Dr Paul Sanderson

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

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Distance learning

Areas of Expertise: Social Work and Social Policy , Regulation, regulatory data, compliance

Dr Paul Sanderson is an expert in regulation and corporate governance, especially the regulation of social care and the management of regulation.



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 divided his time between that institution and Anglia Ruskin University.

Research interests

  • Regulation
  • Monitoring and compliance
  • Codes of practice
  • Regulatory and professional organisations
  • Regulations of the professions
  • 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

Dr Sanderson would be pleased to consider supervising doctoral students with the following research interests/topics:

  • Regulation
  • Monitoring and compliance
  • Codes of practice
  • Corporate governance
  • Regulatory and professional organisations
  • Regulation of the professions
  • Rule-making, monitoring behaviour, auditing, evaluation.

Recent and current doctoral supervision as first supervisor:
Creating Successful Communities (current)


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

  • 2016 Pay to Stay: Household income distribution estimates. National Housing Federation: £20,000
  • 2016 The impact of family support on access to homeownership for young people. Social Mobility Commission: £12,970
  • 2016 Developing data to Improve decisions on social housing rent levels. ESRC Impact Acceleration Account: £18,436
  • 2015 Refining ONS ‘Travel to Work Areas’ for social housing planning. ESRC Impact Acceleration Account: £1,924
  • 2015 Designing compliance into regulatory codes. BIS/BRDO/ESRC Impact Acceleration Account: £15,000
  • 2015 Estimated net income distribution of working households. Riverside Group: £8,000
  • 2014 Potential solutions for business data sharing between regulators. Department of Business, Innovation & Skills: £61, 745
  • 2011 The citizen in regulation. Local Better Regulation Office: £19,692
  • 2009 Analysis and advice in respect of regulatory data. Tenant Services Authority: £299,605
  • 2008 Comparative analysis of medical regulatory models in EU & worldwide (with RAND Europe, H de Vries). General Medical Council: £38,454
  • 2006 Statistical analysis and advice service in respect of regulatory data. Housing Corporation: £939,235
  • 2006 Soft Regulation? Conforming with the principle of ‘Comply or Explain’. Economic and Social Research Council: £177,826
  • 2006 Fitness of purpose and usage of Housing Corporation regulatory data (with C Whitehead). Housing Corporation: £191,370
  • 2005 Dataspring research programme (with C Whitehead). Housing Corporation: £409,675

Selected recent publications

Udagawa , C. and Sanderson, P., 2017 - forthcoming. The impact of family support on access to homeownership for young people in the UK. London: Social Mobility Commission.

Udagawa, C. & Sanderson, P., 2016. Household income distribution estimates: The example of Pay to Stay impacts in Local Authority areas in two English regions. Cambridge: Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research.

Udagawa, C. & Sanderson, P., 2016. Experimental review of the Cambridge Travel to Work Area as a tool for informing housing policy. Cambridge: Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research.

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.

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., 2015. From flexible regulation to agile compliance. BNP Paribas, Paris

Sanderson, P., 2015. Regulatory impact and disposition to comply: Regulatees’ perceptions of the legitimacy of flexible regulatory codes. Assessing the impact of regulation, Professional Standards Authority, Windsor.

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, 6 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, 6 September.

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.