Still some years ago, humanitarian logistics was seen as a novel and trendy field – at least in research. In practice, it is a bit more of business as unusual, agile, flexible, responsive, you name it, but still logistics.
Over time, the research buzz has stabilised a bit with dedicated conference, conference tracks, masters and doctoral programmes, and through the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management (JHLSCM). Already prior to that there have been a lot of special issues in different journals (over 10 of these since 2007). Here’s a bit of help for those just starting out in this area:
- Peter Tatham’s bibliography (which is quite frequently updated), and
- Emerald’s ListAssist (compiled and also categorised according to different topics by Ira Haavisto)
Plus a list of special issues apart from JHLSCM:
- IJPDLM: Vol.39 No.5/6/7 and Vol.40 No.8/9
- TRE: Vol.43 No.6
- IJSTM: Vol.12 No.4
- IJRAM: Vol.13 No.1 – and with a current CFP on the topic
- MRN: Vol.32 No.11
- IJPE: Vol.126 No.1 – plus articles for another one can be found in the “articles in press” section
- and other journals such as Omega and POM have special issues in their pipeline.
There are some books as well, many of which have been noted on this blog previously. No need to reinvent the wheel, rather, push the envelope :-)
That said, one cannot stress it enough that beyond looking at all the publications, humanitarian logistics research also needs to be relevant for practice. And to close the loop between practice and research, here’s a CFP for research on humanitarian logistics education and training.