Towards the beginning of this month with their lead supervisor Professor Martin Trybus Professor of European Law and Policy , Chikaodili Dimazoro-Okeke, Xinyue Xue (Marie Curie Fellow), and Natalia Spataru (Marie Curie Fellow) attended the 10th Public Procurement Research Students Conference in Nottingham.
This in person conference was organised by the Public Procurement Research Group (PPRG) and aimed at research students in law but also other disciplines investigating procurement regulation and policy. Ph.D. candidates had the opportunity to present their research and receive feedback from the academic staff of the PPRG as well as other invited academics.
Discussants included Professor Martin Trybus, Albert Sanchéz Graells (University of Bristol), Penny Giosa (University of Portsmouth), Kirsi-Maria Halonen (University of Lapland, Finland), Willem Janssen (Utrecht University/Groningen University, The Netherlands), Marta Andhov (University of Copenhagen, Denmark), and the academic staff members of the PPRG: Professors Anna Maria La Chimia and Luke Butler, Peter Trepte, Paula Faustino, and Aris Georgopoulos.
I am very grateful to the PPRG at Nottingham for organising this useful event for the 10th time. Three of the PhD students I supervise at BLS work on public procurement and presented and received useful and constructive feedback at this conference. I was glad to provide such feedback to a Nottingham and a Tartu PhD student respectively in return. Our Birmingham delegation was the largest at the event apart from that of the PPRG itself.Professor Martin Trybus, Professor of European Law and Policy at the Birmingham Law School.
The BLS Ph.D. candidates presented their papers on Establishing the Foundation to Promote Women Inclusion through Public Procurement (Chikaodili Dimazoro-Okeke); Empowering Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Public Procurement (Xinyue Xue); and Sustainability and national public procurement objectives: the case of Italy (Natalia Spataru). Other PhD students hailed from China, Israel, Finland, Belgium, Estonia, Norway, and Denmark.