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Research interests

I am a Senior Lecturer in Business Economics at the University of Bath School of Management. My 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. I have 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 I have developed an interest in the conduct and performance of micro-firms, especially in the area of regulation.

I have worked with and have 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. I have shared my 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 I and my work have been featured in various national media outlets.

Willing to supervise PhD

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).

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Projects 2013 2019

Research Output 1999 2017

Open Access
Tobacco Use
Tobacco
Taxes
Economic Inflation
Health Expenditures

Firms, Governance, and Development in Industrial Districts

Tomlinson, P. R. & Branston, J. R. 12 Jun 2017 In : Regional Studies. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

industrial district
industrial zone
industrial development
firm
governance

THE IMPORTANCE OF TOBACCO AND E-CIGARETTE SALES TO SMALL SHOPS IN THE UK: AN ANALYSIS USING RETAIL SALES DATA

Hitchman, S. C., Branston, J. R. & Cheeseman, H. 10 Mar 2017 p. 258-259

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Tobacco
Profit
Smoking
Deprivation
Retail

Tobacco industry strategies undermine government tax policy: evidence from commercial data

Hiscock, R., Branston, J. R., McNeill, A., Hitchman, S. C., Partos, T. R. & Gilmore, A. B. 9 Oct 2017 In : Tobacco Control.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Tobacco Industry
Taxes
Tobacco
Tobacco Products
Costs and Cost Analysis

Addressing 'strategic failure': widening the public interest in the UK financial and energy sectors

Branston, J. R., Cowling, K. G., Tomlinson, P. R. & Wilson, J. R. 1 Apr 2016 Global Economic Crisis and Local Economic Development: International Cases and Policy Responses. Begley, J., Coffey, D., Donnelly, T. & Thornley, C. (eds.). London, U. K.: Routledge, p. 188-212 240 p. 10. (Routledge Studies in the Modern World Economy)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter