Ignazio Cabras is a Reader in Economics, Business and Management at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University (UK). He is also an Associate Fellow of the York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis at the University of York (UK). In recent years, Ignazio has led several research projects investigating the significant role pubs play in rural areas, contributing to measure and unveil the positive impact of these businesses on local communities, economies and supply chains. He is an active member of the Beeronomics Society and chaired the third Beeronomics Conference in 2013, the first organised and host by a British institution.
David Higgins is a Professor in the Accounting and Finance Division at Newcastle University Business School (UK). He has published articles on Bass' trademarks and business strategy during the nineteenth century, and the corporate strategies of some of the UK's leading brewers. His main research interests include the protection of intellectual property and corporate governance.
David Preece is Professor Emeritus, Teesside University (UK). He has also worked at the universities of Portsmouth, Coventry, Bradford and Leeds. His research has focused around the managerial, people, human resource management and development issues associated with, and implications of, organizational and/or technological change. Specific projects include change and restructuring in UK public house retailing, the education and development of business executives, and talent management policies and practices.