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Humanitarian Logistics

Humanitarian Logistics

Meeting the Challenge of Preparing For and Responding To Disasters

Peter Tatham, Martin Christopher

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

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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 third 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.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 00: Introduction [Peter Tatham and Martin Christopher];
    • Chapter - 01: Process Improvement – A Matter of Life or Death for Non-Governmental Organizations [Paul D. Larson];
    • Chapter - 02: Impacts of Funding Systems on Humanitarian Operations [Tina Wakolbinger and Fuminori Toyasaki];
    • Chapter - 03: Introducing Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) Into Humanitarian Programming [Laura Eldon and Anna Kondakhchyan];
    • Chapter - 04: Technology Meets Humanitarian Logistics – A View on Benefits and Challenges [Peter Tatham, Graham Heaslip and Karen Spens];
    • Chapter - 05: The Increasing Importance of Services in Humanitarian Logistics [Graham Heaslip];
    • Chapter - 06: An Exploration of Horizontal Supply Chain Integration for Humanitarian and Disaster Relief [Jihee Kim, Stephen Pettit, Anthony Beresford and Irina Harris];
    • Chapter - 07: Humanitarian logistics and supply chain management in Africa [Charles Mbohwa, Tatenda Chingono and Paul Buatsi];
    • Chapter - 08: An Inquiry into Public Procurement for the Civil Preparedness Space – A Case Study in Finland [Hlekiwe Kachali and Isabell Storsjö];
    • Chapter - 09: Supply chain and logistics competencies for the humanitarian logistician [Graham Heaslip, Alain Vaillancourt, Peter Tatham and Gyöngyi Kovács];
    • Chapter - 10: Application of centre-of-gravity analysis in network design for pre-positioning of emergency relief items [Gerard de Villiers];
    • Chapter - 11: Humanitarian logistics – The Functional Challenges Facing Field Offices [Ira Haavisto, Peter Tatham, Hanna-Riitta Harilainen, Cécile L’Hermitte, Magnus Larsson and Alain Vaillancourt]
    • Chapter - 12: Supply Chain Improvement at ShelterBox – A Case Study of the Application of Lean Principles and Techniques in a Disaster Relief Organisation [David Taylor and Darren Moss];
    • Chapter - 13: Emergency Management and Logistics Responsiveness – A Study of the Christchurch Earthquakes 2011 [Mark Wilson, Shaun Fogarty, Walter Glass and Paul Childerhouse];
    • Chapter - 14: What next for Humanitarian Logistics? A Practitioner’s Perspective [George Fenton and Rebecca Lewin];
    • Chapter - 15: Where next? A glimpse of the future of humanitarian logistics [Gyöngyi Kovács];


Already the third edition of this great initiative. Humanitarian Logistics is not just a gripping must-read for anyone interested in current solutions and challenges, but thanks to the perseverance of the editors, it is becoming a chronicle of developing Humanitarian Supply Chain Management practice and theory in our decade.
Martijn Blansjaar, Head of Logistics and Supply, Oxfam GB

With the needs for humanitarian aid increasing much quicker than available funding, optimizing preparedness and disaster response is the only way forward. The chapters of this book approach this topic in a holistic way by looking at different angles like technology, services, supply chain integration and skills.
Maria Besiou, Professor of Humanitarian Logistics, Kuhne Logistics University

This newest edition of Humanitarian Logistics represents succinctly and effectively the current thinking at the leading edge in humanitarian logistics and supply chain management. I always look forward to work by either Martin Christopher and Peter Tatham because in these scholars you see the working of leading researchers in this area, researchers who can effectively blend theory and practice. This book is another example of their mastery of this skill. Highly recommended.
Steven A. Melnyk, Professor of Supply Chain Management, Michigan State University

Humanitarian Logistics by Tatham and Christopher has been a staple in my managing humanitarian supply chain courses. Its coverage is current, relevant and in-depth. Arguably the best book on humanitarian logistics in the market.
Nezih Altay, Co-editor, Journal of Humanitarian Logistics & Supply Chain Management

This book is another milestone in the establishment of humanitarian logistics an an academic discipline. The mix of theoretical development, tools applications and case studies is a must read for any person involved in humanitarian logistics. The humanitarian challenges are ever changing and this book provides the necessary reference.
Ruth Banomyong, Associate Professor and Head, Department of International Business, Logistics and Transport Management, Thammasat University

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749481445
  • Edition: 3
  • Published: 3rd May 2018
  • Paperback
  • Format: 233x157
  • 376 pages

About the Author

Professor Peter Tatham is a leading international researcher in the field of humanitarian logistics, and is the 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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