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Who We Are

Our Mission

Since 2001, INSEAD Humanitarian Research Group (HRG) has been working to develop the science of humanitarian logistics. HRG strives to increase the capacity of humanitarian actors to respond effectively to the growing number of major disasters impacting the world today by finding solutions to management challenges affecting humanitarian organisations.

Facilitating cross-learning between those currently engaged in humanitarian action (humanitarian organisations, private-sector, governments, donors, military etc.) HRG works to identify and transfer best practices from the humanitarian sector to private sector companies operating in a volatile world.

Five Key Areas

The Humanitarian Research Group concentrates on the following five key areas:

Our Experience

Over the past fourteen years HRG has worked in close collaboration with private sector companies, humanitarian organisations, and private-public partnerships. These include:

We have carried out in-depth research at headquarters and programme level, from Geneva, Switzerland to Gurue, Mozambique, to produce rigorous and relevant research.

To date, INSEAD HRG’s research and pedagogic contribution includes:

  • the first book of its kind "Humanitarian Logistics"
  • over 26 research papers (academic articles, working papers, white papers)
  • more than 31 case studies
  • support to the UNICEF Management and Leadership Development Programme

Our education programmes, papers and pedagogical case studies have won awards from internationally recognised bodies such as POMS and EFMD. HRG has become one of the leading research groups on the subject of humanitarian logistics.

The Humanitarian Research Group is housed under the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre, a premier hub for research and learning on the connection between business and society. Our team welcomes and encourages you to explore this web-site and use its resources.

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