Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue

GEOG 135 - Economic Geography

Professor: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue
Department of Global Studies and Geography
Hofstra University
Hempstead, New York 11549 USA
Phone: (516) 463-5765. Fax: (516) 463-6519.

Course Outline

Introduces economic geography, in particular how geographic and economic conditions affect products, industries, commerce and resources in a variety of regions. Covers the concepts, theories, and methodologies used by geographers to analyze economic change, such as of population and resources, and basic location theory for primary, secondary and tertiary industries. The course underlines the role of geography in the modern global economy, particularly as it relates to local, regional, national, and international economic growth and development.

The general goals of the course are:

  • Students will be provided with an introduction to theoretical and practical concepts of economic geography.
  • Students will understand how geographic and economic conditions affect products, industries, commerce and resources of the world.
  • Explain the role of population and natural resources in regional growth and change.
  • Students will be able to understand economic processes such as globalization, trade and transportation and their impacts on economic, cultural and social activities.
  • Students will understand the fundamental concepts of spatial interaction and diffusion, which explain how human activities are influenced by the concept of distance.

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Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue

Dr. Rodrigue's research interests mainly cover the fields of transportation and economics as they relate to logistics and global freight distribution. Specific topics over which he has published extensively cover maritime transport systems and logistics, global supply chains, gateways and transport corridors. Current projects involve:

  • The Governance of Intermodal Transportation Assets
  • Geography of Logistics and Global Production Networks
  • Gateways, Corridors and Inland Freight Distribution
  • Globalization and Transport Terminals
  • City Logistics
  • Cruise Shipping