Matthias Finger




Matthias Finger is Part-time Professor at the Florence School of Regulation and full Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he directs the Chair Management of Network Industries.

After having been Assistant Professor at Syracuse University, New York (1989-1991) and Associate Professor at Columbia University, New York (1992-1994), Matthias Finger was appointed Full Professor at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration in Lausanne in 1995. There he developed his research on the transformation of network industries in the postal, telecommunications, railways, electricity, air transport, and water sectors.

In his research, he reconciled the liberalization of these sectors with public service objectives by means of new regulatory arrangements, while at the same time promoting a more entrepreneurial behavior of the operators. Matthias was appointed to his present position of Full Professor at the EPFL in October 2002.

Matthias edits the Journal Competition and Regulation in Network Industries and is in charge of special editions of Utilities Policy for Elsevier.

Matthias received his Ph.D. in Political Science in 1988 and his Ph.D. in Education in 1986, both from the University of Geneva.

Since 2010 he is Part-time professor at the EUI: for more information on his activity as director of the Transport Area of the Florence School of Regulation.

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Learn about Smart Cities within the context of management of urban infrastructures. The introduction of Smart urban technologies into legacy infrastructures has resulted in numerous challenges and opportunities for contemporary cities and will continue to do so. This course will help you to understand how to make the best of these smart technologies in your cities’ legacy infrastructures.

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Sustainability, Resilience and Efficiency are fundamental considerations for city managers in managing urban infrastructures. Today, more than 3.9 billion people, making up more than 54% of the global population, live in cities. Urbanization is expected to continue in the coming years, raising the urban population to 6.0 billion by 2045. This dramatic increase in urban populations will inevitably increase the demand for energy, mobility (transportation), water, and other urban services in every city around the world. This course will provide you with the basic principles of urban infrastructure management that are fundamental for building prosperous cities that are sustainable, resilient and efficient.

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Learn the principles of managing urban infrastructure systems – the complex socio-technical systems that provide basic services to more than 50% of the world’s population. This course will teach you about the management and governance of infrastructures.

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In the era of Smart Cities, learn the principles of urban infrastructure management and find ways to incorporate smart technologies into legacy infrastructures. Over the past few years, advancements in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have significantly challenged the traditionally stable landscape of urban infrastructure services. The result is an increasing interest in the transitioning of cities towards so-called “smart cities” – an interest expressed both by technology vendors and public authorities.

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