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Humanitarian Logistics

Humanitarian Logistics

Meeting the Challenge of Preparing For and Responding To Disasters

Peter Tatham, Martin Christopher


Gain insights into the key issues faced by humanitarian logistics practitioners with suggestions for best practice from world-leading experts and academics.

Available to pre-order from 3rd February 2018
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About the book

Effective logistics play a critical role in disaster preparation and response, but how can those working in this field deliver in environments which are often dangerous and unstable? Humanitarian Logistics provides thought-provoking guidance and discussion of the core issues facing practitioners involved in managing the logistics of disaster relief. With insights from academics and practitioners who have worked in these situations, this multi-contributed book offers suggestions for best practice and international perspectives on the nature of the humanitarian logistics challenge.

Now in its 3rd edition, Humanitarian Logistics is fully updated and contains new chapters on providing support for complex emergencies, waste management and reverse logistics, the application of value stream analysis and the potential of new technologies such as 3D printing, cash transfer programmes and drones. With a particular focus on pre-disaster preparation and inter-agency cooperation, this book is essential reading for anyone who needs to understand how to respond effectively during a disaster or crisis. Includes online resources for lecturers and students.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 00: Introduction;
    • Chapter - 01: Risky Business – What Humanitarians Can Learn from Business Logisticians and Vice Versa;
    • Chapter - 02: Impacts of Funding Systems on Humanitarian Operations;
    • Chapter - 03: The Importance of Information Technology in Humanitarian Supply Chains – Opportunities and Challenges in the HELIOS project;
    • Chapter - 04: New Technologies;
    • Chapter - 05: Humanitarian Logistics and the Cluster Approach – Global Shifts and the US Perspective;
    • Chapter - 06: The Increasing Importance of Services in Humanitarian Logistics;
    • Chapter - 07: TBC;
    • Chapter - 08: The Journey to Humanitarian Supply Network Management – An African Perspective;
    • Chapter - 09: The Challenge of Waste Management and Reverse Logistics;
    • Chapter - 10: Skills for Humanitarian Logistics;
    • Chapter - 11: A Practitioner’s Perspective;
    • Chapter - 12: Humanitarian Logistics in Support of Complex Emergencies;
    • Chapter - 13: The Application of Value Stream Analysis to the Humanitarian Context;
    • Chapter - 14: So Where Next? Developments in Humanitarian Logistics


This astute volume of essays should be compulsory reading for every person preparing to deploy into the humanitarian space. This rewrite is so comprehensive that even those who have read the first edition will benefit immensely from studying this book.
Steve O’Keefe, Operations Manager - Bulk Haulage, Mountain Industries (praise for second edition)

This book lays the foundation for commercial and humanitarian sectors to learn from and assist each other as they struggle to manage logistical uncertainty.
Kelly Barner, Buyers Meeting Point (praise for second edition)

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749481445
  • Edition: 3
  • Published: 3rd May 2018
  • Paperback
  • Format: 234x156
  • 320 pages

About the Author

Professor Peter Tatham is a leading international researcher in the field of humanitarian logistics, and is the Deputy Head of the Department of International Business and Asian Studies at Griffith Business School, Queensland, Australia.

Martin Christopher is Emeritus Professor of Marketing and Logistics at Cranfield University, UK. His work in the field of logistics and supply chain management has gained international recognition. He is a regular contributor to conferences and workshops around the world.

Peter Tatham

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