HUMLOG Best theses Award

The HUMLOG Institute rewards each year one Master’s and every second year one Doctoral student who have been writing the best theses in Humanitarian Logistics.

The topic of the thesis has to relate to humanitarian logistics and supply chain management.

Nominated master's theses need to fulfill the criterion of being a "research-based master's thesis with a good grade from a recognised university". Submitted thesis have to be completed the year prior to the nomination.

Doctoral theses, to qualify for the award, need to have been finished and defended within the time frame of 2012-2018.

The call for nominations 2019 is now closed.

Thank you for the outstanding theses and congratulations to the winners!

Lisa Swinkels wins the Best HUMLOG Master Thesis Award for her thesis Frequency Determination Policies for Mobile Healthcare Delivery. Supervisors are Harwin de Vries and Luk Van Wassenhove.

Ramin Satary gets the Honorary Mention for his Master's thesis Optimization of Transport Network of Food Supplies for an international humanitarian organization. Supervisor is Irineu de Brito Junior.

Hossein Baharmand wins the Best HUMLOG Doctoral Thesis Award for his thesis Designing Flexible Relief Distribution Networks for Sudden-onset Natural Disaster Response. Supervisor is Tina Comes.

The HUMLOG Board also congratulates Tharcisio Cotta Fontainha who receives Honorary Mention for his thesis Collaboration strategies in disaster response: a framework and an application. Supervisors are Adriana Leiras and Luiz Felipe Scavarda.

The Best Master Thesis Award will take place again next year, stay tunned.


Nominations shall be done by the supervisor of the thesis and include the following:

- An extended abstract and/or executive summary in English

- A short reasoning why this masters thesis is exceptional and nominated for the award including the grade (if applicable) and an explanation of the university's grading system.

- A link to the thesis online and/or an electronic copy (scan). Paper versions are allowed but need to reach the HUMLOG Institute by the deadline.

- The contact details of the nominee and supervisor(s) (e-mail and address)

Nominations have to be sent to


The prices consists of: 

Last best Master’s theses:

YearsWinners nameWinners supervisors namesName of the theses
2019Lisa SwinkelsHarwin de Vries & Luk Van WassenhoveFrequency Determination Policies for Mobile Healthcare Delivery Read a blog
2019 Honorary mentionRamin Satary Irineu de Brito JuniorOptimization of Transport Network of Food Supplies for an international humanitarian organization

Federico Gatti

Bublu Thakur-WeigoldHelping the helpers: Evaluating the impact of logistics consulting in the humanitarian sector Read
2018 Joint runner-upKarl-Kristian StunsGraham HeaslipEvaluating the Logistics Emergency Response Unit Foundation Training of Finnish Red Cross Read
2018 Joint runner-upLisa RustemeierMaria BesiouEvaluating the Resilience of Humanitarian Supply Chains to Improve Disaster Preparedness - A System Dynamics Approach
2017Emily J. GoodingJarrod GoentzelA mixed methods approach to modeling personal protective equipment supply chains for infectious disease outbreak response Read
2016 Shared prizeCecilie Collett Sælør FonMarianne JahreLogistics activities between emergency responses : A case study of Norwegian Red Cross Read
2016 Shared prizeLauren A. SeelbachJarrod GoentzelStochastic Modeling to Allocate and Assess Disaster Response Capacity in Logistics Networks Read
2016 Honorary  MentionThomas BüelerPaulo GoncalvesPreparing Egyptian Red Crescent for the Future Read

2015 Shared prize

Julia Moline Jarrod GoentzelData-driven resource Allocation Decisions: FEMA's Desaster Recovery Centers Read

2015 Shared prize

Silvia UnedduPaulo GoncalvesSupply Chain optimization of the distribution of mosquito nets in Ivory Coast Read

Juliet Bvekwa

Paulo GoncalvesImproving CARE Zimbabwe Non Food Items Management and Accountability Read
2014 Honorary  MentionKathryn Nishimura  & Jian WangJarrod GoentzelCalculating Humanitarian Response Capacity Read


Last best Doctoral theses:

Years Winners nameWinners supervisors namesName of the theses
2019Hossein BaharmandTina ComesDesigning Flexible Relief Distribution Networks for Sudden-onset Natural Disaster Response Read
2019 Honorary mentionTharcisio Cotta FontainhaAdriana Leiras & Luiz Felipe ScavardaCollaboration strategies in disaster response: a framework and an application Read (In Portuguese)  
2017Timothy  Luke MuggyJessica L. Heier  Stamm       Quantifying and Mitigating Decentralized Decision Making in Humanitarian Logistics Systems Read
2015Miguel JallerJosé Holguin-Veras

Resource allocation problems during disasters: the cases of points of distribution planning and material convergence handling Read


Jessica Heier Stamm

Ozlem ErgunDesign and Analysis of Humanitarian and Public Health Logistics Systems Read