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Hossein Baharmand

Associate Professor

Project and supply chain management

A159 ( Jon Lilletuns vei 3, Grimstad )

Hossein Baharmand is Associate Professor of Project and Supply Chain Management at the Department of Working Life and Innovation, University of Agder (UiA). He received his PhD in information and communication technology in 2018 at UiA. His has solid background in the field of engineering (MSc in Industrial Engineering and BSc in Mechanical Engineering). He is also affiliated as International Research Fellow at Humanitarian Logistics (HUMLOG) Institute, Hanken School of Echonomics, Finland.

Hossein has published articles in the Internation Journal of Operations and Production Management, Computers in Industry, Tansportation Research Part E, Annals of Operations Research, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, and Technology in Society. He won the Jose Maria Sarriegi Award 2020 for the best academic research article on Disaster Management from the Fundación Aon España and the Catastrophe Observatory, Spain. He also won the Best Doctoral Thesis Award 2019 for his dissertation from the Hanken School of Economics. He led the CONTRA research project (COVID19 Network Technology based Responsive Action) funded by the Research Council of Norway 2020-2022. He is also the project manager for the DigCBA research project (Responsible Use of Digital Cash-based Assistance in Refugee Crises) funded by the Research Council of Norway 2021-2024.

At UiA Hossein is supporting the study programme Industriell økonomi og teknologiledelse (INDØK) where he is reponsible for the course Project Management and Planning (IND-416). He serves at the International Society for Informations Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM) as the Publications and Academic Standards Chair on the ISCRAM's Board of Directors. He has also organized conferences and co-chaired multiple conference tracks.

Hossein is following (and cotributing to) multiple research leads about using emerging technologies such as blockchain technology, Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence to improve humanitarian operations.

Methodologically Hossein has experience and expertise in using qualitative methods (e.g., structured/semi-structured interviews, surveys, field observation, and content analysis) as well as quantitative methods (e.g., questionnaires, multi-criteria/attribute decision analysis, multi-objective programming, and Monte Carlo Simulation).

Research interests

  • Logistics and supply chain management
  • Circular economy
  • Decision support systems
  • Humanitarian aid
  • Healthcare operations


Norwegian Research Council:

  • DigCBA - Responsible Use of Digital Cash based Assistance in Refugee Crises (November 2021 - November 2024) link 1 link2
  • CONTRA - COvid19 Network Technology based Responsive Action (June 2020 - March 2022) link 1

EU Horizon 2020:

  • iTRACK - integrated system for real-time TRACKing and collective intelligence in civilian humanitarian missions (2016-2019)​​​​

Scientific publications

  • Balcik, Burcu; Yucesoy, Ecem; Akca, Berna; Karakaya, Sirma; Gevsek, Asena Ayse; Baharmand, Hossein; Sgarbossa, Fabio (2022). A mathematical model for equitable in-country COVID-19 vaccine allocation. International Journal of Production Research. ISSN: 0020-7543. doi:10.1080/00207543.2022.2110014.
  • Baharmand, Hossein; Vega, Diego; Lauras, Matthieu; Comes, Tina (2022). A methodology for developing evidence-based optimization models in humanitarian logistics. Annals of Operations Research. ISSN: 0254-5330. doi:10.1007/s10479-022-04762-9.
  • Phillips, Ross Owen; Baharmand, Hossein; Vandaele, Nico; Decouttere, Catherine; Boey, Lise (2022). How Can Authorities Support Distributed Improvisation During Major Crises? A Study of Decision Bottlenecks Arising During Local COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-Out. Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making. ISSN: 1555-3434. doi:10.1177/15553434221125092.
  • Baharmand, Hossein; Saeed, Naima; Comes, Tina; Lauras, Matthieu (2021). Developing a framework for designing humanitarian blockchain projects. Computers in industry (Print). ISSN: 0166-3615. 131doi:10.1016/j.compind.2021.103487.
  • Baharmand, Hossein; Maghsoudi, Amin; Coppi, Giulio (2021). Exploring the application of blockchain to humanitarian supply chains: insights from Humanitarian Supply Blockchain pilot project. International Journal of Operations & Production Management. ISSN: 0144-3577. 41 (9). s 1522 - 1543. doi:10.1108/IJOPM-12-2020-0884.
  • Seddighi, Hamed; Salmani, Ibrahim; Baharmand, Hossein; Seddighi, Saeideh; Sharifi Sedeh, Mehrab (2021). Rapid Assessment of COVID-19 Screening Program for Travelers in Iran: A Qualitative Study. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. ISSN: 1935-7893. s 1 - 5. doi:10.1017/dmp.2021.219.
  • Seddighi, Hamed; Baharmand, Hossein; Morovati Sharifabadi, Ali; Salmani, Ibrahim; Seddighi, Saeideh (2021). The efficiency of COVID-19 testing centers in Iran: A data envelopment analysis approach Hamed Seddighi, Hossein Baharmand, Ali Morovati Sharifabadi, Ibrahim Salmani, Saeideh Seddighi. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. ISSN: 1935-7893. s 1 - 4. doi:10.1017/dmp.2021.226.
  • Baharmand, Hossein; Balcik, Burcu; Boey, Lise; Decouttere, Catherine; Phillips, Ross Owen; Saeed, Naima; Vandaele, Nico (2021). Toward a decision support system for COVID-19 vaccine allocation inside countries. NOKOBIT - Norsk konferanse for organisasjoners bruk av informasjonsteknologi. ISSN: 1892-0748. 2021 (2). s 1 - 14.
  • Seddighi, Hamed; Baharmand, Hossein (2020). Exploring the role of the sharing economy in disasters management. Technology in society. ISSN: 0160-791X. 63doi:10.1016/j.techsoc.2020.101363.
  • Baharmand, Hossein; Comes, Tina; Lauras, Matthieu (2020). Supporting group decision makers to locate temporary relief distribution centres after sudden-onset disasters: A case study of the 2015 Nepal earthquake. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. ISSN: 2212-4209. 45doi:10.1016/j.ijdrr.2019.101455.
  • Baharmand, Hossein; Comes, Tina; Lauras, Matthieu (2019). Bi-objective multi-layer location–allocation model for the immediate aftermath of sudden-onset disasters. Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review. ISSN: 1366-5545. 127s 86 - 110. doi:10.1016/j.tre.2019.05.002.
  • Baharmand, Hossein; Comes, Tina (2019). Leveraging Partnerships with Logistics Service Providers in Humanitarian Supply Chains by Blockchain-based Smart Contracts. IFAC-PapersOnLine. ISSN: 2405-8963. 52 (13). s 12 - 17. doi:10.1016/j.ifacol.2019.11.084.
  • Baharmand, Hossein; Comes, Tina (2018). Measuring the Quality of Humanitarian Information Products: Insights from the 2015 Nepal Earthquake. Trends and Advances in Information Systems and Technologies. ISBN: 978-3-319-77702-3. Springer Nature. 13. s 132 - 141.
  • Baharmand, Hossein; Comes, Tina; Lauras, Matthieu (2017). Defining and measuring the network flexibility of humanitarian supply chains: insights from the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Annals of Operations Research. ISSN: 0254-5330. s 1 - 40. doi:10.1007/s10479-017-2713-y.
  • Baharmand, Hossein; Comes, Tina; Lauras, Matthieu (2017). Managing in-country transportation risks in humanitarian supply chains by logistics service providers: Insights from the 2015 Nepal earthquake. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. ISSN: 2212-4209. 24s 549 - 559. doi:10.1016/j.ijdrr.2017.07.007.
  • Baharmand, Hossein; Comes, Tina; Lauras, Matthieu (2017). Towards Designing and Implementing an Empirically Grounded Research for Humanitarian Logistics after Nepal Earthquake. NOFOMA 2017 The 29th NOFOMA Conference: "Taking on Grand Challenges". ISBN: 978-91-7753-337-5. Nordic Logistics Research Network. Full papers. s 44 - 59.
  • Baharmand, Hossein; Boersma, Kees; Meesters, Kenny; Mulder, Femke; Wolbers, Jeroen (2016). A multidisciplinary perspective on supporting community disaster resilience in Nepal. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management. ISBN: 978-84-608-7984-8. Federal University of Rio De Janeiro. 3.
  • Baharmand, Hossein; Comes, Tina; Lauras, Matthieu (2016). Mitigating transportation risks at humanitarian supply chains: insights from the 2015 Nepal earthquake. 23rd EurOMA Conference. Interactions. Book of abstracts for EurOMA 2016. ISBN: 978-82-303-3277-1. NTNU Trondheim, Department of Production and Quality Engineering and the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management. Chapter 8. Humanitarian Operations and Crisis.
  • Baharmand, Hossein; Comes, Tina (2015). A Framework for Shelter Location Decisions by Ant Colony Optimization. 12th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management. ISBN: 978-82-7117-788-1. ISCRAM. 6. s 941 - 948.
  • Baharmand, Hossein; Salvadò, Laura Laguna; Comes, Tina; Lauras, Matthieu (2015). On the Literature Divergences of the Humanitarian Supply Chain. Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management in Mediterranean Countries. ISBN: 978-3-319-24398-6. Springer. Chapter 17. s 194 - 204.
  • Baharmand, Hossein; Sgarbossa, Fabio; Piotrowicz, Wojciech; Ntayi, Joseph; Widera, Adam (2021). (Digital) Technology in Cash-based Assistance in Refugee Crises.

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