Relief Supply Chain Management* ( RelSCM)
Research in the project Relief Supply Chain Management (RelSCM) focuses on various aspects of disaster relief and in particular, humanitarian supply chains. The three major focus areas are 1) integration in the relief supply chain, (2) cross-agency co-opetition in disaster relief and development aid, and (3) health care supply chains in disaster relief. RelSCM is a project of the HUMLOG Institute funded by the Academy of Finland.
Food Security and Development
Food security has recently gained great interest due to the global food crisis as well as in light of disasters resulting from climate change, such as floods and droughts. While food aid serves as a temporary patch after such disasters, agricultural production is also affected in the long run, and hence, deserves more attention from a development aspect. The aim of the project is to further the understanding how the coordination of development efforts contributes to improvements in food security. The project is carried out in co-operation between the HUMLOG Institute, the Finnish Family Federation (Väestöliitto) and Tribhuvan University in Nepal, and is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland.
"Resilience in disaster relief and development supply chains - managing challenges of climate change, urbanisation and security"
Supply chain resilience has gained attention in recent years as a concept to respond to disruptions in the supply chain. Disruptions can be of operational-technical nature or also include political instability, natural disasters, and complex emergencies. Disaster relief has therefore come to embrace the concept of supply chain resilience as well. Resilience in the disaster relief and development context refers to both the overall management of Humanitarian supply chains, but also to the responsiveness to particular challenges these supply chains are exposed to. Current challenges lie in three major areas: changing climate risk, urbanisation, and security.
The project is carried out at the HUMLOG Institute at the Hanken School of Economics and is funded by the Academy of Finland. Other project participants include Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Clark University in the US, CSIR in South Africa and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, as well as the Red Cross / Red Crescent Climate Centre.