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Professor Albert Sanchez-Graells awarded British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship

Press release issued: 16 May 2022

Professor Albert Sanchez-Graells, Professor of Economic Law at the University of Bristol Law School, has been awarded a prestigious British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship worth £127,125.58 to support his research on digital technologies and public procurement.

The British Academy Mid-Career Fellowships are designed both to support outstanding individual researchers with excellent research proposals, and to promote public understanding and engagement with humanities and social sciences.

The fellowship will allow Professor Sanchez-Graells to complete his OUP monograph 'Digital technologies and public procurement. Gatekeeping and experimentation in digital public governance’.

Professor Sanchez-Graells said: “I am honoured and grateful to the British Academy for their support of my ongoing research. I look forward to writing up and disseminating research on which I have been working for the past three years.”

In his monograph he uses an innovative technology-centred legal research method to explore the dual role of public procurement in controlling the interaction between public and private actors and guiding the deployment of digital technologies underpinning a new model of digital public governance.

As part of the project, Professor Sanchez-Graells will also implement an ambitious public engagement plan including eight blog posts, two media pieces, two specialist workshops, two PolicyBristol policy briefings, and an end of project public lecture.

Further information

Professor Albert Sanchez-Graells is Co-Director of the Centre for Global Law and Innovation and a Professor of Economic Law at the University of Bristol Law School. Albert specialises in EU economic law and, in particular, competition and public procurement. Albert is currently researching the impact of digital technologies such as big data, machine learning, blockchain and the internet of things on public procurement governance, as well as functionally comparing developments in GovTech, RegTech and FinTech. Albert is a former Member of the European Commission Stakeholder Expert Group on Public Procurement. Most of his working papers are available at SSRN and his analysis of current legal developments is published on his blog.

The Centre for Global Law and Innovation (CGLI) brings together scholars with an interest in drivers of innovation and global regulatory trends in law. Taking a broad and inclusive approach to innovation, the work of its members focuses on areas such as trade, procurement, investment, finance, intellectual property, information technology, regulation and health law.

The British Academy, the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences, is a funding body for research, nationally and internationally, and a forum for debate and engagement. Find out more about the 2021-22 mid-career fellowships in the British Academy's press release.

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