Discover the intersections of legislative and management strategies in public procurement.

On 23rd November join the SAPIENS project Early Stage Researchers, Valentina Bianchini and Aura Iurascu for a scientific webinar on Innovation and Sustainability in Transition. Co-hosted with the Jean Monnet Modules organized by Prof. Biancamaria Raganelli, the webinar delves into the transformative power of public procurement in fostering sustainable economies and societies.

The webinar is intended to bridge the gap between Law and Management fields of research, offering insights into the circular economy and sustainable supply chains.

Moderated by Prof. BIANCAMARIA RAGANELLI and led by SAPIENS lead researcher, Prof. Andrea APPOLLONI, the webinar will host SAPIENS ESRs Aura Iurascu and Valentina Bianchini to explore how public procurement acts as a catalyst for sustainable transitions.

Presentation Highlights:

Aura Iurascu: Unveiling the role of EU public procurement law in promoting a circular economy, with a focus on its implementation, impact measurement, and integration into public tenders.

Valentina Bianchini: Investigating the influence of public procurement on global supply chain sustainability, highlighting the interplay between procurement policies and sustainable supply chain management.

This webinar is ideal for students and newcomers to procurement, circular economy, and supply chains, offering a comprehensive view from both legal and managerial perspectives.

The recording is now available in Open access on Zenodo, on SAPIENS website and Youtube.

How can public procurement make global supply chains more sustainable?

On April 13th, SAPIENS Researchers Valentina Bianchini and Aura Iurascu provided a lecture exploring the nexus between public procurement and sustainability in global supply chains from an interdisciplinary perspective.

They discussed managerial and legal implications for public buyers, transnational firms, and their suppliers with 38 international students attending the course on “Procurement and Supply Chain” of Prof. Andrea Appolloni, within the Master in BMA of the University of Rome "Tor Vergata”. More information about their projects can be found at the following links:

SPP solutions at global level and SPP and Circular Economy

As member of the international training network on Sustainability and Procurement in International, European, and National Systems – SAPIENS, the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” is delighted to announce that its Early-Stage Researcher, Valentina Bianchini, will be hosted as Visiting Researcher by the George Washington University in May 2023.

Valentina Bianchini has been appointed Early Stage Researcher at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”in 2021, under the supervision of Prof. Gustavo Piga and Prof. Andrea Appolloni, to conduct the research project entitled “Developing sustainable and procurement solutions at global level (bottom-up approach)”. Her research investigates how public buyers, located in the EU, can via their public procurement function affect sustainability of global supply chains.

During her visiting research period at the George Washington University, Valentina will undertake research activities aimed at deepening the understanding of how different public procurement systems in different settings can influence both sustainable public procurement implementation, as well as global and multinational firms’ response.

The Project SAPIENS has been awarded a Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network (ITN) grant of €3.9 million by the European Research Agency (European Commission). It combines 10 international Universities from eight countries, and non-academic partners in seven countries.

The CEIS at the the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the Early Stage Researcher Aura Iurascu as a Visiting Researcher for three months (March-May 2023). 

Professor Andrea Appolloni is in charge as co-supervisor of the project conducted by Early Stage Researcher Aura Iurascu at the Faculty of Law, University of Hasselt (Belgium), in addition to his appointment as a leading researcher within the SAPIENS Network. 

Aura’s research focuses on the legal aspects underpinning the use of Public procurement as leverage for the Circular Economy. This interdisciplinary visiting period will enrich her research and allow her to obtain an intersectoral view of the economic aspects linked to her project and use it as a complemented part of her Ph.D. Moreover, as she is conducting comparative legal research among different EU Member States, our University will provide her with the necessary tools to combine law and economics in Italy.

Academics, students, and practitioners are welcome to access the official website of SAPIENS Network to be informed about all publications, blogs, meetings, and conferences on sustainable public procurement.

The SAPIENS Network project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 95669.