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Post Crisis Project & Supply Management: Towards Supply Chain Sustainability & Security in Global South Co-operative Agricultural Projects

Project overview

Agricultural and rural projects directly affect the welfare of over half of the world’s population, which is highlighted as a crucial component of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Griggs et al., 2013; UN, 2015). Such projects are highly susceptible to environmental, social, and economic challenges, especially in the Global South, where these projects and associated communities are more vulnerable to crises such as natural disasters, pandemics, and socio-economic instabilities (Dong et al., 2021), especially when facing the additional challenges caused by the recent pandemic (Wang et al., 2020). Sustainable and responsible management for complex projects are becoming increasingly crucial for future project profession (Tite et al., 2021). This research is a timely response to current global challenges. Following a systematic literature review, this research will apply a multiple-case study approach to conduct an in-depth empirical investigation of the sustainability of contemporary co-operative agricultural projects in the Global South, with robust evidence from multiple sources in China (via interview, accompanied observation, and document analysis). It will address knowledge gaps in project and supply management in sustainable agriculture contexts by adopting an interdisciplinary approach to investigate project organising and crisis management, and will form a solid foundation for future confirmatory and scaling-up research (e.g., mass survey and/or modelling). This is especially critical at a point where the Covid-19 pandemic has caused global disruptions and social and economic emergency (Wang et al., 2020; Barber et al., 2021). The research would also contribute to the call (e.g., Shepherd et al., 2018) to better facilitate agriculture-related sustainability and innovation and further investigation incorporating agile project management and organisational models.

Therefore, this research aims to conduct a novel and robust examination of post-crisis project and supply management, towards developing a framework of supply chain sustainability and security in global south co-operative agricultural projects, as closely aligned to UN SDGs 1, 2, 10, 12, and 15.


Lead researcher

Dr Hao Dong PhD, MRes

Lecturer in Ops and Project Management

Research interests

  • Agile project management
  • Digital transformation
  • Sustainable supply chains
Other researchers

Dr Nicholas Dacre PhD (Warwick), MSc, SFHEA, FAPM

Associate Professor Project Management

Research interests

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Project Management: Exploring the transformative role of AI in enhancing decision-making and efficiency within project management.
  • Agile Project Management (APM): Investigating the adaptive strategies of Agile methodologies to enhance project delivery by promoting flexibility, adaptability, and rapid response to change.
  • Innovation, Technology, & Sustainability in Complex Projects (ITS Complex): Delving into the interplay between innovation, technology, and sustainability, and how their convergence advances the management of complex projects.

Research outputs

Tomas Sparano Martins,
, 2022
Type: conference
, 2022 , Cooperation and Development - Communications of AUFE , 2022 (1)
Type: letterEditorial
Adrian R. Bailey,
F. Jia,
& Tomas Sparano Martins
, 2021 , International Food and Agribusiness Management Review , 24 (1) , 162--178
Type: article