Digital and Social Media for Humanitarian Logistics Minitrack

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Social media technology, crowdsourcing processes, and sensor-based information can be used to formulate the best plans prior to, during, and after extreme events. Thus, applying these to the area of humanitarian logistics has the potential to save lives and property. The elements of humanitarian logistics include the organization’s personnel, equipment/infrastructure, transportation, information technology/communication, planning/policies/procedures, and inventory management (Overstreet et al, 2011).

This minitrack accepts papers that focus on digital and social media as facilitators for humanitarian logistics. Potential areas include, but are not limited to using digital and social media technology and processes to:

  • Overcome infrastructure damage that impact usability of digital and social media during or after an event
  • Recruit humanitarian logisticians and volunteers at the site of or near to the event
  • Position and deploy non-perishable equipment and supplies before an event
  • Position and deploy perishable supplies during/after an event
  • Route around closed roads, damaged/missing bridges, etc.
  • Theoretical humanitarian logistics frameworks based in social media theories

Minitrack Co-Chairs:

Dianne Hall (Primary Contact)
Auburn University

Teresa Lang
Auburn University


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