MIT Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab

 

Engineering supply chains to support livelihoods

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About Us

The mission of the MIT Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab is to understand and improve the supply chain systems behind public services and private markets to meet human needs. Our lab combines MIT expertise in engineering, management, information technology, social science, economics, urban planning, and other disciplines to drive practical innovation for humanitarian interventions. 

The lab’s emerging market efforts support emergency response by strengthening supply chains in vulnerable communities to increase resiliency.

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Our Research Areas

To make humanitarian supply chains more effective and efficient, MIT uses a research approach that mixes observation, development, and application:

  • Empirical research to develop theory on humanitarian decision-making and to characterize how supply chains operate in resource-constrained contexts.
  • Scientific development of evidence and tools to improve supply chains.
  • Practical application by shaping policies and upgrading skills via education and training and in various organizations and communities.

Emergency Response

Emerging Market Development

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Updates from the Lab

Crisis Response – Rapid Systems Assessments

Crisis Response – Rapid Systems Assessments

Results from Uganda and the United States Listen: Systems Mapping and Covid Assessments in Uganda Nearly all development practitioners work in complex systems, such as disaster management, financial systems, or supply chains. When a major shock occurs, it is important...

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Why is COVID-19 Testing so Difficult?

Why is COVID-19 Testing so Difficult?

A Master's student class project can point us in the right direction. Earlier this spring, plans across campus shifted as MIT led physical distancing initiatives to protect campus students, faculty, and staff. As part of this effort, all classes for the remainder of...

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Strengthening Post-Hurricane Supply Chain Resilience

Strengthening Post-Hurricane Supply Chain Resilience

Resilient supply chains are crucial to maintaining the consistent delivery of goods and services to the American people. The modern economy has made supply chains more interconnected than ever, while also expanding both their range and fragility.

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