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Procuring the future: A study of low carbon procurement processes for sustainability in Wales

Miah, Hushneara 2019. Procuring the future: A study of low carbon procurement processes for sustainability in Wales. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
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This thesis is the outcome of a collaborative study with the Climate Change Commission for Wales that examines the implementation of low carbon procurement. The research investigates low carbon procurement initially across the public, private and third sectors in Wales, with an especial emphasis on the public sector. The thesis contributes directly to the limited literature on sustainable public procurement, which is situated within the field of sustainability. In so doing, the research fills a lacuna in the extant literature by exploring the implementation process of low carbon procurement within the public sector, exploring the respective drivers, barriers and enablers relevant to its implementation, and providing insights from policymakers, government agencies and public sector procurers. This research marks the second time in which an action research strategy has been utilised in the field of sustainable public procurement. Data was collected through interviews, workshops, secondary data and a reflective research diary. The action research strategy, through its three emergent research cycles, represents an expedient approach through which to make a significant contribution to academic research and practice. Data was analysed thematically by hand, and its interpretation was largely informed by institutional theory and the resource‐based view. The findings generated by this study both operate on, and are presented at, three‐levels of analysis, comprising of society (Macro), organisations and teams (Meso), and individuals (Micro), which aids the identification of relevant drivers, barriers and enablers. The research findings identified that the drivers, barriers and enablers of low carbon procurement are both similar and different to those identified in the extant literature on sustainable public procurement; for example, leadership was present in the study, which is consistent with previous literature, but on different levels. Consequently, it is necessary to adopt a multilevel approach in order to advance the field of sustainable public procurement. Notable contributions include findings related to the need for greater cohesion, alignment, transformational leadership, resources and interventions in the public sector to support the implementation of low carbon procurement. Furthermore, the research demonstrates that, whilst practical interventions can aid the implementation of low carbon procurement, this can potentially be limited by institutional barriers.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Uncontrolled Keywords: carbon, low carbon procurement, sustainable procurement, sustainable public procurement, sustainability, Wales, policy, public sector, institutional theory, resource-based view.
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 May 2019
Date of Acceptance: 21 May 2019
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2019 10:43

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