About us

Who are we? What are our goals? What are we doing? Which expertise can we provide? Find all those answers in this section!

The HUMLOG Institute acts as a focal point for researchers and partly for practitioners in Humanitarian Logistics to conduct high-quality research on logistics and supply chain management in humanitarian and development context. It is a joint institute between Hanken School of Economics and National Defence University of Finland (NDU). Our aim is to conduct empirically grounded research in the area of humanitarian logistics, specifically within disaster preparedness, response, and recovery with the intention of influencing future activities in a way that will provide measurable benefits to persons requiring assistance. Our activities are organised around four main activities:

  • Research, ranging from individual research projects such as a doctoral dissertation to consortium projects with partners;
  • Education, through Master’s and PhD program;
  • Customised trainings, in partnership with practitioners;
  • Communication, dissemination and exchange of knowledge, via events and seminars, our Blog and academic publications. Our team is also specially involved in publishing the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

We believe in synergistic collaboration and partnerships to achieve the aims we have set out and therefore work closely with large number of partners. We are involved and want to be involved in projects with representation of the academic community, the practitioners from humanitarian community and also civil society depending on the specificities of the project. Our expertise is that we go in- depth into challenges and together with our partners produce research outcomes, which are beneficial to people in need and are usable in practice in daily life.

“I think the work done at the HUMLOG Institute is really important. It is not only about doing research itself but actually through doing the research that matters.” Karen Spens, Rector of HANKEN School of Economics