Dr Cécile L'Hermitte

Cécile L'Hermitte

Senior lecturer in Supply Chain Management
Undergraduate/Graduate Convenor for Supply Chain Management


- Humanitarian logistics and supply chain management - Emergency operations - Transport integration in disaster relief - Pooling/sharing logistics resources - Blockchain in disaster relief

Qualifications: MBA in Maritime and Logistics Management, PhD in Humanitarian Logistics

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: MSB.2.32
Phone: +64 7 837 9154

Papers Taught

About Cécile

Cécile is a senior lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Waikato Management School in New Zealand.

After working for 10 years in corporate banking, in both France and Germany, Cécile moved to Australia where she completed an MBA in maritime and logistics management and undertook research work in humanitarian logistics. Cécile completed her doctoral research project at the Australian Maritime College/University of Tasmania. The project explored the concept of organisational capacity building and the critical role played by an organisation’s systems, structure and culture in supporting agility in humanitarian logistics operations.

In 2015, Cécile completed a Certification in Humanitarian Logistics. This 18-month professional qualification, developed by the Fritz Institute and international aid agencies, is awarded by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the United Kingdom (CILT UK).

Prior to joining Waikato Management School, Cécile was also involved in various collaborative research projects in the fields of humanitarian logistics and emergency operations. This includes a project commissioned by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and led by the Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research Institute (HUMLOG) in Helsinki, Finland. This project aimed to identify UNHCR’s best logistics and supply chain management practices and to develop three training modules for the UNHCR Certification Programme for Supply Chain Management.

Cécile’s current research interests include:

  • Humanitarian logistics and supply chain management;
  • Emergency operations;
  • Transport integration in disaster relief;
  • The pooling and sharing of logistics resources;
  • The use of blockchain in disaster relief.

Cécile welcomes requests from prospective PhD candidates with similar interests.

Recent Publications

  • L'Hermitte, C., & Nair, N. (2020). A blockchain-enabled framework for sharing logistics resources in emergency operations. Disasters, online, 31 pages. doi:10.1111/disa.12436

  • Wilson, M., Tatham, P., Payne, J., L'Hermitte, C. S., & Shapland, M. (2018). Best practice relief supply for emergency services in a developed economy: Evidence from Queensland Australia. Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, 8(1), 107-132. doi:10.1108/JHLSCM-03-2017-0008

  • Haavisto, I., Tatham, P., Harilaninen, H. -R., L'Hermitte, C., Larsson, M., & Vaillancourt, A. (2018). Humanitarian logistics - the functional challenges facing field offices. In P. Tatham, & M. Christopher (Eds.), Humanitarian Logistics: Meeting the Challenge (3rd ed., pp. 226-241). Kogan Page.

  • L'Hermitte, C., Bowles, M., Tatham, P., & Brooks, B. (2018). Bridging research and practice in humanitarian logistics: A diagnostic tool to assess organizational agility. In G. Kovacs, K. Spens, & M. Moshtari (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management (pp. 591-623). Palgrave. doi:10.1057/978-1-137-59099-2_20

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