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

Ng, Adolf K Y; Ducruet, Cesar; Jacobs, Wouter; Monios, Jason; Notteboom, Theo; Rodrigue, Jean-Paul; Slack, Brian; Tam, Ka Chai; Wilmsmeier, Gordon


Adolf K Y Ng

Cesar Ducruet

Wouter Jacobs

Jason Monios

Theo Notteboom

Jean-Paul Rodrigue

Brian Slack

Ka Chai Tam

Gordon Wilmsmeier


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.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Sep 7, 2014
Publication Date 2014-12
Deposit Date Aug 1, 2014
Print ISSN 0966-6923
Electronic ISSN 1873-1236
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 41
Pages 84-96
Keywords Port geography; Human geography; Academic discipline;
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