Dr Paul Sanderson

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader (FdSc Management of Social and Affordable Housing)

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Department:School of Education & Social Care

Location: Distance learning

Areas of Expertise: Social Work and Social Policy

Dr Paul Sanderson is an expert in Regulation and Corporate Governance, especially the regulation of social care and the management of regulation.

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Dr Sanderson trained originally as a musician, later he worked in retail management and then as an independent financial advisor 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 since divided his time between that institution and Anglia Ruskin University.

Research interests

  • Perceptions of regulation
  • Managing regulation
  • Approaches to regulatory data
  • Corporate governance

Recent research has addressed 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). In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Anglia Ruskin University he is also Research Programme Manager at the Centre for Housing and Planning Research, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge and Research Associate at the Centre for Business Research, Cambridge Judge Business School.

Areas of research supervision

  • The audit function in health delivery (from January 2015)
  • Applications welcomed from potential doctoral students seeking to research aspects of regulation


Dr Sanderson currently teaches regulation studies to social care students and management to social housing students.


  • PhD Management Studies (ESRC Research Studentship - Regulation), Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
  • BA (First class hons.) Politics with Economics, Anglia Ruskin University

Memberships, editorial boards

Social Business

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Potential Solutions for Business Data Sharing between Regulators, Dept. of Business, Innovation & Skills, 2014, £61, 745
  • The Citizen in Regulation, Local Better Regulation Office, 2011, £19,692
  • Analysis and Advice in Respect of Regulatory Data, Tenant Services Authority, 2009, £299,605
  • Comparative Analysis of Medical Regulatory Models in EU & Worldwide, General Medical Council, 2008, £38,454

Selected recent 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.

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.

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.

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

Recent presentations and conferences

Sanderson, P (2014) ‘Accounting to stakeholders under conditions of uncertainty’ Accountability in Corporate Governance and Financial Institutions. Centre for Business Law and Practice, School of Law, University of Leeds. 19 June

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 (2014) ‘Optimising regulatees’ disposition to comply: Observations from research on regulatees’ attitudes to code compliance.’ 2014 Year Ahead, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health: Stratford upon Avon. 13-14 February.

Sanderson, P (2013) Lessons for European Financial Markets Regulation from Complying with flexible regulation: Managers’ perceptions of corporate governance codes and ’comply-or-explain?’ Workshop: Re-thinking the Foundations of European Market Regulation and Enforcement,' University of Utrecht. 25-26 April.

Sanderson, P. (2013) ‘To preserve flexible regulation - or not? Evidence from managers’ perceptions of corporate governance codes and ‘comply-or-explain.’ Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. London. 06 February.

Sanderson, P (2012) Legitimation tool or self-interest or …? Exploring directors’ perceptions of comply-or-explain. More Regulation or Better Stewardship? Optimising the Means and Ends of Good Governance. 4th Cambridge International Regulation and Governance Conference. Cambridge. 06 Sep.

Sanderson, P. (2010) ‘When (and how) does flexible comply-or-explain regulation “work”? Discursive legitimacy, pluralistic compliance & flux.’ European Consortium on Political Research Standing Group. Regulatory Governance: "Regulation in the Age of Crisis, “ UCD, Dublin.

Media experience

Election Result in East Anglia, 8 May 2010, ITV Anglia News – commentary.