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Final report of Buying Social Justice research project published

Posted by on November 27, 2023

The Buying Social Justice project has published its report on the findings of the two-year research project, written by Tessa Wright, Hazel Conley, Joyce Mamode and E.K. Sarter. Buying social justice through procurement: report of project findings The report summarises the main findings of the research, which investigated the use of public procurement to advance […]

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Equality and diversity toolkit welcomed by speakers at launch

Posted by on October 24, 2023

The Buying Social Justice project launched its toolkit for practitioners on including equality and diversity objectives within public procurement at a well-attended online event on 19 October 2023. Participants came from the devolved governments in Wales and Scotland and local government across England, Scotland and Wales, from universities, housing associations and the private sector, and […]

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Registration now open for project conference and toolkit launch

Posted by on September 12, 2023

You can now register for our online project conference being held on Thursday 19th October at which we will be presenting our key findings and launching our Buying Social Justice toolkit for practitioners on including equality and diversity objectives within public procurement activities. The conference is being held online, to make attendance as easy and […]

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Early research findings published in Buildings & Cities journal

Posted by on August 29, 2023

First findings of the Buying Social Justice project have been published in Buildings & Cities, an international open-access journal that publishes research on the built environment. In UsingProcurement to Promote Workforce Diversity, Tessa Wright describes how public procurement can be used to create a more diverse construction workforce, arguing that the emergence of the social […]

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Project presents findings at conferences in Nottingham and Germany

Posted by on July 19, 2023

Project researcher Dr Katharina Sarter has recently presented two papers on the research findings at conferences in Schwerin, Germany and Nottingham, UK focusing on the promotion of public procurement as a policy tool by the governments in Scotland and Wales.   At the conference of the Section Welfare State Research of the German Association of Political […]

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“Golden thread” of equality throughout procurement process is key to success, hears Scottish workshop

Posted by on June 26, 2023

A third workshop organised by the Buying Social Justice project took place in Edinburgh, where the project team presented findings from the research conducted across England, Scotland and Wales. The well-attended event at Edinburgh’s COSLA conference centre on 22 June brought together procurement and equality experts from across the Scottish public sector to hear the […]

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Findings of research welcomed at workshop in England

Posted by on June 8, 2023

The Buying Social Justice project team presented early findings from the research to an audience of procurement, equality and trade union experts at a workshop in Birmingham’s Quaker Meeting House on 5 June. The research highlighted good practice in the inclusion of equality considerations in procurement, particularly in the pre-qualification stages, although equality requirements in […]

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Strong legislative framework for social procurement in Wales welcomed, but further resources needed 

Posted by on May 30, 2023

The Buying Social Justice project discussed its research findings with public sector procurement experts in Wales at a well-attended workshop on 25 May. More than 20 practitioners from across the Welsh public sector attended the workshop, held at the University of South Wales, on the day after the Social Partnership and Public Procurement (Wales) Act […]

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Booking now open for Buying Social Justice project collaborative workshops in Cardiff, Birmingham and Edinburgh

Posted by on April 27, 2023

The project is holding three collaborative workshops for practitioners in Wales, England and Scotland to present the initial findings of the research and to develop the recommendations. The workshops are aimed at: The aims of each half-day workshop are to: Each workshop will provide a unique opportunity for practitioners to meet with and learn from […]

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Survey closing on 31st January

Posted by on January 30, 2023

Last chance to participate in the Buying Social Justice survey of procurement specialists If you work in procurement for a local authority, a housing association or a university and haven’t completed our short survey – you still have a couple of days to participate. The survey will only take 10 to 15 minutes of your […]

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