Port geography at the crossroads with human geography: Between flows and spaces

Adolf K.Y. Ng*, César Ducruet, Wouter Jacobs, Jason Monios, Theo Notteboom, Jean Paul Rodrigue, Brian Slack, Ka Chai TAM, Gordon Wilmsmeier

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Port research is not a new field of interest for human geographers, evidenced by numerous conceptual models and empirical cases of port evolution and development in the literature. However, several critical questions remain unanswered, notably the exact position of port geography as a subdiscipline within human geography in the past, present and future. Based on a pluralistic approach, the paper analyzes the changing waves and development of port geography as a sub-discipline of human geography, with a special focus on whether port geography has experienced a paradigm shift and, if so, when, why, and how. Also, through analyzing the major terrains of port geography research from the macro perspective, it brings a new lease of life to port geography in this rapidly changing world.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-96
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Transport Geography
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Environmental Science(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Academic discipline
  • Human geography
  • Port geography
  • Research


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