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Simon Porcher


Access to water is one of the most pressing global issues of the twenty-first century, particularly when set against the background of a rapidly growing global population. This book provides a cutting-edge, comprehensive overview of the challenges facing water governance and regulatory choices. The recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals set forward an ambitious agenda of providing universal access to good quality water supply and sanitation services within a financially constrained environment: however, the various peculiarities of each country regarding water governance makes it difficult to identify and implement the best practices and benchmarks. Drawing together empirical studies from countries around the world, the editors and contributors combine extensive data to review the individual challenges facing each country, from the supervision of autonomous regulatory bodies to the question of centralization and the influence of local utility companies. This pioneering and practical volume will be of interest and value not only to students and scholars of water governance, but also to practitioners and regulators.


  • Associate Professor at IAE Paris – Université Paris I Sorbonne (2016-)
  • Visiting Associate Professor at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy – NUS (2018)
  • Assistant Professor at IAE Paris – Université Paris I Sorbonne (2015-2016)
  • Visiting Lecturer at The London School of Economics and Political Science (2016-2018)
  • LSE Fellow at The London School of Economics and Political Science (2014-2015)
  • Assistant Professor at Université Paris Est Créteil & IAE Gustave Eiffel (2013-2014)
  • Adjunct Lecturer at Sciences Po (2010-2014)
  • Research Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence (2013)
  • Research and Teaching Assistant at Université Paris Descartes (2012-2013)
  • Research Fellow at ESCP Europe (2009-2010)


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  • Public Management / Public Administration
  • Public olicy Evaluation
  • Industrial Organization
  • Strategy
  • Contracting


Papers in Public Administration / Contracting / Water Regulation

Papers on CSR / Strategy / Entrepreneurship

Papers in Finance / Commodities



  • Beuve, J., Huet, F., Porcher, S., et Saussier, S., Les performances des modes de gestion alternatifs des services publics : le cas de la collecte des déchets en France, Rapport pour l’Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie (ADEME), 2013.
  • Porcher, S. et Saussier, S., La performance des services publics de l’eau en France, Rapport pour l’Observatoire national de l’eau et des milieux aquatiques (ONEMA), 2013.




  • European Commission Horizon 2020, LIS Water Project, in partnership with LNEC & Cranfield University, 2017-2018 (275,000€). Project qualified to be funded as a H2020 project.
  • International Labor Organization, in partnership with Université Paris Dauphine, 2016-2017 (15,000€).
  • ONEMA, research grant, 2010-2013.
  • ADEME, research grant, 2010-2013.


  • Seminar at IAE Paris, Paris, France, February 11th, 2019.
  • Vietnam Symposium on Leadership & Public Policy, Hanoi, Vietnam, October 30-31st, 2018.
  • Seminar at IAE Paris, Paris, France, April 2018.
  • Public Management Research Conference (PMRC), Singapore, May 30-31st , 2018.
  • SOAS Seminars on Water, London, UK, November 2017.
  • Academy of Management (AoM), Atlanta, USA, August 4-8th, 2017.
  • International Conference on Public Policy (IPPP), Singapore, June 28-30th, 2017.
  • Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics (SIOE), NYC, NY, USA, June 15-16th, 2017.
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference, Washington, DC, USA, November 3-5th, 2016.
  • 5th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures, EUI, Florence, Italy, June 24th, 2016.
  • Academy of Management (AoM), Vancouver, Canada, August 7-11th, 2015.
  • EPPP Chair Conference, IAE Paris – Sorbonne, Paris, France, June 4-5th, 2015.
  • INSEEC Business School Seminar, Paris, France, June 3rd, 2015.
  • SOAS Seminars on Water, London, UK, January 2015.
  • Université Saint-Denis Economics Seminar, Saint-Denis, France, April 28th, 2014.
  • IAE Gustave Eiffel Healthcare Seminar, Créteil, France, April 7th, 2014.
  • Université Paris Sorbonne Economics Seminar, Paris, France, March 28th, 2014.
  • Conference ICCM, ESG Management School, Paris, France, January 16th-17th, 2014.
  • IAE Gustave Eiffel Strategy Seminar, Créteil, France, September 26th, 2013.
  • International Society on New Institutional Economics 17th conference, Florence, Italy, June 20-22nd, 2013.
  • COST workshop, Brussels, Belgium, April 16th-18th, 2013.
  • IAE Lille Seminar, Lille, France, March 21st, 2013.
  • HEC Liège Seminar, Liège, Belgique, February 22th, 2013.
  • Smart Governance and Regulation of Water in Europe, EUI, Florence, Italy, February 7th-8th, 2013.
  • Academy of Management (AoM), Boston, MA, USA, August 3-7th, 2012.
  • Association Françaises des Sciences Economiques, 61ème congrès, Paris, France, July 2nd-4th, 2012.
  • EURAM 2012, 12th conference, Rotterdam, Netherlands, June 6th-8th , 2012.
  • Infradays 10th, Berlin, Germany, October 7th-8th, 2011.
  • DIW Berlin Seminar, Berlin, Germany, October 7th, 2011.
  • 2nd Conference on International Governance, Greenwich, England, September 9-10th, 2011.
  • Academy of Management (AoM), San Antonio, TX, USA, August 12-16th, 2011.
  • International Society on New Institutional Economics 15th conference, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA, June, 16-18th, 2011.
  • International Industrial Organization Society, Boston, MA, USA, April 8-10th, 2011.
  • ESNIE 7th « Days », Paris 11 Orsay, France, March 25th, 2011.
  • Center for Competition and Regulatory Policy, Birmingham, England, February 10th and 11th, 2011.
  • CESAER Seminar, Université de Dijon, France, December 6th, 2010.
  • Chaire EPPP Seminar, IAE Paris, France, Octobre 22nd, 2010.
  • 1st International Conference on Public Utilities, Bocconi Milan, Italy, July, 15-16th, 2010.
  • 1st Conference ADAM, Aix-en-Provence, France, June 30th – July, 1st, 2010.
  • 9th ESNIE, Cargèse, France, May 31st – June, 4th, 2010.


  • Member of the French Council of Universities – Conseil National des Universités (2018-).
  • Associate Editor of M@n@gement (2017-).
  • Vice-director of EPPP Chair, IAE Paris (2017-).
  • Board Member of GREGOR Research Lab (2016-).
  • Reviewer for Management Science, Journal of Management Studies, Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Institutional Economics, Urban Studies, M@n@gement, Policy Science, Applied Economics, Energy Policy, Economic Modelling, China Economic Review, Finance Research Letters, Water Policy, Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Revue d’économie industrielle, International Journal of Global Energy Issues, International Review of Financial Analysis, Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation.
  • Panel expert for the OECD on Water governance (2014).
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