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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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  • PhD Economics
  • PGCert Learning and Teaching in the Higher Education
  • PGCert Business and Management Research Methods
  • MSc Environmental Economics
  • BSc (Hons) Economics

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

Journal Articles

Weber, G., Cabras, I., Calaf-Forn, M., Puig-Ventosa, I. and D'Alisa G. (2019) 'Promoting Waste Degrowth and Environmental Justice at a Local Level: The Case of Unit-Pricing Schemes in Spain', Ecological Economics 156(1), 306-317

Weber, G., Calaif, M., Puig, I., Cabras, I. and D'Alisa, G. (2018): ‘The role of environmental organisations on urban transformation: The case of waste management in Esporles (Mallorca)’. Journal of Cleaner Production 195: 1546-1557

Hodge, V.J., Sephton, N., Devlin, S., Cowling, P.I., Goumagias, N., Shao, Jianhua, Purvis, K., Cabras, I., Fernandes, K.J. and Li, F. (2018) ‘How the Business Model of Customisable Card Games Influences Player Engagement’. IEEE Transactions on Games, DOI: 10.1109/TG.2018.2803843

Cabras I. and Mount M. (2017) ‘How third place foster and shape community cohesion, economic development and social capital: the case of pubs in rural Ireland’. Journal of Rural Studies, 55(5): 71-82

Nucciarelli A., Li F., Goumagias N., Fernandes F., Cabras I., Cowling P., Devlin S., Kudenko D. (2017) ‘From value chains to technological platforms: The effects of crowdfunding in the digital game industry’. Journal of Business Research 78: 341-352

Weber G. and Cabras I (2017) ‘The Transition of Germany`s Energy Production, Green Economy, Low-Carbon Economy, Socio- Environmental Conflicts, and Equitable Society’. Journal of Cleaner Production, 167: 1222-1231

Cabras I. and Mount M. (2017) ‘Assessing the impact of pubs on community cohesion and wellbeing in the English countryside: a longitudinal study’. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management 29(1): 55-79

Cabras I., Goumagias N., Fernandes F., Nucciarelli A., Li F., Cowling P., Devlin S., Kudenko D. (2016) ‘Exploring survival rates of companies in the UK video-games industry: an empirical study’. Technological Forecasting and Social Change; 117(10): 305-314

Cabras I. and Higgins D. (2016): ‘Beer and Brewing in Business History‘. Special Issue for Business History – ‘The History of Beer and Brewing Industry’; 58(5): 609-624

Cabras I. and Bamforth C. (2016) ‘From reviving tradition to fostering innovation and changing marketing: The evolution of micro-brewing in UK and US 1980-2012‘. Special Issue for Business History – ‘The History of Beer and Brewing Industry’ 58(5): 625-646

Cabras I. and Mount M. (2016) ‘Economic Development, Entrepreneurial Embeddedness and Resilience: The Case of Pubs in Rural Ireland’. European Planning Studies, 24(2): 254-276

Danson M., Galloway L., Cabras I., Beatty C. (2015) ‘Micro-brewing and entrepreneurship: the origins, development and integration of real ale breweries". Special Issue for International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation – ‘The Competitiveness of SMEs in the Food Sector: Exploring Possibilities For Growth’, 16(2): 135-144

Mount M. and Cabras I. (2015) ‘Community Cohesion and Village Pubs in Northern England: An Econometric Study’. Regional Studies, 50(7): 1203-1216

Peck F.; Parry S.; Mulvey G.; Jackson K.; Cabras I. and Jackson J. (2014) 'The role and significance of rates relief for supporting businesses in Wales'. Environment and Planning C, 32(6): 982 – 999

Cabras I. and Bosworth G. (2014) ‘Embedded models of rural entrepreneurship: the case of pubs in Cumbria, North West of England’. Local Economy, 29(6/7): 598–616

Pearson M. and Cabras I. (2014) 'Innovation and Connectivity in Northern European Technical Cooperation Networks'. International Journal of Innovation Management 18(4); DOI: 10.1142/S1363919614500224

Cabras I. (2014) ‘Community cohesion and cooperatives in rural Britain: exploring a sustainable future’. Regions No. 293: 6-9, Spring 2014; ISSN: 1367-3882

Cabras I.; Canduela J. and Raeside R. (2012) 'The relation of village and rural pubs with community life and peoples well-being in Great Britain'. German Journal of Agricultural Economics 61(4): 265-274

Cabras I. and Mulvey G. (2012) ‘Restructuring of nuclear economies: impacts on local supply chains in West Cumbria’. European Planning Studies, 20(4): 707-724

Cabras I. (2011) 'Industrial and Provident Societies and village pubs: exploring community cohesion in rural Britain', Environment and Planning A, 43(4): 2419-2434

Peck F. and Cabras I. (2011) ‘The impact of local authority procurement on local economies: the case of Cumbria, North West England', Public Policy and Administration 26(3): 307-331

Cabras I. (2011) ‘Mapping the spatial patterns of public procurement: a case study from a peripheral local authority in Northern England’, International Journal of Public Sector Management, 24(3): 187 – 205 [Highly Commended Paper - Emerald Literati Network 2012 Award for Excellence]

Cabras I. and Reggiani C. (2010) 'Village pubs as a social propellant in rural areas: an econometric study', Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 53(7), 947 – 962

Cabras I. (2010) 'Use of e-procurement in local authorities' purchasing and its effects on local economies: evidence from Cumbria, UK', European Planning Studies, 43(18) 1133-1151

Peck F. and Cabras I. (2009) 'Impacts of agglomeration on call centre operations: evidence from North West England'. Regional Studies, 43(7), 923-934

Peck F. and Cabras I. (2009) 'Off-shoring in the contact centre industry and employment in the North West of England', The Service Industries Journal, 29(1-2): 173-184

Cabras I. (2008) 'Call centres and incapacity benefit claimants in the North West of England: a study from the Greater Manchester Area'. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 29(2): 249-273


Books and Book Chapters

Cabras, I. and Ellison, K. (2018) ‘Craft Beer and Beer Festivals: Exploring the potential for local economies and gastro-tourism in the UK’, in Bellini N.; Clergeu, C. and Etcheverria O. (Eds.): Gastronomy and Local Development: The Quality of Producst, Places and experiences. London: Routledge. ISBN: 978-1-138-731998

Cabras I. (2017) ‘Beer on! Beer on! the Evolution of Micro- and Craft Brewing in the UK’, in Garavaglia C. and Swinnen J. (Eds.): Economic Perspectives on Craft Beer: A Revolution in the Global Beer Industry. London: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 978-3-319-58234-4

Cabras I. (2017) ‘A Pint of Success: How Beer Is Revitalizing Cities and Local Economies in the United Kingdom’, in Chapman N., Lellock J. S., and Lippard D. (Eds.): Untapped: Exploring the Cultural Dimensions of Craft Beer. Morgantown: West Virginia University Press. ISBN: 978-1-943665-68-6

Cabras I., Higgins D. and Preece D. (2016) Beer, Brewing and Pubs: a Global Perspective. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN: 978-1-137-466181

Cabras I. and Higgins D. (2016) The History of the Beer and Brewing Industry. London: Routledge. ISBN: 978-1-138-666993

Lindsay C., Greve B., Cabras I., Kellett S., Ellison N. (2015) New Perspectives on Health, Disability, Welfare and the Labour Market. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell. ISBN: 978-1-119-145516

Cabras I (2014) 'The Case of Rural Co-operatives and their Potential for Local Communities in the UK', in Bosworth G. and Somerville P. (Eds.): Interpreting Rurality: Multidisciplinary Approaches. London: Routledge. ISBN: 987-1-134-090518

Devlin S., Cowling P., Kudenko D., Goumagias N., Nucciarelli A., Cabras I., Fernandes K., and Li F. (2014) ‘Game Intelligence’. In Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence in Games (CIG), Dortmund, Germany.

Goumagias N., Cabras I., Fernandes K., Li F., Nucciarelli A., Cowling P., Devlin S., Kudenko D. (2014) ‘A Phylogenetic Classification of the Video-Game Industry’s Business Model Ecosystem’. Proceeding of the 15th IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE 2014. ISBN: 978-3-662-44744-4

Cabras I. (2010) Agglomeration of Contact Centres in Regional Economies. Berlin: Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN: 978-3-838-390444

Cabras I. (2009) 'Agglomeration of services at regional level: the case of call centres in Northern England', in Proceedings of the 1st PhD Conference in Economics in Memory of Vassilis Patzatzis. Athens: UAD PhilEcon, pp 108-129

Peck F., and Cabras, I. (2007) ‘Contact Centres in the Peripheral Areas: Experience from the NW of England’ in Beira (ed.): Regioes Periferica, Desenvolvimento e Contact Centres. Braganza: Beira, pp. 11-22

Peck F., Mulvey G., Lloyd C., Cabras I., Luffrum J., Phillips N., and Wylie R. (2006) “Sector Review for Cumbria”. Carlisle: Centre for Regional Economic Development. ISBN: 978-0-955-675201


Conference Papers (most recent only – 88 papers in total presented since 2001)

Cabras I. (2018) ‘Cheers to that! The impact of craft- and micro-breweries in rural areas of Britain’. Rural Entrepreneurship Conference, Newcastle University, Plymouth (UK) 14-16 June

Cabras I. and Waehning, N. (2018) 'The Impact of Event Tourism on Urban and Local Economies: the Case of the Knavesmire Festival in York, UK'. Regional Studies Association International Conference, Lugano (Switzerland) 3-6 June

Cabras I., Canduela J and Toms J.S. (2017) ‘The impact of pubs on Local Authorities in Britain: a longitudinal study’. V Beeronomics Conference, Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen (Denmark) 12-15 June

Mulvey G., Cabras I., Danson M., Peck F., Shaw K. (2017) ‘The impact of Brexit for economic development and devolved governance in Cumbria, the North East of England and the Scottish Borders’, Regional Studies Association International Conference, Dublin (Ireland) 3-6 June

Goumagias N., Fernandes K., Cabras I., Li F. (2016) ‘A Conceptual Framework of Business Model Emerging Resilience’. 32nd EGOS  Colloquium, Naples (Italy) 7-9 July


Research and Consultancy Reports

Cabras I. (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) ‘British Beer: A report on the Members’ Survey of the Society of Independent Brewers’. Commissioned and published by SIBA, March 2015

Cabras I. and Mount M. (2014) ‘The role of pubs in creating economic development and social wellbeing in rural Ireland’. Final report prepared for the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland, March 2014

Cabras I. and Mount M. (2014) ‘The importance of pubs in shaping community cohesion and socio-economic activities in rural areas of England’. Report for the British Academic SRG, April 2014

Cabras I. and Pearson M. (2012) “Final Report on Transnational Supply Chains related to the Maritime, Energy and Health and Food Sectors operating in the North Sea Corridor”. NSSC North Sea Region - IVb Interreg Programme. JID: 35-2-17-09

Peck, F.; Mulvey, G.; Jackson, K.; Cabras, I.; Parry, S. and Jackson J. (2010) "An evaluation of the Small Business Rates Relief Scheme in Wales" - Welsh Assembly Government Social Research, No. 07/2010.

Connelly, S., Peck, F. and Cabras I. (2009) ‘The Economic Value of Local Environmental Quality’. Report for ENCAMS (Environmental Campaign). 

Peck F., Mulvey G. and Cabras, I. (2009) ‘Comparative Study of Health Parks and Healthcare Clustering: Lessons for West Cumbria’. Report for NHS Cumbria. 

Peck F., Cabras I and Bell F. (2008) ‘Impact of Public Procurement on the North West Economy’. Report for the North West Regional Development Agency

Peck F., Mulvey G. and Cabras I. (2008) ‘Nuclear Supply Chain Spend in West Cumbria’. Report for West Lakes Renaissance

Peck F. and Cabras I. (2007) ‘Impact of Local Authorities’ Procurement on the Cumbrian Economy’. Report for the Cumbria Procurement Initiative Partnership (now EPiC)

Canali G., Trommeter M., Scarpa R., Cabras I., Jones S., and Carboni M. (2004) ‘ECONOGENE Project: Analysis of Case Studies in United Kingdom, France and Italy’. ECONOGENE Publications.  European Union: Quality of Life - V Framework Programme

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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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