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Humanitarian and Relief Logistics

Research Issues, Case Studies and Future Trends

  • Vasileios Zeimpekis
  • Soumia Ichoua
  • Ioannis Minis

Part of the Operations Research/Computer Science Interfaces Series book series (ORCS, volume 54)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Monia Rekik, Angel Ruiz, Jacques Renaud, Djamel Berkoune, Sébastien Paquet
    Pages 1-20
  3. Ananth Krishnamurthy, Debjit Roy, Sanket Bhat
    Pages 21-41
  4. N.P. Rachaniotis, T. Dasaklis, C.P. Pappis, L.N. van Wassenhove
    Pages 43-57
  5. Tobias Andersson Granberg
    Pages 59-75
  6. Samir Sebbah, Abdeslem Boukhtouta, Jean Berger, Ahmed Ghanmi
    Pages 77-110
  7. A. S. Xanthopoulos, D. E. Koulouriotis
    Pages 167-182
  8. Ratih Dyah Kusumastuti, Sigit S. Wibowo, Rizqiah Insanita
    Pages 183-205
  9. Eiichi Taniguchi, Russell G. Thompson
    Pages 207-218
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 219-220

About this book


This edited volume highlights recent research advances in humanitarian relief logistics. The contributed chapters span the spectrum of key issues and activities from preparedness to mitigation operations (response), planning and execution. The volume also presents state-of-the-art methods and systems through current case studies.

Significant issues in planning and execution of humanitarian relief logistics discussed in this volume include the following:

• Approaches that tackle realistic relief distribution networks. In addition to large-scale computing issues, heuristics may handle the complexity and particularities of humanitarian supply chains
• Methods that integrate real-time information while effectively coping with time pressure and uncertainty, both of which are inherent to a disaster scene
• Judicious recourse strategies that allow a quick and effective restoration of pre-planned solutions whenever an unpredictable event occurs
• Coordination of multiple parties that are often involved in managing a disaster, including NGOs, local, state and federal agencies.

This volume provides robust evidence that research in humanitarian logistics may lead to substantial improvements in effectiveness and efficiency of disaster relief operations. This is quite encouraging, since the unique characteristics of disaster scenes provide significant opportunities for researchers to investigate novel approaches contributing to logistics research  while offering a significant service to society.


Disaster Response Humanitarian Logistics Operations Research Preparedness Strategies Relief Distribution Relief Logistics

Editors and affiliations

  • Vasileios Zeimpekis
    • 1
  • Soumia Ichoua
    • 2
  • Ioannis Minis
    • 3
  1. 1., Department of FMEUniversity of the AegeanChiosGreece
  2. 2., College of BusinessEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityDaytona BeachUSA
  3. 3., Department of FMEUniversity of the AegeanChiosGreece

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