Welcome to the Procurement Law Academic Network

The PLAN Network – Procurement Law Academic Network – is a permanent global network of academics (professors, researchers etc) interested in public procurement law and regulatory policy. The Network welcomes members working in any relevant discipline e.g. law, economics, business management, public policy and political science.

Membership of PLAN and access to its facilities are FREE and are open to all who meet the relevant criteria.

Through the Network members can:

  • make contact with other academics working in the public procurement field from all over the world;
  • publicise their research, conferences etc to the global community; and
  • learn of other research and events in the public procurement field.




“Public procurement” – or “government procurement” – refers to the government’s activity of purchasing the goods, works and services it needs. These purchases range from simple items such as pens and paper clips through to complex goods and construction works such as missiles and power stations. A sound policy on public procurement is vital in all countries to avoid wasting resources, to secure the infrastructure needed for economic development and to ensure quality public services. Procurement policy can also play an important role in fighting corruption, in addressing social and environmental problems and in developing the private sector.

Over the last two decades law and other regulatory provisions have come to play an increasingly prominent role in public procurement policy, both in individual countries and under international trade agreements (including the Government Procurement Agreement of the WTO). As a result the regulation of public procurement has also become a significant and distinct area for academic study, and several institutions now have specialist research centres in the field.
The PLAN Network – Procurement Law Academic Network – was set up in 2008 as a permanent global network for academics who are interested in issues relating to public procurement law and regulatory policy. The Network brings together interested academics from all disciplines, including those from law, management, economics, political science and public policy.

Aims and objectives

The aim of the Network is first and foremost to support the development of teaching and research in public procurement regulation in higher education. It seeks, in particular, to promote research activities on a cross-country and inter-disciplinary basis. It supports research by providing information to help researchers find partners for collaborative projects, as well as by allowing academics to disseminate information on their research and to find out about other projects. The Network also provides information on taught courses in public procurement and on opportunities for research degrees. This facilitates the sharing of teaching experiences and also enables potential students to find out about courses of interest.

The Network also facilitates collaboration between the academic community and those outside it, including international organisations, national governments, lawyers, procurement practitioners and suppliers. In particular, the Network provides an opportunity for academics to publicise their research, conferences, teaching programmes and expertise to those outside academia. Government and industry benefit from access to information on relevant academics who might be able to assist with research projects, training, consultancy etc.

How does it work?

The Network has three categories of membership:

–  ACADEMIC MEMBERSHIP for individuals who are employed as full or part time lecturers or researchers at institutions of higher education or are registered for research degrees at such institutions.
– INSITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP for academic institutions that have a significant presence in the field of public procurement. (Individuals working or researching at these institutions should also register separately as individual members);
– ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP. This category is designed for other interested persons e.g. those working in government, industry or international organisations and also those taking taught university courses.

Each potential academic member first fills in a short registration form on the website. Once your form has been submitted and has been verified by the PLAN administrator, you will receive an email requesting you to provide a profile for the site Instructions on how to submit a profile are available under Help and Instructions in the USER MENU when you log in. For individual academic members the profile covers, for example, specific areas of research interest, main publications and journal editorships.

On the registration form Institutional academic members can enter a profile which should cover issues such as disciplines involved, institutional research interests and current research projects, grant funding and sponsorships, courses taught etc (maximum 3000 characters).

Profiles can include links to web pages giving further details of the individual or institution. These profiles are then made available on the relevant page of the website. They can be accessed freely by both members and non-members.

Email addresses of members remain private – they cannot be accessed by the general public or other members. Individual members can, however, contact each other using the form provided for members on the site (instructions available in the USER MENU under Help and Instructions) and may, of course, exchange direct details in due course should they wish to do so.

There is also a facility for academic members to post information on new developments (in a News section) on forthcoming events (in an Events section) and give details of research projects . These news and events sections can also be accessed freely by both members and non-members. The Events section will give details of forthcoming events such as conferences and seminars. It will include both events run by academic institutions themselves and other events at which individual network members are speaking. To submit news, a forthcoming event  or to list a research project click on the appropriate link in the USER MENU when you have logged in.

The category of associate member allows persons not eligible for individual or institutional membership to signal their interest in the academic community. Associate members may – like any member of the public – view profiles and their own profiles will be publicly available on the website to others. However, there is no facility for associates to contact other members through the site or to post information on news and events.

A search facility for the PLAN website can be accessed by clicking on the “Search” link at the top right hand corner of the home page.

PLAN has a discussion forum. This is open for public view but only academic members can post. Additionally, there is a Project Partner Search forum, which is designed for members who are looking for partners to undertake research projects, joint grant applications etc. Access to fora is via the “Forum” link on the USER MENU on individual member profile pages.

For more details of how to join the network and for the relevant registration forms please click on “How to join” at the top right hand corner of the home page.


Membership of the Network is FREE and is open to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria.

Membership is open to academics working in any academic discipline who have an interest in regulatory policy in public procurement. It is open to persons from any country. It is open to any persons with a regular academic appointment at a recognised institution of higher education – both in research and/or teaching – including those holding part time appointments. It is also open to students pursuing a research degree in public procurement at such an institution. This category of membership is not open to students pursuing taught courses, such as LLM, MSc, MBA etc, but such students may join as associate members.

Institutional membership is available for academic institutions that have a significant presence and activities in the field of public procurement regulation – for example, which have several staff researching in the area and/or provide academic programmes on public procurement. Academic institutions may add a weblink to their institutional profile but as there is no facility for institutional members to post news/events/research projects, post on the for a or send messages, individuals working or researching at these institutions should also register separately as individual members.

This category is designed for all other interested persons interested in academic work in public procurement regulation, who wish to signal their interest to the academic community. Those who might wish to register include, for example, persons working in government, industry or international organisations and also those taking taught university courses (LLM, MBA, MSc etc).  On their profile Associate Members may add a link to their website and give details of their publications; however there is no facility for associates to message other members or post information on news and events, except for the possibility outlined below.

Associate members are invited to submit to al.plan.admin@nottingham.ac.uk details of their research projects for inclusion in the Research Projects section and information on any new major articles they have published in refereed journals (but not case notes or book reviews) for posting in the News section of our website (in accordance with the limits referred to on the News page).

To join……

For more details of how to join the network and for the relevant registration forms please click on “How to join” at the top right hand corner of the home page.


The launch of the PLAN Network has been funded through the European Commission’s Asia Link Programme, as part of the project for an EU-Asia Inter-university Network for Teaching & Research in Public Procurement Regulation. The project consortium members are:

nott2University of Nottingham (consortium leader) (UK)

cbs_3cmykCopenhagen Business School (Denmark)

cufulogoCentral University of Finance and Economics (China)

um-logo2University of Malaya (Malaysia)

xjufelog2Xinjiang University of Finance and Economics (China)