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Dr Richard Oloruntoba

Senior Lecturer

Newcastle Business School (Supply Chain Management)

Career Summary


Richard worked in a range of operations, logistics, freight forwarding and transport management roles for 13 years in West Africa and the United Kingdom before beginning an academic career in 2002 at the then Institute of Marine Studies (now the Centre for International Shipping and International Logistics), University of Plymouth, England.

In 2004, Richard moved to Australia  to take up the role of Lecturer at the then School of International Business, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane from 2004 to 2009. Richard has  been lecturing Operations Management, Logistics Management, Supply Chain Management and International Business Operations at the Newcastle Business School University of Newcastle in Australia since 2009. He has undertaken research projects and published research in the area of logistics for disaster relief, humanitarian logistics and disaster operations management in leading refereed international journals such as the International Journal of Production Economics (ABDC A* ranked), the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management (ABDC A ranked), and Supply Chain Management: An International Journal (ABDC A ranked).

Richard won the first competitive seed corn funding for research into Humanitarian Logistics by the then Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK in 2001. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management. Richard has won several Australian and international prizes and awards for his  teaching and research, most recently the Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award (2013) and the Highly Commended thesis award in the 2013 Emerald/European Fund for Management Development Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. In September 2014 Richard was awarded the prestigious DB Schenker Award for Outstanding Research in Logistics for his research: "The Implications and Limitations of Commercial Supply Chain Management Process Models and Frameworks for Disaster Relief."

In recognition of his significant contribution to maintaining the highest standards of scholarly work throughout 2014, Richard was voted an Outstanding Reviewer for the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management in the Emerald Literati Network 2015 Awards for Excellence

Research Expertise
Transport facilitation, Renewable transport energy issues, Trade facilitation and cross-border customs processes, Logistics for international humanitarian aid, International transport, Disaster, emergency and crises relief chains & International logistics.

Teaching Expertise
Logistics Supply Chain Management Operations Management

Administrative Expertise
Program Convenor Bachelor of Business Assistant Program Convenor Bachelor of Business

Richard has on-going research collaboration in the area of disaster response logistics with collaborators at the Institute of Transport Logistics at the Technical University of Dortmund (TU Dortmund, Germany), the Fraunhofer-Institute for Material Flow and Logistics in Dortmund (Germany) (Professor Uwe Clausen's Group); and the Humanitarian Logistics Institute at the Hanken University in Finland with Professors Gyongyi Kovacs and Karen Spens. Richard also has on-going research collaboration in the area of humanitarian and disaster response logistics with scholars at the Indian Institute of Management in Raipur (India) (Professor Bidya Sahay) and the New Rail Research Hub at the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England (with Dr Dewan Islam's group) as well as the Fore School of Management, New Delhi, India (A/Prof Mohita G. Sharma and A/Prof Roma Mitra Debnath). Dr Richard Oloruntoba is the driver of other collaborative research projects such as with: Dr Beverly Wagner of Strachlyde University Glasgow on sustainable supply chains and early stages in innovation in technologically-intensive businesses; and with Dr Goke Oke of Arizona State University, Tempe on innovation in humanitarian logistics and supply chains.


  • PhD (Management), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Ilorin
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Ilorin
  • Advanced Diploma in Shipping Ports Admin. & Mgmt., University of Lagos - Nigeria
  • Master of Science, University of Plymouth
  • Master of Science, University of Plymouth
  • Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle


  • Emergency and Disaster Operations
  • Freighting and Freight Services
  • Humanitarian Logistics
  • International / Global Marketing
  • International Business
  • International Trade and International Transport
  • Logistics Management
  • Management of Disaster Reponse
  • Operations Management
  • Supply Chain Management


  • Yoruba (Fluent)
  • Hausa (Fluent)

Fields of Research

150399Business and Management not elsewhere classified65
150499Commercial Services not elsewhere classified15
150799Transportation and Freight Services not elsewhere classified20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2015 - Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2013 - Editorial Board - International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics ManagementInternational Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management
1/01/2011 - Membership - Humanitarian Assistance Research Thought leaders Group (HART) Humanitarian Assistance Research Thought leaders Group (HART)
1/01/2010 - Editorial Board - Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain ManagementJournal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management
1/01/2009 - Membership - Humanitarian Logistics Group (HUMLOG)Humanitarian Logistics Group (HUMLOG)


DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2003 - 31/12/2003Member - International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics ManagementInternational Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management



20012001 Charles Gee Centenary Award


1997Otunba Akinsiku Prize


2006Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence
2006Formal commendation on research performance

Research Award

2014Highly Commended Doctoral Thesis Award
2007Outstanding Paper Award


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Chapter (3 outputs)

2015Oloruntoba RO, 'A Planning and Decision-Making Framework for Sustainable Humanitarian Logistics in Disaster Response', Humanitarian Logistics and Sustainability, Springer, Germany 67-90 (2015)
2013Oloruntoba RO, 'The Relationship Between Politics and Religion in Nigeria: A Not So Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?', Not So Strange Bedfellows, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne 168-183 (2013) [B1]
2007Barnes P, Oloruntoba R, 'The co-evolution of safety cultures and crisis management capacities in maritime trading systems', Risk management in port operations, logistics and supply-chain security, Informa Maritime &Transport, London, United Kingdom 205-219 (2007) [B1]

Journal article (12 outputs)

2013Oloruntoba R, 'Plans never go according to plan: An empirical analysis of challenges to plans during the 2009 Victoria bushfires', Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 80 1674-1702 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.techfore.2012.12.002Author URL
2012Wohlgemuth S, Oloruntoba RO, Clausen U, 'Dynamic vehicle routing with anticipation in disaster relief', Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 46 261-271 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 7
2012Tatham P, Oloruntoba RO, Spens K, 'Cyclone preparedness and response: An analysis of lessons identified using an adapted military planning framework', Disasters, 36 54-82 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 2
2010Oloruntoba RO, 'An analysis of the Cyclone Larry emergency relief chain: Some key success factors', International Journal of Production Economics, 126 85-101 (2010) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 19Web of Science - 15
2009Charles MB, Ryan R, Oloruntoba RO, Von Der Heidt T, Ryan N, 'The EU-Africa Energy Partnership: Towards a mutually beneficial renewable transport energy alliance?', Energy Policy, 37 5546-5556 (2009) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 9Web of Science - 7
2009Oloruntoba RO, Gray R, 'Customer service in emergency relief chains', International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, 39 486-505 (2009) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 25Web of Science - 18
2008Charles MB, Ryan R, Ryan N, Oloruntoba R, 'Public policy and biofuels: The way forward? (vol 35, pg 5737, 2007)', ENERGY POLICY, 36 495-495 (2008) [C3]
DOI10.1016/j.enpol.2007.09.024Author URL
2007Charles MB, Ryan R, Ryan N, Oloruntoba R, 'Public policy and biofuels: The way forward?', ENERGY POLICY, 35 5737-5746 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.enpol.2007.06.008Author URL
CitationsScopus - 89Web of Science - 74
2006Oloruntoba R, Gray R, 'Humanitarian aid: an agile supply chain?', SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL, 11 115-120 (2006) [C1]
DOI10.1108/13598540610652492Author URL
CitationsScopus - 80Web of Science - 42
2006Oloruntoba R, 'Some arguments for extending business research', Problems and Perspectives in Management, 4 155-166 (2006) [C1]
2005Oloruntoba R, 'A wave of destruction and the waves of relief: Issues, challenges and strategies', Disaster Prevention and Management, 14 506-521 (2005) [C1]

Purpose - To highlight the failure of the tsunami early warning system and the challenges of successfully responding to, and managing a transnational catastrophe of this nature. The paper also highlights unique challenges in the management of this catastrophe and suggests potential strategies for good disaster response and management in this response and beyond. Design/methodology/approach - Primary data collection was by telephone interviews with experts in the South and South-East Asian region, supplemented by a comprehensive literature review of scholarly journals, reports from relief agencies and United Nations situation reports and bulletins amongst others. The scope of the paper is limited to the issue of a warning not been passed onto appropriate authorities in the region, the unique challenges of the relief response and the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the affected communities. Findings - From the study, there is a need for further investigation into the catastrophic warning failure; as reasons proffered by the early warning officials for their inability to pass on a warning to authorities in the affected area appear weak at this stage. The study also found unique geographical, political, economic and social challenges facing the international relief and reconstruction effort. Specifically some of the challenges include the management of the media and information, logistics and coordination, needs and damage assessment, donations and safety and security issues amongst others. In summary, the author found that there is also a need for foreign assistance agencies to be seen to be fair, to build trust and ownership of relief and reconstruction efforts amongst the local populace, as well as use local people as much as possible. Research limitations/implications - The study was conducted only 21 days (three weeks) after the tsunami catastrophe of 26 December 2004, hence it is a snapshot of events in the days immediately after the catastrophe. The relief action is an on-going event and there may be changes as new information emerges from the field. Practical implications - A world wide network of integrated submarine earthquake and tsunami monitoring and early warning system should be set up. Critical warning information in any potential disaster should be shared as inclusively as possible. Relief workers must be seen to be politically and religiously neutral, especially in the civil conflicts of Banda Aceh Indonesia. Finally relief and aid should be given on the basis of sound humanitarian principles such as need, not just on wider economic criteria. Originality/value - The study highlights specific potential challenges which relief organisations must deal with in responding effectively to the disaster, and in assisting to reconstruct the region. The paper proffers specific strategies for effective management of the international assistance effort. Finally, the study adds to the literature on developing countries and is valuable for governments, emergency and relief workers, policy makers in both developed and developing countries. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

CitationsScopus - 40
2005Barnes P, Oloruntoba R, 'Assurance of security in maritime supply chains: Conceptual issues of vulnerability and crisis management', Journal of International Management, 11 519-540 (2005) [C1]

Security assurance across maritime trading systems is a critical factor for international business managers and in the evolution of international trade generally. A number of initiatives are underway focusing on security issues in ports and ships (International Ship & Port Security Code), customs inspections in international ports (Container Security Initiative) and whole-of-supply chain outcomes (Customs & Trade Partnership against Terrorism). The main purpose of the above initiatives is to reduce the likelihood of maritime-vectored terrorism; however inappropriate implementation of these programs could affect competitiveness. This paper suggests that the complexity of interaction between ports, maritime operations and supply chains create vulnerabilities that require analysis that extends beyond the structured requirements of these initiatives and creates significant management challenges. Also the paper highlights the need for enhanced crisis management capabilities within ports as part of a standard management repertoire and suggests a new classification scheme for mapping vulnerability within ports and across supply networks. The paper concludes that there is a need to examine the goodness-of-fit of these security initiatives against business efficiency and competitiveness, and to consider the training needs for crisis management capabilities that will allow private and public sector groups involved in global trade to effectively mitigate the threat of maritime terrorism and loss of competitiveness. © 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

CitationsScopus - 60
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Conference (11 outputs)

2014Oloruntoba RO, 'Challenges to response operations of the 2009 black Saturday bushfires', Online Proceedings. POMS 25th Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA (2014) [E2]
2013Oloruntoba RO, 'A critical review of two commonly used terms in academic humanitarian logistics publications', Proceedings of the 18th Annual Logistics Research Network Conference, Birmingham, UK (2013), Birmingham UK (2013) [E2]
2013Oloruntoba RO, 'A typology of services in disaster relief: Evidence from two disaster relief chains', Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Production and Operations Management Society, Denver, Colorado (2013) [E2]
2009Oloruntoba RO, 'Cooperation, collaboration and coordination in disaster logistics: A review', CIOS: Centre for Institutional and Organisational Studies Inaugural Conference Abstracts, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E3]
2009Tatham P, Spens K, Oloruntoba RO, 'Cyclones in Bangladesh: A case study of a whole country response to rapid onset disasters', POM 2009: 20th Annual Conference of the Production and Operations Management Society: Program and Proceedings, Orlando, FL (2009) [E1]
2009Oloruntoba RO, 'On relief and supply chain similarities', Proceedings of the 14th Annual Logistics Research Network Conference, Cardiff, Wales (2009) [E1]
2007Oloruntoba R, 'Bringing order out of disorder: exploring complexity in relief supply chains', Regional and global logistics and supply chain management :Proceedings of the 2nd international conference on operations and supply chain management, Bangkok, Thailand (2007) [E1]
2006Oloruntoba R, 'Mobile learning environments: A conceptual overview', Learning on the Move: Proceedings of the Online Learning and Teaching Conference 2006, Brisbane, Queensland (2006) [E1]
2005Oloruntoba R, 'The Scope of IB Research: Taking Other Constituencies into Account', The Scope of IB Research: Taking Other Constituencies into Account, Melbourne, Victoria (2005) [E1]
2005Oloruntoba R, '"Logistics in developing economies: the case of Nigeria".', ¿Logistics in developing economies: the case of Nigeria¿., Plymouth, UK (2005) [E1]
2002Oloruntoba R, '"Logistics for humanitarian aid: a survey of aid organisations"', ¿Logistics for humanitarian aid: a survey of aid organisations¿,, Birmingham (2002) [E1]
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Other (1 outputs)

2014Oloruntoba RO, 'Everybody¿s Business', Asian Disaster Preparedness News ( pp.40-40). Bangkok, Thailand: Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (2014)

Report (1 outputs)

2003Oloruntoba R, Gray R, 'Humanitarian Aid Organisations and Logistics' (2003) [R1]

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

2013Oloruntoba RO, The Implications and Limitations of Commercial Supply Chain Management Process Models and Frameworks for Disaster Relief, University of Newcastle Australia (2013)

Grants and Funding


Number of grants2
Total funding$12,000

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.

20091 grants / $5,000

The implications and limitations of commercial supply chain management process frameworks for disaster relief chain effectiveness.$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Richard Oloruntoba
SchemeNew Staff Grant
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
Type Of FundingInternal

20011 grants / $7,000

Humanitarian Aid Organizations and Logistics$7,000

Funding body: Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK

Funding bodyChartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK
Project Team
SchemeSeed Corn Competitive Funding by Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK
Funding Start2001
Funding Finish2002
Type Of FundingInternational - Competitive

Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Factors Impacting on Supplier-Buyer Relationship Sustainability in Agro-Product Supply Chain: Evidence from Vietnam
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
2015Procurement Integration Versus Procurment Outsourcing in the Healthcare Sector: A Case Study of Malawi's Public Healthcare System
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
2015Exploring Sustainable Supply Chain Management Practices in Selected Manufacturing Firms in Uganda
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
2012Managing Student Retension and Satisfaction in Higher Education: a Case Study in Hong Kong
Management & Commerce, University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor


Dr Richard Oloruntoba wins 2013 DB Schenker Award

September 25, 2014

Newcastle Business School academic, Dr Richard Oloruntoba, awarded international logistics prize

Dr Richard Oloruntoba


Senior Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area

Supply Chain Management

Contact Details
Phone(02) 4921 7114


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