Karen Spens
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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, Svenska handelshögskolan, Finland, 2001


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


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  • Griffith University

    Karen Spens (Visit abroad)


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  • Kate Hughes

    Karen Spens (Host)


    Activity: Hosting a visitorHosted academic visit at Hanken

  • Deltagare i examensnämnd

    Karen Spens (Examiner of doctoral thesis manuscript)


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

  • Griffith University

    Karen Spens (Visit abroad)


    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisit to other institution

  • Peda-Forum 2015

    Karen Spens (Chair of organizing committee)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation of / participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars