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Here you can find the latest news from the HUMLOG Institute, including current and coming events. Stay tuned!

The HUMLOG Challenge

Global Business School Network and the HUMLOG Institute have worked together to bring students an interdisciplinary, team-oriented, interactive digital competition experience, that drives solution development in their local communities. We are moving beyond the traditional competition and allowing for absolute creativity and exploration for sustainable humanitarian solutions. Throughout the month of October, teams will work through checkpoints. The Student Track will also offer teams access to professional development workshops and webinars focused on careers and learning. The HUMLOG Institutes very own Gyöngyi Kovács is the head of the jury.

“We hope you, as participants, are inspired and implement much-needed change in your local communities”

In partnership with Localized, all participating teams will have access to participate in employment development opportunities such as a two-day virtual career fair. Students will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with potential employers across various industries from across the globe. All teams will have the opportunity to showcase their work in a Virtual Presentation Hall. This opportunity allows for networking, idea development, and unique presentations that can both spark interest and create investment in the ideas.

The winning team will be offered a 5,000 USD prize to be used towards their continuing education. Top FIVE teams will be offered a one hour professional mentoring session from one of our judges.

Read more about the challenge here!


HUMLOG MOOC ‘Introduction to Humanitarian Logistics’ was a success!

1364 people from 120 countries joined our Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).
61% of the participants told that the course was better than they expected and 37% said that it met their expectations. We would like to thank everyone who participated and inform that this course will be offered in the future as well! More details on that will follow later.our

Rise in e-commerce during corona crisis has revealed the need for sustainable choices for last mile deliveries

last mile delivery

Due to a rise in e-commerce and urbanization there is a rapid increase in last mile deliveries in the Nordic countries and internationally. This pace may increase due to the Corona crisis where many choose to shop on-line in order to avoid crowds.

In a few years, last mile deliveries may impose a considerable problem for cities where activities are already competing for space. The last mile is often the most inefficient, costly, and emission intensive part of the transport chain. The negative effects of transport (emissions, congestion and accidents) become critical in cities where people live and work.

The research project Innovative sustainable urban last mile: small vehicles and business models (i-SMILE) develops an innovation platform for upscaling sustainable business models for urban last mile deliveries.

– Our project will try to identify the drivers for making sustainable choices in last mile deliveries, and propose innovative business models. We look at it from various perspectives:  consumers, shippers and logistics service providers, as well as municipalities. We are also interested in  how sustainability is established through interaction in the delivery system, says Anna Aminoff, Assistant Professor in Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility at Hanken..

To meet the growing demand for logistic services due to e-commerce, the project will further investigate the use of light electric freight vehicles (LEFVs) and automatised delivery vehicles in last-mile deliveries.

– Presently, several logistics service providers test LEFVs in urban last-mile deliveries. They search for sustainable business models and ways of upscaling the use of these vehicles. One major, outstanding question is, however, what type of LEFV is optimal for transporting which freight flows, Aminoff comments.

The Nordic research consortium brings together multidisciplinary competences including businesses and research institutes from Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The three-year project is partly funded by Nordic Innovation and has a total budget of 750 000 EUR (Hanken’s part 145 000 EUR).

Key Partners:

Hanken School of Economics, Finland
VTI, Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Sweden
TÖI, Institute of Transport Economics, Norway
CBS, Copenhagen Business School, Danmark

Corporate partners: 

DHL Express
Amedia Distribusjon
CoReorient Oy
AtoB Finland Oy
Seulo palvelut/ Kauppahalli 24


Anna Aminoff, Hanken
Niklas Arvidsson, VTI
Sidsel Ahlmann Jensen, TOI
Britta Gammelgaard, CBS


Academy of Finland funds HUMLOG Institute’s research project related to COVID-19


HUMLOG Institute’s research project Cash and/or Carry: The challenges and modalities of delivery in Covid-19 crisis has been selected in the special call for research into Covid-19 by the Academy of Finland.

The aim of the research project is to analyse the aid delivery mechanisms in complex emergencies, especially in responding to the global Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic has caused disruptions throughout the supply chain, resulting in short-term solutions, use of extra resources, and redesign of processes to implement social distancing measures. The project will address changes implemented in the supply chain, especially in-store and in the last mile delivery.

– The project will examine solutions developed in the immediate response phase, especially additional resources used, such as volunteers or military, review technology-based solutions that are used, and changes in processes, with a focus on best practices, says project leader Wojciech Piotrowicz, Director of the HUMLOG Institute and Associate Professor in Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility.

The Academy of Finland wanted to fast-track a special funding opportunity to support and accelerate research into the Covid-19 epidemic and the HUMLOG research project received 200 000 EUR from this grant.

This project complements the new EU H2020 project, HERoS, Health Emergency Response in Interconnected Systems, also a Covid-19 research project, co-ordinated by the HUMLOG Institute. While HERoS focuses on disruptions in medical supply chains, this project focuses on retail.

More information:

Wojciech Piotrowicz
Director of the HUMLOG Institute


HUMLOG Best theses Award 2020: the results are out! Congratulations to all on the good work! All the information here.

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.


An Equitable, Inclusive and Environmentally Sound Circular Economy -- Post-COVID

We invite you to join an open forum on how to plan for a Circular Economy transition that is equitable, inclusive and more environmentally sound – especially with respect to climate change in a post Covid -19 World.

When: May 13, Wednesday, 2020 at 15:00 GMT+2 (~90-120 minutes)


As the COVID-19 pandemic touches every aspect of modern society, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the slowdowns and shutdowns may inadvertently enable us to shape a new conception of prosperity and good livelihood. Points of departure for this conversation include:

•             Planetary Thinking: Climate Action and the Circular Economy

•             Technology for/against the Circular Economy

•             Whose Circular Economy? Equity, Diversity, and Social Justice


NOTE: The Forum will be recorded via both Zoom and a YouTube Livestream; your registration for this Forum indicates your consent to be recorded. The recording will be available to both the organizers as well as registered participants, to facilitate coordination on next steps for publications or proposals that might emerge from this conversation.

On behalf of Future Earth, The Greening of Industry Network, International Forum on Sustainable Value Chains, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the HUMLOG Institute


The HUMLOG Institute at Hanken School of Economics is the co-ordinator of the Horizon 2020 research project Health Emergency Response in Interconnected Systems (HERoS) in connection to the present corona virus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The HUMLOG Institute will contribute to the project with its research and training expertise in the areas of humanitarian logistics and supply chain management, including medical logistics, and the evaluation of supply chain disruptions.

”We at the HUMLOG Institute are very excited about this project and are looking forward to conducting research with immediate value to the incredible health care responders and humanitarian organisations working with this right now. As always, research with a measurable benefit to people requiring assistance is at the core of any project we do”, says Gyöngyi Kovács, professor and principal investigator for the research project.

The project involves 11 partners from six countries and has a total budget of 2,8 MEUR over three years starting in April 2020.

Visit HERoS official website here


HUMLOG MOOC ‘Introduction to Humanitarian Logistics’ started 6th of April 2020!



It is a 2-week course where participants can understand the fundamentals of humanitarian logistics and discover supply chain management in a humanitarian context. The course has been developed by HUMLOG Institute at Hanken. The lead educators are Gyöngyi KovácsDiego Vega Bernal and Graham Heaslip.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) will be going live this spring on the social learning platform Future Learn, with millions of users around the world. The courses are open for anyone and everyone around the world.

Join course for free


HUMLOG and World Humanitarian Forum have signed a partnership agreement

World Humanitarian Forum Partnership Logo

HUMLOG is excited to work with the Forum, which aim is to provide an international platform for the world’s humanitarian community, leaders, NGOs and private sector. The event in London, April 2020 (rescheduled to May 2021 due to COVID-19 outbreak) has a wide portfolio of events, nine thematic theatres, three dedicated exhibitions, two conferences, roundtables, workshops and high-level forums.

There will be three side events at the Forum: Aid&Trade brings together major stakeholders working across the Global Aid and the International Development Industry. The International Disaster Management Exhibition (IDME) is an international platform for the world’s disaster management and response community to exchange science, policy, and best practice. Emergency Show London features advancements in products and services for procurement across the Emergency and Blue Light sectors.

HUMLOG is looking forward to disseminate research and learn about current issues in the field and to assure that our research has practical relevance. As we are working with humanitarian organisations, the World Humanitarian Forum will help us establish new relationships as well as strengthen current ones.