Public Sector Social Value

  • School: Nottingham Business School
  • Starting: 2019
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / International student (non-EU) / Self-funded


Social value in public sector organisations – who owns it and who takes ownership for it? Within this project we ask questions about the fundamental ways of organising within public sector organisations that may help and/or hinder the creation of social value. Some local authorities tend to see social value as an issue specific to the procurement team only; something to consider as part of supply-chain management (akin to social procurement). Other local authorities take a more holistic view, bringing in multi-functional teams to consider how to best create social value. Ultimately, our aim is to critically review current practice and engage with practitioners in this area to develop an in-depth understanding of what works well in managing and delivering social value projects.


Allaway, B. and Brown, M. (2019) Social value in the built environment - The legal framework in the UK, In Raiden et al, Social Value in Construction, Abingdon: Taylor and Francis

Barraket, J and Loosemore, M (2018) Co-creating social value through cross-sector collaboration between social enterprises and the construction industry. Construction Management and Economics, 36(07), 394–408

Burke ,  C.   and   King ,  A.   ( 2015 )   Generating Social Value through Public Sector Construction Procurement: A Study of Local Authorities and SMEs  .  School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University:   Nottingham, UK

Petersen, D and Kadefors, A (2016) Social Procurement and Employment Requirements in Construction. In: Chan, P W (Ed.) and Neilson, C J (Ed.), Proceedings 32nd Annual ARCOM Conference, 5-7 September 2016, Manchester UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 997-1006.

Troje, D (2018) Rhetorical Strategies to Diffuse Social Procurement in Construction. In: Gorse, C (Ed.) and Neilson, C J (Ed.), Proceedings 34th Annual ARCOM Conference, 3-5 September 2018, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 505-514.


Dr Ani Raiden

Entry qualifications

An applicant for admission to read for a PhD should normally hold a first or upper second class honours degree of a UK university or an equivalent qualification, or a lower second class honours degree with a Master's degree at Merit level of a UK university or an equivalent qualification.

International students will also need to meet the English language requirements - IELTS 6.5 (with minimum sub-scores of 6.0). Applicants who have taken a higher degree at a UK university are normally exempt from the English language requirements. A research proposal (between 1,000 and a maximum of 2,000 words) must be submitted as part of the application.

For more information please visit the NTU Doctoral School – Research Degrees webpages.

How to apply

Applications are accepted all year round.

Download an application form here.
Please make sure you take a look at our application guidance notes before making your application.

Further information on how to apply can be found on this page.

Fees and funding

This is a self-funded PhD opportunity.

Guidance and support

Further information on guidance and support can be found on this page.

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