Harwin de Vries' work focuses on the logistics behind humanitarian aid delivery. Based on close cooperation with humanitarian organizations, he analyzes how humanitarian logistics systems impact beneficiaries and how they could be improved. One major branch of his research topics considers the cost-effectiveness of decision support tools in this sector. A second branch considers the design of such tools themselves. Harwin has won several prizes with his research, including the INFORMS Healthcare Best Student Paper Award 2015.
Before joining INSEAD, Harwin was a PhD candidate at the Erasmus Research Institute of Management at Erasmus University Rotterdam. His teaching experience includes combinatorial optimization, simulation, numerical methods, and statistics. Before joining academia, Harwin worked as a consultant in the decision support software industry. He also holds an MSc degree, cum laude, in Operations Research & Quantitative Logistics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.