PhD Studies in SCM & SR

On this page you get to know more about the PhD Programme in Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility at Hanken. Get acquainted with the structure of the studies, motivated by researcher stories and inspired by the list of topical research areas.

Those who have completed a university level Master's degree can apply to Hanken for doctoral studies. Doctoral students (i.e., doctoral researchers, PhDs) may study for the degree Doctor of Science (Economics and Business Administration) or for the degree Doctor of Philosophy.

Admission to Hanken's doctoral program takes place once a year. PhD students are admitted to the subject depending on the supervisor capacity. We recommend people with an interest in our doctoral program to investigate the supervisors' research interests and profiles via the research portal Haris or the HUMLOG Institute's website. Please contact a potential supervisor in advance.

Hanken is a member of several Finnish Graduate Schools and is involved in active collaboration with international networks and other universities. This guarantees the availability of a wide range of courses and other scholarly activities to our students. The subject also has good national and international contacts allowing active participation in on-going projects both in Finland and abroad. In fact, international research collaboration and exchange is especially encouraged as a part of PhD studies at Hanken!

  • 240 ECTS, 4 years
  • Language: English
  • Degree: Doctor of Economics and Business Administration / Doctor of Philosophy
  • Place: Helsinki

The studies leading to a PhD degree require four years of full-time study, of which approximately one year consists of course work. The thesis project constitutes the remaining part of the degree and is carried out under active supervision.

Below is a list of possible research areas which doctoral students can conduct their research in.

Humanitarian logistics
• Humanitarian logistics services
• Crisis preparedness
• Logistics for people in the move
• Humanitarian logistics in conflict and complex emergencies
• Circular economy and waste management in humanitarian logistics

Supply chain risk resilience and security
• Resilient freight transport systems
• Security of supply
• Supply chain risk management especially with regards to cascading disasters, overlapping ones, and their incident evolutions
• Medical logistics / medical supply chains

Sustainable and responsible supply chains
•  Carbon removal de-circularity
• Corporate sustainability due diligence in supply chains
• Sustainable and circular procurement
• Sustainable innovative last mile distribution
• Technologies and solutions for circular, resilient or sustainable supply chains