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The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) brings you 'Generating Public Value Through Risk-based Regulation’ with visiting Harvard Professor Malcolm Sparrow. 
As an internationally renowned expert on regulatory and enforcement agencies, Professor Malcolm Sparrow is held in high esteem by those charged with delivering legislative excellence. 
He will deliver an engaging and insightful lecture on the conundrum for regulators tasked with harm reduction. 
This lecture, open to public sector employees only, is a high-level and broad-ranging presentation on recent developments in regulatory and law enforcement strategies around the world, and the challenges of effective risk-control.
This session will cover:
  • legal model of regulation versus expert model
  • striking the balance between promoting best practices and focusing on (and tackling) concentrations of risk or patterns of non-compliance
  • notion of regulatory craftsmanship, and its effect as an antidote to the "swinging of the regulatory pendulum" and the persistence of ideological preferences based on specific regulatory tools.
  • the challenges of organizing around risks or “problems”, rather than around functions and processes, and will examine the possible implications of adopting a “risk-based,” “problem-centric” or “harm-reduction” focus”.
  • relationship between risk-management (as an operational methodology) and the choice of regulatory structures (e.g. prescriptive regulation, performance-based regulation, self-regulation, co-regulation)
  • types of relationships with regulated industry — the consequences of using the risk-control mission as the foundation.

It is important to note that the lecture involves a serious commitment of time and attention. It begins at 10.00 am and concludes at 4.30 pm. Lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

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Professor Malcolm Sparrow
Professor of the Practice of Public Management
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Malcolm K. Sparrow is Professor of the Practice of Public Management at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  He is Faculty Chair of the school’s executive program “Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies.” 

Professor Sparrow’s recent publications include:

  • Handcuffed: What Holds Policing Back & the Keys to Reform (Brookings Press, 2016)
  • The Character of Harms: Operational Challenges in Control (Cambridge University Press, 2008)
  • The Regulatory Craft: Controlling Risks, Solving Problems, and Managing Compliance (Brookings Press, 2000)
  • License to Steal: How Fraud Bleeds America's Health Care System (Westview Press, 2000)

He served 10 years with the British Police Service, rising to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector. He has conducted internal affairs investigations, commanded a tactical firearms unit, and has extensive experience with criminal investigation. His research interests include regulatory and enforcement strategy, fraud control, corruption control, and operational risk management. He is also a patent-holding inventor in the area of computerized fingerprint analysis and is dead serious at tennis. He holds an MA in mathematics from Cambridge University, an MPA from the Kennedy School, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Kent University at Canterbury.

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