Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue

GS 120 - iGlobalization (Global Transport and Logistics)

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.


This interdisciplinary course introduces the major components of the rapidly evolving global transport and communication systems, showing how this evolution has enabled the spread of global production networks and has facilitated greater access to new modes of data and information. Drawing from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives, the course highlights the ways in which transportation and the management of distribution are fundamental to the understanding of globalization, trade, and the use of logistics by corporations. The course also shows how the new modes of communication have transformed both trade and culture, altering not only the way we buy, sell and produce commodities, but also the social organization of place and space.

The general goals of the course are:

  • Students will be provided with an introduction to theoretical and practical concepts of transportation and logistics.
  • Students will understand the role of transport infrastructures, modes and policies in the organization of space at the international and regional scales.
  • 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