Our objective is to study human behavior and decision-making during humanitarian operations to gain a better understanding of current humanitarian operations management and help develop new approaches and practical tools to improve the impact of humanitarian aid.
Our research is tailored to real and current issues that are raised through our network of students and alumni, most of whom are active humanitarian professionals in developing countries. Our doctoral students are actively engaged in research from the start and are involved in teaching, where they ensure that effective tools are applied by humanitarian professionals. We teach our students how to use these models and other operations and management tools to solve problems effectively and have an immediate and positive impact.
Current research is focused on addressing the central global issues of our time in specific settings using mathematical modeling to capture the dynamics and provide information for decision-makers.
- Developing a model to map the instance and progression of HIV/AIDS in the Ivory Coast and measure the impact of policy decisions on the eradication of the disease
- Modelling the factors that have caused a tragedy of commons situation with groundwater in Iran that has had a negative impact on pistachio production in Iran due to changed incentive structures in agricultural policies
- Using a common-pool resources perspective as a novel approach to study competition and cooperation problems in the humanitarian sector
- Investigating the dynamics that result in high levels of staff attrition in humanitarian organizations in areas of conflict.
- How to manage the sudden influx of materials sent to disaster sites – a system dynamics model that integrates both quantitative and qualitative factors.