Contemporary political volatility within the Middle East region has led to far reaching socio-economic upheaval and strife with a devastating impact generating mass displacement of Iraqi, Palestinian, and Syrian refugees to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey (UNCHR, 2014). In their host nations, these displaced communities seek to reconstruct their lives in a context of loss, poverty, violence and devastation (Kuttab, 2008; Chatty, 2010).
Feria Fluvial, Valdivia. Chile.
The project aims to explore how the buying choices of the individual and the state can be used as a lever for development, understood as people’s freedom to live the life they have reason to value - individually and collectively.

Technologies, capabilities and collective choice: Exploring sustainable state e-procurement in Brazil and Chile

 

This paper summarised and analysed research findings from focus group discussions which asked Chilean and Brazilian citizens' about their views on sustainable public procurement. It also considers how e-procurement systems such as Chilecompra (Chile) and Comprasnet (Brazil) could be used to coordinate sustainable public procurement. The paper was jointly authored and presented by the PI at the largest and most prestigious Geography conference, the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers.

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