Engineering Logistics

Faculty of Engineering, LTH

MTTN45 Humanitarian logistics

Welcome to the course in Humanitarian Logistics!

Since the Asian Pacific Tsunami in 2004, humanitarian logistics/SCM  is receiving continuously more attention in research and practice. The course will give students fundamental and advanced knowledge about the design, management and measurement of supply chains in the humanitarian context with focus on disaster preparedness and response. The scope of the course is to provide an overview of the specific context of humanitarian logistics and a set of important available concepts, models and tools. The course will furnish an understanding of the important role of logistics and SCM in the humanitarian context. It will also convey the knowledge and skills to methodically analyze needs, and consequently to design, manage and measure the supply chain. The course is partly developed together with practitioners who have experience from many big operations during the past 15 years and is taught in English in an interactive style providing 'hands-on' knowledge of SCM in disaster response.  

You would want to take this course for several reasons:

  • You want to work abroad in challenging contexts
  • The humanitarian world needs good logisticians
  • You meet teachers who practiced as logisticians in the Tsunami, Pakistan, Haiti,..
  • It is an interactive course with lectures and case discussions
  • No exam, but project task to be handed in at end of course
  • ….you’d like to do something different –
  • students really liked the course last year

It is very good, not only in this lecture but in all lectures we've had during this course, that the lecturers really try to understand what the students' problems and questions are and then answer these very good, which gives us deeper insights.

This was really challenging and fun! To drive the case on our own and be responsible for requesting the right information.

This was the best module of them all, the learning experience was large and the exercise was really challenging and made you think and try to work together.

I have knowledge in all these areas for normal condition logistics but it differs a lot for disaster logistics.

So far in this course I think every part is useful and interesting and can't really say a part that i find less useful.


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About the course

Credits: 7,5
Course period: 2, 2015
Course coordination: Joakim Kembro

Course description 2015

General information


Here you find readings for uploading which are difficult to find elsewhere: Beiser 2010; Majewski et al.2010; Jahre and Heigh 2008; Persson 1995; Jahre 2010; Jahre et al. 2012. Other required readings you are expected to find yourself.

In case you would like more academic reading on humanitarian logistics, I attach a bibliography here compiled by Peter Tatham, researcher in humanitarian logistics. It is not quite updated and you may want to search for additional literature for case assignment 1.