Anna Nagurney

Title of Presentation: Human Migration Networks: How Operations Research can Assist with Refugees and Supply Chain Labor Shortages


Humans throughout history have sought locations with better opportunities, amenities, greater safety, etc., for themselves and their families. With global challenges such as: climate change, economic hardship, the COVID-19 pandemic, and geopolitical strife and wars, the migration of humans across space and time is increasing, causing pressures on governments and different societies to respond and act. In this presentation, I will provide an overview of our multidisciplinary work on human migration networks using various methodologies drawn from Operations Research. I will reveal how Operations Research can assist in policy-making in this important domain from the prediction and management of refugee flows to investing in and attracting international migrant labor for the alleviation of labor shortages in a plethora of supply chains.


  • Dr. Nagurney is the Director of the Virtual Center for Supernetworks

  • Research interests include: Transportation networks and congestion management; Supply chain networks and disruption management; Financial networks with intermediation; Electric power generation and distribution networks; Supernetworks; Network economics; Energy, sustainability and environmental policies

  • She has authored or co-authored 12 other books, more than 220 refereed journal articles and over 50 book chapters

  • She is on the editorial boards of the multiple journals, including: Annals of Operations Research, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Computational Economics, Computational Management Science, Annals of Regional Science, International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications, and the International Transactions in Operational Research.