Advances in Managing Humanitarian Operations

  • Christopher W. Zobel
  • Nezih Altay
  • Mark P. Haselkorn

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Christopher W. Zobel, Nezih Altay, Mark P. Haselkorn
    Pages 1-7
  3. José Holguín-Veras, Miguel Jaller, Felipe Aros-Vera, Johanna Amaya, Trilce Encarnación, Tricia Wachtendorf
    Pages 33-57
  4. Graham Heaslip, Ira Haavisto, Gyöngyi Kovács
    Pages 59-78
  5. Laura Rock Kopczak, Gregory Matthews
    Pages 79-109
  6. Sara Hasani, Ramzi El-Haddadeh, Emel Aktas
    Pages 111-133
  7. Rebecca Walton, Robin Mays, Mark Haselkorn
    Pages 135-157
  8. Cigdem Gonul Kochan, Shailesh S. Kulkarni, David R. Nowicki
    Pages 185-204
  9. Catherine Decouttere, Nico Vandaele, Stef Lemmens, Mauro Bernuzzi
    Pages 205-227
  10. Irem Sengul Orgut, Luther G. Brock III, Lauren Berrings Davis, Julie Simmons Ivy, Steven Jiang, Shona D. Morgan et al.
    Pages 229-256
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 281-283

About this book


This volume provides a survey of current research problems and results in humanitarian operations research.  Additionally, it discusses existing applications of humanitarian operations research, and considers new research efforts that clearly extend existing research and applications.The book is divided into three sections that provide an overview of the subject, a look at the theory, and an examination of applications.

The overview section presents chapters on modeling approaches and metrics to evaluate nonprofit operations; chief findings of fieldwork research in disaster response logistics;the use of cash as a form of relief; and measuring markets that supply cash-based humanitarian interventions.

The theory section includes chapters that examine the partner proliferation problem in disaster response networks; a case study of humanitarian logistics that examines how humanitarian culture informs change adoption; and a look at the current state of the art for information visibility in humanitarian operations.

Finally, the application section focuses on blood products, vaccines, and food assistance, with individual chapters on efficient inventorying and distribution of blood products during disasters; a detailed look at modeling in the context of the vaccine supply chain; a framework for achieving equity, effectiveness, and efficiency in food bank operations; and a spatio-temporal vulnerability assessment of the resilience of a population affected by sudden lack of food.


Civil-Military Coordination Community Aid Development Aid Disaster Relief Humanitarian Operations Service Operations

Editors and affiliations

  • Christopher W. Zobel
    • 1
  • Nezih Altay
    • 2
  • Mark P. Haselkorn
    • 3
  1. 1.BIT DepartmentVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.Department of ManagementDePaul UniversityChicagoUSA
  3. 3.HCDE DepartmentUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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