Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue

GEOG 5 - Population and Migration

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.


Population and migration are two of the major sub-disciplines of geography and both have been receiving increased attention in recent years. As concerns about the environment and the economy increase, the impacts of a growing and ever-more mobile population are realized to an unprecedented extent. This is as true in the United States as it is elsewhere around the world. The numbers tell a great part of this story. The world’s population did not pass the one billion mark until after 1800 but since then, another 6 billion people have been added to the global total. It is currently increasing by approximately 80 million per year; that is to say, the world adds the population of the USA – over 300 million people – in less than four years. India alone adds the population of New York state in just one year. This is placing increasing demands upon the earth’s resources. Migration has been an enduring process throughout history but the numbers of people on the move today surpasses previous levels. Most of that movement occurs within countries but much of it has been and remains international in scale. This renders migration of particular concern to advanced economies such as in North America and Europe where it is a nearly continuous subject of political debate.

The main objectives of the course are:

  • Students will be provided with an introduction to theoretical and practical concepts of population and migration.
  • Students will acquire a sound basis for understanding many of the issues, controversies, and problems related to those two subject areas.
  • Develop a familiarity with the dynamics of population and migration that affect spatial relationships among various parts of our contemporary world.
  • 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