Humanitarian Operations

A well-functioning supply chain is the main determinant of successful disaster relief and humanitarian response efforts. In this track, we welcome studies that exemplify good practices and recent improvements in the domain of the disaster response, as well as projects geared towards achieving United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Through these sessions, we aim to demonstrate how operations management and decision sciences can contribute to alleviating human suffering caused by man-made and natural disasters, as well as chronic development problems.

Possible topics on which papers can be submitted include but are not limited to:

  • humanitarian and medical assistance due to conflicts, epidemics, or disasters
  • procurement for humanitarian aid, disaster relief, and development
  • last-mile aid distribution, and aid pre-positioning
  • management of international humanitarian organizations
  • collaboration among humanitarian actors
  • cash transfer program
  • donor management and fundraising
  • performance measurement and transparency in humanitarian operations and supply chain management; information management during humanitarian crises (i.e., social media applications)
  • migration and refugee management
  • human trafficking prevention
  • humanitarian assistance in urban settings (food banks, shelters, etc.)
  • operational challenges towards achieving United Nations’s Sustainable Development Goals.

All methodologies including theoretical, conceptual, analytical, empirical; as well as case studies, experiments, ethnographies, and field studies are welcome. We also encourage workshop, tutorial, or panel discussion proposals to the track chair.