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Dr Miriam Mbah

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Professional biography

Dr Miriam Mbah is a Lecturer at the Open University. She joined OU Law School in September 2020 from Bangor University, where she worked as a part-time Lecturer and gained her doctoral qualification in Public Procurement Law. In addition to this academic qualification,  she completed the Legal Practice Course with BPP Manchester in 2018,  attained her LLM in Public Procurement Law and Strategy in 2017 and an LLB Law with Criminology in 2015 at Bangor University.  She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education in 2019. She was nominated in the Bangor University Staff, and Student-led Awards as the Postgraduate Teacher of the year and was the welcome week coordinator from August 2018 to June 2020.

Research interests

Dr Mbah’s research interest is in international and national Public Procurement Law, with a particular focus on sustainable procurement.  She also has an interest in European Union Law, Human Rights Law and international law. Dr Mbah welcomes PhD supervision in these fields.

Dr Mbah’s doctoral studies titled: ‘Addressing Human Trafficking through Public Procurement: An Examination of US and Australia Federal Procurement Frameworks’ examined the procurement frameworks of the selected countries in preventing and mitigating trafficking practices within their supply chains. The thesis also outlined the limitations to the Framework’s anti-trafficking provisions and provided a comprehensive recommendation to the selected countries.

 

Publications

  • M Mbah, Addressing Human Trafficking Through Public Procurement: An Examination of US and Australian Federal Procurement Frameworks (PhD Thesis, 2020).
  • Mbah Miriam, ‘Judicial interpretation of the notion of ‘grave professional misconduct’ in public procurement: Lessons for contracting authorities and suppliers’ (2017) European School of Law Journal, 1-15.
  • Mbah Miriam, ‘When Two Becomes One’ (Procurement Week 2017, London, December 2016)

Teaching interests

Dr Mbah has a strong commitment to delivering excellence in teaching and learning and does so with passion and enthusiasm. At OU Law School, she is currently involved in the teaching of the following modules:

Undergraduate teaching

  • W330 European Union Law

Postgraduate teaching

  • W821 Exploring the boundaries of international law
  • W822 Business, human rights law and corporate social responsibility

External collaborations

Dr Mbah has collaborated with external colleagues in projects financed by the World Bank Group, Inter-America Development Bank and the European Union. Her consultancy experience expands to individual countries such as Nigeria, Bahamas, Barbados, Ghana, Vietnam, Bangladesh and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.  She regularly seeks donor consultancy opportunities and is working with a consultancy consortium led by HelpUsTrade Ltd in bidding for projects.  Some of the recent projects Miriam has completed includes:

  • Affinity - Virtual Reality Hate Crime Training' Project,  UK Police force, 2020: The delivery of immersive Virtual Reality (VR) training programme to radically transform the operational performance of over 2000 front-line police officers on a topic of national importance.
  • Institutional Development and Procurement Training2019 – 2020: As part of this project, Miriam developed a procurement competency framework which outlined competencies, performance and organisational drivers that would enhance the efficient and effective delivery of procurement by procurement professionals across the country. Furthermore, Miriam led various training of trainers sessions that would enable Afghanistan procurement trainers to improve and transform their delivery of training materials to procurement professionals in the country. 
  • Curriculum and training materials development, 2018: The project centred on developing a national public procurement training capacity-building programme to train over 10,000 civil servants over a 5-year period.
  • Public Procurement Competency and Skills Framework 2020 - 2017. Working under the supervision of the lead consultant in various projects, Miriam has been responsible for developing the Procurement Competency and Skills Framework for three countries.