Category Archives: Call for papers

A playful approach to SCM – CFP on games in humanitarian logistics

This is one of the most exciting CFPs I ever worked with – one on “Games for Learning and Dialogue in Humanitarian Logistics“. Whether you are into board games, role games, video games, apps, serious games or business simulations, this is something to you. Start developing and testing games in humanitarian logistics! Who knows, perhaps some day boardgamegeek, metacritic, or gamerankings will pick up the discussion from here – but first it is time to write an academic article – or at least time to play with the idea🙂


Crazy ideas

Up for sthg radical and even crazy? Well, at least the Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment claims to be up for it through their call for a “crazy ideas edition“. It all starts with

Premise 1: Economic growth is unsustainable.

and even allows authors to suggest pseudonyms if they for some reason cannot stand behind their own thoughts. From the research perspective, the call is for nothing less than a paradigm shift.


JHLSCM seeking Africa regional editor

The Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management is expanding its editorial team and is looking for an Africa regional editor. More specifications to be found here, application deadline Sep 30, 2012.

On that note, there is a current CFP on “Humanitarian logistics education and training” with the same deadline – so if you work with training and/or education in this field, send a paper to the special issue!


Humanitarian logistics articles and other resources

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.


Gerontology meets transportation research

…at a conference on “aging, mobility and quality of life“. Couldn’t be more timely with all the discussion about ageing populations in quite some parts of the Northern hemisphere. Here in Finland the debate goes as far as to question our standard of living in the future due to population ageing. Somewhat related to such population trends (and the mainstream cluster discourse), Nikodemus Solitander just questioned why Finland would want to attract more knowledge workers given its overeducated population where one cannot find enough plumbers, construction workers, bus drivers and cashiers…

But back to transportation research, the conference reminds of some of the gender projects in transportation, e.g. of the World Bank, the European Commission, UNEP, ADB, IFRTD and alls sorts of other lovely acronym organisations. There is even a community of practice for people working in this field. Not as if these problems would have been resolved – far from it! – but it is time to take on also age discrimination as well as different mobility patterns on the research agenda.



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There are so many service management-related conferences, workshops, even PhD positions nowadays that it even led to alliances. Here is a newsletter with all sorts of news, links and calls for papers.

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First issue of JHLSCM now online

Following up on its announcement, the first number of the brand new Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management is finally out – follow this link!

And the next one’s already in the publication process🙂


PS edited 3.6. – the journal has a free access period right now, check it out!