Humanitarian Logistics

Degree programs: MSc Logistics & SCM, MSc Management

Humanitarian organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) typically operate in harsh environments with limited resources. Their supply chains must be ready for deployment within 72 hours after disaster strikes, and they are also used to operate longer-term development programs. The private sector can benefit a lot from the experience of these organizations. We will analyze case studies to deepen the students’ knowledge of logistics, strategy, and decision making in humanitarian organizations.


On successful completion of this module, the students will be able to:

• understand the critical role and fundamental concepts in humanitarian logistics and SCM from a global perspective

• apply logistics and supply chain concepts and theories to practical business problems in humanitarian aid

• work effectively in a team environment and demonstrate the initiative to substantially contribute to the team effort

• demonstrate effective professional oral communications skills

• demonstrate effective professional written communications skills

• understand and assess ethical decision-making processes in humanitarian aid operations

• assess business decisions based on social and environmental considerations

Course facts

Offered byProf. Dr. Maria Besiou
ECTS credits5 Credit Points
Method of examinationWritten Assignments