La Chimia Annamaria
School of Law University of Nottingham
Professor La Chimia’s research has been funded by the British Academy (in 2009), the BA-Leverhulme (twice, first in 2017, then in 2020) and in numerous occasions by the University of Nottingham. In 2017 Annamaria was awarded (as Co-Investigator) a multimillion AHRC-GCRF 4-year grant to conduct research on aid, procurement and marine cultural heritage in East Africa. She has taught and has been visiting professor at a range of Universities and she has acted as expert advisor in the field of procurement for numerous national and international organizations, including the World Bank, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the UK Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI), the European Commission, the NGO ActionAid, the Commonwealth Secretariat and OECD/SIGMA. In 2018 and 2020 Annamaria acted as lead international consultant for assessing the Afghanistan Procurement system following the MAPS II methodology (project financed by GIZ). She has trained procurement experts all around the world -most recently, in 2021, she has conducted training for procurement officials in the Caribbean as part of the World Bank professionalization programme.
Professor La Chimia has published extensively in the area of aid effectiveness, food security, development aid procurement and procurement by multilateral and bilateral aid donors. More recently she has conducted research on procurement reforms in Italy and on procurement and COVID-19, publishing a seminal edited collection ‘public procurement regulation in (a) crisis’ (with Arrowsmith, Butler and Yukins). Her work has featured in International and European law reviews and in international edited collections. She is the author of Tied aid and Development Aid Procurement in the framework of EU and WTO Law: the imperative for Change, published by Hart Publishing in 2013, the leading monograph on this topic and she co-editor (with Trepte) of Public Procurement and Aid Effectiveness: the Journey so far (Hart 2019). In recognition of her work on food aid she was invited, in 2015, to join the Trans-Atlantic Food Assistance Dialogue (TAFAD) a group of NGOs and Academics that conduct research on food aid and food security and that is present, as observer, at the meetings of the Food Assistance Committee.