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Call for Papers for a New Book "Advances in Managing Humanitarian Operations"



A Volume in the Springer International Series in Operations Research & Management Science entitled

Advances in Managing Humanitarian Operations

Editors: Nezih Altay (DePaul Univ.), Mark Haselkorn (Univ. of Washington), and Christopher Zobel (Virginia Tech)



Humanitarian operations are a critical and challenging activity.  The general class of problems in this area are distinct from those in business operations management for a number of reasons.  Among these are the focus on minimizing suffering and empowering affected populations, the requirement for ethical and just treatment, the complex and often politically charged problem setting, the need for transparency and accountability, the uncertain and dynamic environment, the distinctive decision-making processes of non-profit and governmental organizations, and the existence of unusual resource constraints (e.g. often involving too many rather than too few resources). The work of the practitioner community is also critical to any discussion of humanitarian operations.  Research in humanitarian operations generally can be divided into efforts focused on disaster relief (short term), development (long term), and community empowerment (sustainability).  In each of these cases, the common thread is the appropriate provision of services in partnership with the affected community. 



This volume is looking to provide a survey of current research problems and results, to discuss existing applications of humanitarian operations research, and to consider new research efforts that clearly extend existing research and applications.  It seeks to apply a services science viewpoint to highlight research results and outstanding issues and opportunities, including foundational issues such as the definition of value and measurements of success.  The intent is to provide a solid reference for humanitarian operations researchers, practitioners, and policy makers, and thus to encourage further efforts to continue advancement in this area.



Original papers of approximately 4500 to 9000 words (not including figures and tables) on all aspects of humanitarian operations management are invited.  Papers that specifically provide a services science perspective of humanitarian operations are especially welcome.  Submissions can be focused on surveys of existing techniques, development of new research, discussion of actual applications, and cutting edge research that extends the current state-of-the-art.

The three main topic areas of interest are the following:

Disaster relief

                              Ex: Humanitarian relief supply chains, humanitarian logistics

Development aid

Ex: Food security, Health, Education, Capacity building

Community aid

                              Ex: Blood banks, Food banks       



Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit, on or before June 15, 2014, a 500 to 1000 word extended abstract that clearly explains the mission and concerns of the proposed paper.  Authors of accepted proposals will be notified about the status of their proposals by June 30, 2014, and sent more specific paper guidelines at that point.   Each paper will then go through a refereeing process.  All submitted material must be original and it must not be published or currently under consideration for publication elsewhere, either as a whole or in part. 

Proposals should be submitted by email to


Manuscript proposals due                                                                         June 15, 2014

Notification on proposal status                                                               June 30, 2014

Complete papers due from authors                                                        November 1, 2014

Reviews available to authors                                                                    December 15, 2015                        

Revised manuscripts due from authors                                                  February 15, 2015

Spring Verlag volume published                                                               Summer 2015



Nezih Altay, Ph.D.

Dept. of Management

DePaul University

1 E. Jackson Blvd.

DePaul Center 7100

Chicago, IL 60604

Tel: 312-362-6783

Mark P. Haselkorn, Ph.D.

Dept. of Human Centered Design and Engineering

University of Washington

UW HCDE 352315

Seattle, WA 98195

Tel: 206-543-2577

Christopher W. Zobel, Ph.D.

Dept. of Business Info. Technology

Virginia Tech

1007 Pamplin Hall

880 West Campus Drive

Blacksburg, VA 24061-0235

Tel: 540-231-1856

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