Parliamentary Fellow explores social procurement

Fellow webstory3The benefits of social procurement will be investigated by Maria Mupanemunda, the 2019 Victorian Parliamentary Library Fellow.

The fellowship is an annual research position that aims to advance parliamentary knowledge on an issue of growing political or public importance.

A focus for Ms Mupanemunda’s research will be the way in which social procurement facilitates inclusive employment for jobseekers dealing with various forms of labour market disadvantage.

“Social procurement doesn’t just provide social benefits, it’s also good for business,” said President of the Legislative Council Shaun Leane.

“When opportunities, jobs and economic benefits flow to those who need it most, we all win. So, it’s important that our Parliament contributes to a better understanding of social procurement in our state,” he said.

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Ms Mupanemunda is from the Research and Policy Centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence where she conducts research on inclusive employment and economic security. She has a Master of Social Policy from the University of Melbourne.

Ms Mupanemunda will access the Parliamentary Library’s digital and historical collections, specialist databases and intranet to inform her research. She will publish four research papers over the course of her fellowship which will culminate in a social procurement briefing seminar for Members of Parliament in mid-2020.

“The library fellowship provides academics, scholars, PhD students and post-doctoral candidates with an opportunity to contribute to the development of public policy through research,” said Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Colin Brooks.

At the same time, it gives MPs and staff access to the latest research and ideas on issues that matter to their constituents,” he said.

The research for this fellowship is part of a broader partnership between the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Outlook Vic and McAuley Community Services for Women.


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