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Sustainability across the Supply Chain: PPE and Public Sector Procurement amidst a Pandemic

Research project
Active research
Project size
691 500
Project period
2022 - 2023
Project owner
Unit for Human Geography, Department of Economy and Society

Short description

Multiple media reports have highlighted the wastage and throwaway culture associated with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), making it appropriate to investigate the sustainability agenda for public procurememt amidst a pandemic.


Our aim is to carry out a preliminary study the supply chain: First, map protocols in place in Sweden with regards to public sector procurement practices to guarantee sustainability; secondly, how suppliers manufacturing PPE prioritize adherence to sustainability registers.  In this proposed research project, we want to begin to explore these connections as a stepping stone to appreciate commitments to SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) around sustainable consumption and production (SDG 12) and climate actions (SDG 13) – and the extent to which public procurement processes was managed during a pandemic. We will illustrate using PPE, given its ubiquity in the contemporary world – and especially in the medical field for its usefulness to manage a public health crisis.


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Research brief, August 2022

Research brief (pdf)