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Prof Ignazio Cabras

Professor in Entrepreneurship and Regional Economic Development

Department: Newcastle Business School

 Ignazio Cabras is the Faculty Director for International Research Partnerships and a member of the Strategic Management and International Business Group (SMIB).

Before joining NBS, Ignazio worked at the universities of York, Edinburgh Napier, and Central Lancashire. His research interests are focused on economics and environment, with particular emphasis on regional growth and development, public sector management, employment issues, urban-rural dynamics, sustainability, community cohesion and social capital, industry and innovation, knowledge economies and ICT.

Ignazio's publication record includes more than 50 published works comprising journal articles, books and book chapters, and research reports. He peer-reviews articles for British and international scientific journals on regular basis, and seats in the Editorial Advisory Board of several academic journals.

Ignazio is Vice-President of the Beeronomics Society and a big supporter of Cagliari, the Sardinian football team which plays in the Italian Serie A (dai Casteddu!)

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  • Economics PhD September 01 2004
  • Information not provided Regional Studies Association (RSA) 2013
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2010

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Ignazio’s research experience embraces various and manifold aspects within the economic field, and includes also an analysis of procurement practices in the public sector at regional and local level, an empirical study of the supply chain effects associated with the nuclear industry, an investigation of Interregional SME Supply Chains along the Northeast Corridor and between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, a socio-economic evaluation of the benefits of digital games with regard to social and economic development in the UK (for more information, visit, and an ESRC funded project aimed at exploring and examining the potential impact of Brexit on communities, economies and supply chains located between Northern England and Southern Scotland.

At the moment, Ignazio is heavily engaged in investigating social networks in peripheral and remote areas and their role in developing local communities and businesses, with particular focus on the effects that third places (centres of social and cultural aggregation, e.g. public libraries, farmers’ markets, and village pubs) have on community cohesion and social capital in rural Britain.

Professional Activity

Memberships and external roles

  • Associate Fellow: York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis (University of York)
  • Research Associate: EU-Asia Institute, ESSCA École de Management (France)
  • Fellow: Regional Studies Association (FeRSA), The Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of the ESRC Peer Review College
  • External Expert: European Commission (Horizon 2020 programme)
  • External Examiner: Durham University Business School; Trinity College Dublin
  • Chair – Regional Studies Association Yorkshire and Humberside Branch
  • Invited Speaker (most recent only): Royal Society of Medicine, Royal Statistical Society, SIBA Annual Conference, Regional Studies Association EC Conference

Editorial Activity

  • Member of Editorial Board: International Journal of Public Sector Management;Education and Training; Regional Studies Regional Science; Regions (Former Co-Editor in Chief)
  • Guest Editor (most recent only): Business History, Social Policy and Administration

Referee work

  • Journals: Economic and Industrial Democracy, Business History, Regional Studies, Education and Training, European Planning Studies, International Journal of Public Sector Management, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Environmental and Planning Management, Local Government Studies, Papers in Regional Science, Regional Studies Regional Science, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Technovation, Production Planning and Control, Urban Studies
  • Books and monographs: Routledge, Oxford University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Pearson

Sponsors and Collaborators

During his academic career, Ignazio’s research has been funded and supported by several agencies, private organisations and public sector bodies, including the European Union (through the Framework Programme and the INTERREG Programme), the ESRC and EPSRC, the British Nuclear Group, the British Academy, the North West Development Agency, the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), and the Vintners Federation of Ireland.

Current/Recent Projects

‘The British craft-brewing sector: an econometric analysis’, commissioned by the Society of Independent Brewers (October 2017 – present, Principal Investigator)

 ‘The implications of Brexit for economic development and devolved governance in the North of England’, awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) within the ‘UK in a Chancing Europe’ Initiative (November 2016 – July 2017, Principal Investigator)

 ‘NEMOG – New Economic Models and Opportunities for Digital Games’, awarded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC, November 2013 – October 2016, Co-Investigator)

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The availability of local services and its impact on community cohesion in rural areas, Cabras, I., Lau, C. 1 May 2019, In: Local Economy
  • Promoting Waste Degrowth and Environmental Justice at a Local Level, Weber, G., Cabras, I., Calaf-Forn, M., Puig-Ventosa, I., D'Alisa, G. Feb 2019, In: Ecological Economics
  • The role of environmental organisations on urban transformation, Weber, G., Calaf-Forn, M., Puig-Ventosa, I., Cabras, I., D'Alisa, G. 10 Sep 2018, In: Journal of Cleaner Production
  • Developing an innovation ecosystem: Policy, skills and operations, Fernandes, K., Goumagias, N., Shukla, M., Oxley, G., Purvis, K., Cabras, I., Xiong, Y., Seddighi, H., Watson, D., Coleman, P., Matthew, S., Issac, B., Mary Jacob, S. 31 May 2018
  • How the Business Model of Customisable Card Games Influences Player Engagement, Hodge, V., Sephton, N., Devlin, S., Cowling, P., Goumagias, N., Shao, J., Purvis, K., Cabras, I., Fernandes, K., Li, F. 12 Mar 2018, In: IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games
  • Beer on! The evolution of micro- and craft brewing in the UK, Cabras, I. 20 Jan 2018, Economic Perspectives on Craft Beer, Palgrave
  • The transition of Germany's energy production, green economy, low-carbon economy, socio-environmental conflicts, and equitable society, Weber, G., Cabras, I. 20 Nov 2017, In: Journal of Cleaner Production
  • How third places foster and shape community cohesion, economic development and social capital, Cabras, I., Mount, M. 1 Oct 2017, In: Journal of Rural Studies
  • From value chains to technological platforms, Nucciarelly, A., Li, F., Fernandes, K., Goumagias, N., Cabras, I., Devlin, S., Kudenko, D., Cowling, P. 1 Sep 2017, In: Journal of Business Research
  • Exploring survival rates of companies in the UK video-games industry, Cabras, I., Goumagias, N., Fernandes, K., Cowling, P., Li, F., Kudenko, D., Devlin, S., Nucciarelli, A. 1 Apr 2017, In: Technological Forecasting and Social Change

Subject Group

Strategic Management and International Business

Economic rationalisation, socio-cultural and technological change, sustainability and environmental pressures together with the rapid rise of new economic powers outside of the western hemisphere have focussed the attention of managers, academics and those involved in public policy on the areas of strategic management and international business in an unprecedented manner. 

Firms urgently need to transform their businesses and take a long-term strategic perspective to adequately adapt to the realities of an increasingly interconnected global business environment that invariably brings heightened levels of competition. Against this background, the Strategic Management and International Business subject group has a range of research and practice-based expertise to assist organisations and prepare students for the challenges presented in the contemporary business world. Current research projects centre on macro issues, including institutional and regulatory structures, in the UK, Europe and China.

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