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 - Intermodal transport - Synchromodal transport - Transport resilience - Supply chain resilience - The pooling and sharing of logistics resources - Blockchain

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 Supply Chain Management at the University of Waikato. Her research focuses on logistics operations in the aftermath of a disaster.

Prior to joining the University of Waikato, Cécile worked for 10 years in corporate banking and international business, in both France and Germany. She then moved to Australia and was awarded her PhD in humanitarian logistics from the Australian Maritime College/University of Tasmania. Cécile also completed a professional certification in humanitarian logistics and participated in various collaborative research projects in the field of emergency operations.


Cécile teaches at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

She was the winner of the 2020 Divisional Teaching Excellence Award (Waikato Management School).

Research Interests

Cécile is actively involved in the multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional Te Hiranga Rū QuakeCoRE research community, which focuses on earthquake resilience. Her current research interests include:

  • Intermodal transport and the rapid reconfiguration of freight operations across modes to ensure supply chain continuity in the wake of a disaster;
  • Logistics resource pooling and the sharing of physical resources (e.g. relief items, warehouses, transport) in disaster relief;
  • The use of digital technologies (including blockchain) to improve emergency logistics operations.

Cécile welcomes requests from prospective PhD candidates with similar interests.

Recent Publications

  • L'Hermitte, C., & Nair, N. (2021). A blockchain-enabled framework for sharing logistics resources in emergency operations. Disasters, 45(3), 527-554. doi:10.1111/disa.12436

  • 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

  • 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

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