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Richard Oloruntoba

Richard Oloruntoba

Senior Lecturer in Logistics, Operations and Supply Chain Management, University of Newcastle, Australia

Richard Oloruntoba, Ph.D is a Senior Lecturer in Logistics, Operations and Supply Chain Management and Assistant Program Manager of the Bachelor of Business Program at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Richard’s expertise is in humanitarian operations and humanitarian logistics. His research focuses on the interface of logistics for humanitarian aid delivery and distribution, humanitarian supply chains, and management of the aid and service supply chains for responding to and managing crises, conflicts, and disasters. He is currently the Chief Investigator on a project to investigate the structure and nature of humanitarian relief supply chains for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees in the Boko Haram Crisis in north eastern Nigeria.

Oloruntoba was awarded the first competitive seed funding by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK in 2001 for research to gauge the level of understanding of the role of logistics in humanitarian operations within large International NGOs. The research outputs are being used in the logistics training of staff by Oxfam UK. He has often provided advice to Emergency Management Queensland on the logistics of flood and cyclone response within Queensland, Australia. Oloruntoba regularly reviews humanitarian logistics related articles for leading journals such as the Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Operations Management and Journal of Supply Chain Management. He is a current Senior Guest Editor managing a special issue of Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management on the logistics of caring for refugees and internally displaced persons around the world. Oloruntoba is also a member of the editorial advisory board of the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management and has served on the board of the Migrant Resource Council Queensland.

In 2014, he was awarded the DB Schenker Award for Outstanding Research in Logistics in the area of Humanitarian Logistics and in 2015, he received the Emerald Publishers Outstanding Reviewer Award (UK). He was also awarded the Highly Commended Thesis Award in the Emerald Publishers and European Fund for Management Development Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in 2013 (UK) as well as international best paper awards in 2005 and in 2006. Before his life as an Academic and Researcher, Richard worked in a range of operations, logistics, freight forwarding and transport management roles for 13 years in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. He is currently an active volunteer first responder with the New South Wales State Emergency Services.


  1. Oloruntoba RO. "Boko Haram: The security and supply chain management challenges of providing relief." Supply Chain Management for Humanitarians: Tools for Practice, Kogan Page, London, London (2016) pp. 353-371
  2. Oloruntoba RO, Kovacs G. "A commentary on agility in humanitarian aid supply chains." Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 20 708-716 (2015)
  3. Oloruntoba RO. "A Planning and Decision-Making Framework for Sustainable Humanitarian Logistics in Disaster Response." Humanitarian Logistics and Sustainability, Springer, Germany (2015) Ch. 3 31-48 
  4. Wohlgemuth S, Oloruntoba RO, Clausen U. Dynamic vehicle routing with anticipation in disaster relief. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences 46 (2012) 261-271
  5. Oloruntoba R, Gray R. "Humanitarian aid: an agile supply chain?." Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 11 (2006) 115-120