An analysis of the literature on humanitarian logistics and supply chain management: paving the way for future studies

Charbel José Chiappetta Jabbour, Vinicius Amorim Sobreiro, Ana Beatriz Lopes de Sousa Jabbour, Lucila Maria Souza Campos, Enzo Barberio Mariano, Douglas William Scott Renwick

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The area of disaster management has become increasingly prominent in a context of frequent political, religious change and conflict, and within it, the field of knowledge on humanitarian logistics and supply chain management (HLSCM) has attracted attention from a variety of stakeholders, such as scholars, practitioners and policy makers. Consequently, humanitarian logistics and supply chain research has seen a significant increase in the quantity of works emerging, particularly journal articles. In this context, we aim to systematize the selected contemporary literature on humanitarian logistics and supply chain management. After identifying the relevant literature on Scopus and Web of Science, we chart a systematization of this body of knowledge by applying a system of codes and classifications to it. Based on research gaps found, we propose an original research agenda for further developing the humanitarian logistics and supply chain management field, as suggested avenues for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalAnnals of Operations Research
Early online date23 Jun 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Jun 2017


  • disaster relief
  • humanitarian logistics
  • humanitarian operations management
  • humanitarian supply chain
  • sustainable operations
  • sustainable supply chain

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