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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.

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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. Includes online resources for lecturers and students.

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];


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
  • 368 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.

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