Public Procurement Research Group
  • Print

Public Procurement:
Global Revolution IX



17-18 June 2019


East Midlands Conference Centre, University of Nottingham

Register your interest


Find us on Facebook   Twitter   LinkedIn




Public Procurement: Global Revolution IX - Call for Papers

We are pleased to invite submissions from anyone wishing to present papers. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words by 23 September 2018 to

Full papers are required by April 2019.

Key conference themes are the following, but we also welcome submissions on other areas:

International, including the work of OECD, UNCITRAL, WTO and Multilateral Development Banks

  • Bid rigging: detection and prevention
  • Tools of good governance:
  • - procurement data and open contracting
  • - civil society oversigh
  • How to design and operate a supplier review system
  • Trade and procurement with 'globalisation' in crisis
  • OECD/DAC's MAPS II (second generation methodology for assessing procurement systems): results of piloting
  • Country systems and Alternative Procurement Arrangements: is there progress?
  • Public procurement and human rights
  • Procurement and international sport, including the work of the International Partnership against Corruption in Sport (IPACS)

Procurement in practice

  • Evaluating progress in promoting SME participation: lessons from around the world
  • Assessing bidders:
  • - bidder changes during the tender process
  • - reliance on third party capacities
  • Negotiation in complex public procurement
  • Collaborative procurement between EU Member States: theory or practice?


  • Experience with implementing the EU's Concessions Directive
  • The EU's Communication on ex-ante assessment of large infrastructure projects: is it delivering the expected results?
  • The ESPD/principle of self-declaration in practice
  • The EU's innovation partnership procedure and other innovative procurement: experience and lessons so far
  • Green public procurement in practice under the EU directives: the story so far and where next?
  • Cross-border procurement or market penetration
  • Brexit and procurement: where have we got to?
  • The fallout from Carillion:  
  • - rethinking the approach to assessing financial standing
  • - the future of PFI in the UK

In 2017, the PPRG celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Public Procurement: Global Revolution conference series. The largest event yet and sponsored again by Achilles, the conference saw several hundred delegates and speakers from academia, international organisations, government and industry gather at the East Midlands Conference Centre on campus, from 51 countries as far away as Argentina, Mongolia and New Zealand.

The key note presentation was delivered by Professor Steven J. Kelman, Albert J. Weatherhead III and Richard W. Weatherhead Professor of Public Management at Harvard Kennedy School, who reflected on the state and development of procurement reform, while other plenary session speakers provided further perspectives on the last 20 years of regulation. Four parallel streams of workshops covered topics such as Brexit (obviously), modification and termination of contracts, abnormally low tenders, electronic procurement in action, and human rights and procurement.

Official collaborators in putting on the event included the World Trade Organization, African Public Procurement Research Unit (Stellenbosch), Procurement Lawyers Association, Centre for Procurement and PPP (Lodz), University of Tartu, Stockholm University, University of Lagos, Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, Catolica Research Centre for the Future of Law (Lisbon) and University of Durham.

We were delighted to see friends who were with us for the very first conference, and continued to forge new relationships and friendships, including with some of our new collaborators.

We look forward to Public Procurement: Global Revolution IX on 17-18 June 2019. See you there!

For more extensive study of public procurement law - EU and/or global - take a look at our distance learning (part-time) postgraduate programme in Public Procurement Law and Policy (Masters/Diploma/Certificate).


The University of Nottingham
University Park

telephone: +44 (0)7803 293 759