Supply Chains in a Changing World

24.7.2022 By Dr. Sarah Schiffling Reflections from Dr. Sarah Schiffling after her visit as a guest researcher with the HUMLOG Institute. Dr. Schiffling spent spring 2022 in Helsinki, working, ideating, and collaborating with HUMLOG Institute researchers, PhD students, and professors. Supply chains are like the wifi – nobody thinks about them until there is a […]

Ukraine Crisis: why you should donate for humanitarian logistics in the construction sector rather than sending supplies.

6.7.2022 By Dr. Bashar Khoury Humanitarian logistician with Syrian Operations Humanitarian logistics in the construction logistics sector, or Humanitarian Construction Logistics (HCL), comprises the planning, the coordination, and the supervision of material flow to, within, and from construction-sites. The Humanitarian Construction Logistics (HCL) approach aims to promote the benefits of good logistics and supply chain […]

HUMLOG Institute’s activities related to the War in Ukraine

13.4.2022 By Mimmi Pöysti Research Coordinator at the Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research (HUMLOG) Institute at Hanken School of Economics As a research institute with extensive knowledge in humanitarian response, refugee crises, crisis preparedness, conflict, shelter, supply chains and cash modalities in humanitarian aid, the HUMLOG Institute has been busy since the beginning of […]

The Logistical Impact of not putting oneself in another’s shoes

16.03.2022 By Mimmi Pöysti Project Coordinator at the Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research (HUMLOG) Institute at Hanken School of Economics Two weeks ago, Hanken held a seminar titled “Ukraine – why help with cash instead of goods?”. The purposes of this event were twofold: to raise awareness about the humanitarian supply chain issue that […]

The DigCBA project: Responsible Use of Digital Cash-Based Assistance in Refugee Crises

16.12.2021 By Amin Maghsoudi Postdoctoral Researcher at the Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research (HUMLOG) Institute at Hanken School of Economics. The number of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) is in the rise with the record of 82.4 million in 2020 according to UNHCR. This means that there is more need of assistance to […]

An overview of the complexity, constraints, and evolution of MSF global supply chain operations – A personal decade-based opinion

01.11.2021 By Diego Flores MSF Head of Mission and International HUMLOG Institute practitioner fellow.  I started working for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) almost accidentally in May 2011, at the Head Quarters of the Barcelona Operational Center (one of the six OCs nowadays active). Back then, I was still a young Industrial Engineer with less than […]

Evaluating the Promotion of Innovation in NGOs

28.7.2021 By Charlotte Girardin The HUMLOG Institute’s Board Award Master’s Theses winner 2021 I’m Charlotte Girardin, a recent M.Sc. graduate from ETH Zurich with a background in mechanical engineering and a specialization in supply chain management and operations research. During my studies I learned a lot about improvement and innovation techniques, such as the Lean […]

Why does the People Factor matter in humanitarian operations?

15.7.2021 By Dr. Motjaba Salem The HUMLOG Institute’s Board Award Doctoral Honorary mention 2021. During 2020-2021, multiple waves of the infectious Coronavirus stormed across Europe, Asia, Latin American, and Africa as the government authorities and aid workers scrambled to contain the outbreak. In parallel, conflicts across the world have forcibly displaced millions from their homes. […]

The success of Humanitarian supply chains

07.07.2021 By Dr. Hella Abidi The HUMLOG Insitute’s Board Award Doctoral Theses winner 2021 Which logistics, storage and transport processes have an impact on the supply chains of humanitarian organization? This question is the focus of the research visit at ‘Médecins Sans Frontières in Zimbabwe by Dr. Hella Abidi. Because understanding the processes and organizational […]

COVID-19 vaccine patents: to waive or not to waive?

07.05.2021 Nari Lee and Gyöngyi Kovács Intellectual property law has never been far from the international politics. With pandemic raging still in 2021 and the rise of vaccine nationalism, political economy forces us to re-assess system of exclusive rights in international trade agreements. Already contested balancing the incentive for research through exclusive rights and the […]