Humanitarian Logistics: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing For and Responding To Disasters, Third edition

  • 6h 41m
  • Martin Christopher, Peter Tatham
  • Kogan Page
  • 2018

Effective logistics play a critical role in disaster preparation and response, but how can those working in this field deliver in environments which are often dangerous and unstable? Humanitarian Logistics provides thought-provoking guidance and discussion of the core issues facing practitioners involved in managing the logistics of disaster relief. With insights from academics and practitioners who have worked in these situations, this multi-contributed book offers suggestions for best practice and international perspectives on the nature of the humanitarian logistics challenge.

Now in its third edition, Humanitarian Logistics is fully updated and contains new chapters on providing support for complex emergencies, waste management and reverse logistics, the application of value stream analysis and the potential of new technologies such as 3D printing, cash transfer programmes and drones. With a particular focus on pre-disaster preparation and inter-agency cooperation, this book is essential reading for anyone who needs to understand how to respond effectively during a disaster or crisis. Includes online resources for lecturers and students.

About the Authors

Prof. Martin Christopher has worked in logistics education and research for 40 years and previously headed the department of Demand Chain Management at Cranfield University.

Dr. Peter Tatham is a leading international researcher in the field of humanitarian logistics and a Senior Lecturer in Logistics and Supply Network Management at Griffith University in Australia. He previously taught Defense Logistics at Cranfield University.

In this Book

  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • Process Improvement—A Matter of Life or Death for Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Impacts of Funding Systems on Humanitarian Operations
  • Introducing Information Communication Technologies into Humanitarian Programming
  • Technology Meets Humanitarian Logistics—A View on Benefits and Challenges
  • The Increasing Importance of Services in Humanitarian Logistics
  • An Exploration of Horizontal Supply Chain Integration for Humanitarian and Disaster Relief
  • Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management in Africa
  • An Inquiry into Public Procurement for the Civil Preparedness Space—A Case Study in Finland
  • Supply Chain and Logistics Competencies for the Humanitarian Logistician
  • Application of Centre-of-Gravity Analysis in Network Design for Pre-Positioning of Emergency Relief Items
  • Humanitarian Logistics – The Functional Challenges Facing Field Offices
  • Supply Chain Improvement at ShelterBox—A Case Study of the Application of Lean Principles and Techniques in a Disaster Relief Organization
  • Emergency Management and Logistics Responsiveness—A Study of the Christchurch Earthquakes, 2011
  • What Next for Humanitarian Logistics?—A Practitioner’s Perspective
  • Where Next?—A Glimpse of the Future of Humanitarian Logistics