 (3): 277-294.

Other Publications

Sanderson, P., Banks, D., Deakin, S. and Udagawa, C. (2015) ‘Encouraging inter-regulator data sharing: the perceptions of regulators,’ London: Department of Business, Innovation & Skills.

Sanderson, P (2014) ‘Optimising regulatees’ disposition to comply: Observations from research on regulatees’ attitudes to code compliance.‘ Improving professional regulation in health and social care: interdisciplinary insights. Professional Standards Authority: Windsor, UK. 28 March.

Sanderson, P., Seidl, D., & Roberts J. (2013) ‘The Limits of Flexible Regulation: Managers’ perceptions of corporate governance codes and ‘comply-or-explain.’ University Of Cambridge CBR WP No. 439.

Sanderson, P. (2011). ‘The Citizen in Regulation.’ Birmingham: Local Better Regulation Office.