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. Based within the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, the 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 has a diverse portfolio of projects to improve emergency response during crisis and to enable market development that improves resilience. Our theoretical and applied research is driven by active engagement with the private sector, government agencies, humanitarian, international development, and community organizations on several continents.

Recent Submissions

  • Preparing PPE stockpiles for the next pandemic 

    Goentzel, Jarrod; Finegan, Lauren; McGuigan, Molly (2022-01-05)
    From June 2020 - June 2021, members of Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Disaster Medicine and the MIT Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab conducted a year-long research project to support public health planners in ...
  • Optimization-based Evaluation of Global Logistics Capacity 

    Rothkopf, Alexander; Graham, Chelsey Diane; Goentzel, Jarrod (2020-09-30)
    Humanitarian organizations, donor countries, and governments pre-position emergency supplies worldwide to facilitate rapid response to crisis needs. These organizations often pre-position stock at various warehouses around ...