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Karen Spens


P.O. Box 479

00101 Helsinki


    Research areas

  • 519 Social and economic geography - Humanitarian logistics, Supply chain management


Karen Spens is the Rector of Hanken since 2015 and she will hold office for a term of five years, until 2020.

Karen Spens is Professor of Supply Chain Management and Corporate Geography at Hanken. Her research has mainly focused on humanitarian logistics in which she has published several books, co-founded the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management as well as the Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research Institute (HUMLOG Institute).

She has served at Hanken as the Dean of Education 2010-2015. During this time she was in charge of the development of the Assurance of Learning-process, which aims at improving student learning.

Education information

Doctor of Science (Economics and Business Administration), Business Economics, Hanken School of Economics, Finland, 2001

Latest research outputs

  1. Technology meets humanitarian logistics: a view on benefits and challenges

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

  2. Innovation in Humanitarian Supply Chains: A Systematic Review

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportProfessional

  3. Questionable research practices in academia: antecedents and consequences

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. Deltagare i examensnämnd

    Activity: ExaminationOfficial participation in PhD thesis supervision, defence and examination

  2. Kate Hughes

    Activity: Hosting a visitorHosted academic visit at Hanken

  3. Griffith University

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisit to other institution

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