Dr Minchul Sohn

Dr Minchul Sohn

Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management

Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



Dr Minchul Sohn is a lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management at the University of Plymouth. His research interests involve various issues in supply chain management. In particular, he is interested in humanitarian logistics, supply chain risk management, sustainability, and coordination. He is also interested in sustainable urban mobility and shared mobility in the context of small and medium cities. He has been working on various research projects with international humanitarian organisations (UNHCR, WFP, Red Cross, etc.) and the DG-ECHO-funded emergency logistics project.

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Minchul holds a doctorate in Economics and Business Administration with Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility from Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland; and was titled “Humanitarian logistics preparedness for recurring small-scale disasters based on seasonal climate information”



Teaching interests

Minchul teaches courses in logistics and supply chain management, sustainable supply chain management, project management, strategic management, and challenge module.



Research interests

Current research interests:

  • Humanitarian logistics
  • Area of improvisation in managing supply chain risks 
  • Extreme weather events and supply chain preparedness
  • Sustainable supply chain management
  • Sustainable urban mobility, in particular, shared micro-mobility
  • System dynamics modelling

Other research

Aug 2019 – Jul 2021 Supply Chain Resilience (SCR) assessment project

  • Development of a system dynamics model that provides support in assessing, quantifying and improving the resilience of humanitarian supply chains

Oct 2017 - Dec 2019 UNHCR Certification Programme for Supply Chain Management

  • Project leader
  • Delivery, assessment, and evaluation of the SCM training programme

Aug 2016 - June 2017 Reconfigure Mobility

  • Team Reconfigure Mobility - initiative to create a network of experts to tackle the challenges of sustainable mobility
  • Semifinalist in Helsinki Challenge

Jan 2015 - Dec 2016 EU DG-ECHO Project: MELOGIC

  • An Integrated Methodological Framework for Emergency Logistics
  • Study on civil protection logistics in remote territories

Jan 2013 - Dec 2014 The Academy of Finland Project: SAFE-MET

  • Study on risk management of extreme weather-related disaster and climate change adaptation

Sep 2012 - Dec 2012 Resilience in Disaster Relief and Development Supply Chains

  • Study on supply chain resilience as a concept to respond to disruptions in the supply chain




Sohn, M. (2019), Småskaliga katastrofer på lokal nivå har stora konsekvenser. Ekonomiska Samfundets Tidskrift 2019 (2), pp. 18–21.


Sohn, M. (2022), “Exploring mechanisms of using seasonal climate information to drive humanitarian logistics preparedness” in Ilija Djekic (eds), Handbook of Climate Change Across the Food Supply Chain. Springer.

Sohn, M. (2017), “So much of research is context: fieldwork experience in humanitarian logistics” in Kovács. G., Spens, K. & Moshtari, M. (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Palgrave Macmillan, London.

Sohn, M, Meriläinen, E & Grant, D (2016), “Decision making in Humanitarian Logistics” in Supply Chain Management for Humanitarians. Kogan Page, London, pp. 103-123.

Pettit, S, Beresford, A, Knight, D & Sohn, M (2015),”Humanitarian aid logistics: a new area for the public service research agenda?” in ZJ Radnor, N Bateman, A Esain, M Kumar, SJ Williams & DM Upton (eds), Public Service Operations Management: A research handbook. Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 73-93.

Conference Papers

Sohn, M, Guillén, J., Kovács, G., Minis, I., and Zeimpekis, V. (2016), “Understanding civil protection logistics in a remote EU territory” in the Preparedness and Emergency Response Logistics Conference (PERL) in Oslo, 2-3 November, Proceedings

Tabaklar, T & Sohn, M (2016), “Decision making in food security in Kenya and Zambia: a SCM view” in European Decision Sciences Institute Conference 2016 in Helsinki, 24-27 May, Proceedings.

Venäläinen, A., Pilli-Sihvola, K., Sohn, M., Tuomenvirta, H., Ruuhela, R., Hyvärinen, O., Väätäinen-Chimpuku, S., Kululanga, E., Mtilatila, L., Imbwae, F. and Phiri, L. (2014), “Study on risk management of extreme weather related disasters and climate change adaptation in Malawi and Zambia”, in 14th European Meteorological Society Annual Meeting Abstracts, Vol. 11, EMS2014-56, 14th EMS/10th ECAC.

Pilli-Sihvola, A.K., Sohn, M., Hyvarinen, O., Kululanga, E., Mtilatila, L., Imbwae, F., Phiri, L., and Venalainen, A. (2014), “The societal benefits of seasonal forecasts for food security: Case studies in Malawi and Zambia”, in IDRC Davos 2014 Conference in Davos, 24-28 August, Proceedings.

Sohn, M. (2014), “Using weather information in humanitarian logistics: early warning systems in Zambia”, in NOFOMA 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark, 12-13 June, Proceedings.

Sohn, M. and Pilli-Sihvola, A.K. (2014), “The use of early warning systems for improved food security: Case studies in Malawi and Zambia”, in Future Infinite Academic 2014 in Helsinki, Finland, 11-12 June, Proceedings.

Sohn, M. (2013), “Humanitarian logistics and development aid: In consideration of exit strategy”, in NOFOMA 2013 in Göteborg, Sweden, 4-5 June 2013, CD-ROM Proceedings.

Sohn, M., Kovács G., and Spens, K. (2013), “Supply Chain Design with an Exit Strategy: Health Care Humanitarian Supply Chains in Ethiopia”, in LRN 2013 in Birmingham, UK, 4-6 Sept 2013, CD-ROM Proceedings.