University of Bath School of Management University of Bath School of Management

Dr J. Robert Branston

Dr Robert Branston
Contact

telephone +44 (0) 1225 383179
email J.R.Branston@bath.ac.uk

Publications

Leading Refereed Journal Papers
Other Outputs

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, SFHEA

Job Title:

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Business Economics

Affiliated Research Centre:

Centre for Governance and Regulation (CGR)

Centre for Business, Organisations & Society (CBOS)

Division:

Marketing, Business & Society

Key Research Interests:

Regulation, Governance, The Tobacco Industry, Utility Companies, Micro-Firms

Research Interests

Dr J. Robert Branston is Senior Lecturer in Business Economics at the University of Bath School of Management. His primary research interests surround the governance and regulation of organisations, with a particular focus on the provision of public utilities and other key sectors, most notably the global tobacco industry. He has researched the conduct, performance, and market impact of transnational companies, and appropriate regulatory measures that might be applied to such companies in order to secure the public interest. More recently he has developed an interest in the conduct and performance of micro-firms, especially in the area of regulation.

Dr Branston has worked with and has been funded by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), The Irish Cancer Society, The Irish Heart Foundaction, The Royal Economics society, the National Insitute for Health Research, and Cancer Research UK. He has shared his expertise with the Houses of Parliament, HM Treasury, and the Department for Health in the UK, and the Ministry of Finance in the Republic of Ireland, and he and his work have been featured in various national media outlets.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in hearing from potential PhD students who wish to explore topics in the area the Regulation and Governance of organisations. I would particularly welcome contract from those wanting to explore any aspect of Tobacco companies behaviour or regulation, and the the governance of 'third sector' organisations, such as companies governed by Trusts (e.g. Companies Limited by Guarantee such as Network Rail).

Publications

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Leading Refereed Journals Papers | Other Outputs

Leading Refereed Journal Papers

Tomlinson, P. & Branston, J. R. 2017. Firms, Governance, and Development in Industrial Districts. Regional Studies.

Abbey, P., Tomlinson, P. R. & Branston, J. R. 2016. Perceptions of Governance and Social Capital in Ghana’s Cocoa Industry. Journal of Rural Studies, 44: 153-163, DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2016.01.015.

Branston, J. R. & Sweanor, D. 2015. Big Tobacco, E–Cigarettes, and a road to the smoking endgame. International Journal of Drug Policy, DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2015.12.023 .

Tomlinson, P. R. & Branston, J. R. 2014. Turning the tide: Prospects for an Industrial Renaissance in the North Staffordshire Ceramics district. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 7: 489-507, DOI: 10.1093/cjres/rsu016.

Branston, J. R. & Gilmore, A. B. 2014. The case for Ofsmoke: the Potential for Price Capr Regulation of Tobacco to Raise £500 Million Per Year in the UK. Tobacco Control, 23(1): 45–50, DOI: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2011-050385.

Branston, J. R., Tomlinson, P. R. & Wilson, J. R. 2012. Strategic Failure in the Financial Sector: A Policy View. International Journal of the Economics of Business, 19(2): 233-253, DOI: 10.1080/13571516.2012.684927.

Gilmore, A. B., Bransotn, J. R. & Sweanor, D. 2010. The case for OFSMOKE: how tobacco price regulation is needed to ptomote the health of markets, government revenue and the public. Tobacco Control, 19(5): 423–430.

► older publications

Branston, J. R., Cowling, K. & Sugden, R. 2006. Corporate governance and the public interest. International Review of Applied Economics, 20(2): 189-212, DOI: 10.1080/02692170600581110.

Branston, J. R., Sugden, R., Valdez, P. & Wilson, J. R. 2006. Generating participation and democracy: An illustration from electricity reform in Mexico. International Review of Applied Economics, 20(1): 47-68, DOI: 10.1080/02692170500362512.

Branston, J. R., Rubini, L., Sugden, R. & Wilson, J. R. 2006. The healthy development of economies: a strategic framework for competitiveness in the Health Industry. Review of Social Economy, 64(3): 301-329, DOI: 10.1080/00346760600892717.

Branston, J. R. 2002. The price of independents: an analysis of the independent power sector in England and Wales. Energy Policy, 30(15): 1313-1325, DOI: 10.1016/S0301-4215(02)00006-X.

Branston, J. R. 2001. A counterfactual price analysis of British electricity privatisation. Utilities Policy, 9(1): 31-46, DOI: 10.1016/S0957-1787(01)00003-0.

Other Outputs

Branston, J. R., Cowling, K., Tomlinson, P. R. & Wilson, J. R. 2016. Addressing ‘Strategic Failure': Widening the Public Interest in the UK Financial and Energy Sectors. In D. Coffey & C. Thornley (Eds.), Global Economic Crisis and Local Economic Development: International Cases and Policy Responses. London: Routledge.

Fai, F., Tomlinson, P. & Branston, R. 2015. Global Pipelines and Local Buzz; Enhancing Innovation in the North Staffordshire Ceramics District. Paper presented at (Fast?) Connecting R&D, R&D Management Conference, Pisa, Italy.

Branston, J. R. & Gilmore, A. 2015. The Extreme Profitability of the UK Tobacco Market and the Rationale for a New Tobacco Levy. Bath: University of Bath.

Branston, J. R. 2015. Innovation in the North Staffordshire Ceramics District – Stimulation Through International Trade Fairs. Bath: University of Bath.

Branston, J. R. 2015. The Profitability of the Irish Tobacco Market and the Benefits of a New Levy on Tobacco Company Profits. Bath: University of Bath.

Tomlinson, P. R. & Branston, J. R. 2014. The demand for UK beer; estimates of the long run on and off trade beer price elasticities. Applied Economics Letters, vol. 21, 3: 209-214, DOI:10.1080/13504851.2013.848022.

Branston, J. R., Cowling, K. & Tomlinson, P. R. 2014. Profiteering and the degree of monopoly in the great recession. Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, 37(1): 135–162.

Branston, J. R., Fomiskina, J. & Tomlinson, P. 2013. UK Ceramics Industry Report on the 2013 Firm Survey:Understanding the role of institutions, social capital and inter-firm networking within the North Staffordshire ceramics district. Bath: University of Bath.

Branston, J. R. 2013. The Case for Regulating Tobacco Manufacturers’ Prices in Ireland. Bath: University of Bath.

Branston, J. R. & Wilson, J. R. 2009. Media and governance. In S. Sacchetti and R. Sugden (Eds.), Knowledge in the development of economies. Iinstitutional choices under globalisation. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

► older publications

Branston, J. R., Cowling, K. & Sugden, R. 2008. Corporate governance and the public interest: the way forward. In K. P. Gugler and B. B. Yurtoglu (Eds.), The economics of corporate governance and mergers: 54-76. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Branston, J. R., Rubini, L., Sachetti, S., Sugden, R., Wei, P., & Wilson, J. R. 2006. The development of local economies and the possible impact of public policy: a methodology for case studies. In R. Sugden, C. Pitelis & J. R. Wilson (Eds.), Clusters and globalisation: the development of Urban and regional economies: 82-95. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Branston, J. R., Rubini, L., Sugden, R. & Wilson, J. R. 2005. Healthy Development of Economies? Governance in the Health Industry. In M. R. Di Tommaso & S. O. Schweitzer (Eds.), Promoting High-Tech Industries. Can Growth Lead the Way?: 45-58. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Branston, J. R., Sugden, R. & Wilson, J. R. (2003). International Perspectives on the Prosperity of a Region: The case of Southeastern Wisconsin. In R. Sugden, R. Cheng & R. Meadows (Eds.), Urban and Regional Prosperity in a globalised new economy: 281-311. London: Edward Elgar.