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Event Scheduled for Sep 10, 2012
Event: CEE Present the Interdisciplinary Colloquium Series: Global Containerized Maritime Shipping: Emergence, Divergence and Challenges - Speaker: Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Professor, Dept. of Global Studies & Geography, Hofstra University
Location: Laurel Hall - Room 202 (formerly Classroom Bldg.)
Time: 12:00 pm
Details of Event:
The Departments of Geography and Civil and Environmental Engineering and Center for Transportation and Livable Systems Present: Global Containerized Maritime Shipping: Emergence, Divergence and Challenges - After more than 50 years of containerization it is becoming clear that the container is thus much more than a box; it is a vector of global production and distribution particularly through maritime shipping. Its emergence has led to various changes in the economic and transport geography and particularly how production and physical distribution interact. Its impacts on supply chain management can be considered as revolutionary since completely new means of distribution were established. It has become a ubiquitous transport product servicing mobility requirements at almost all stages of supply and commodity chains and being able to be carried virtually everywhere there are transport infrastructures.
There has also been an evolution within containerization as many changes were gradual and incremental within maritime and inland freight transport systems. The ongoing application of economies of scale in container shipping can be considered as evolutionary as gradually lower transportation costs resulted, facilitating its diffusion within the economic landscape. Still, there are several diverging forces at play. One concerns the nature of what it being transported. While initially containerization dominantly involved parts and finished goods, commodities have been a significant driver of growth in recent years. A second concerns the consolidation of the ownership and control of containerized assets in the hands of major maritime shipping companies and global terminal operators. Another relates to the growing importance of transshipment, particularly to cope with network complexities and market coverage. The presentation concludes with the main challenges facing containerization as it is reaching a phase of maturity.
Jean-Paul Rodrigue received a Ph.D. in Transport Geography from the Université de Montréal (1994) and has been a professor at Hofstra University since 1999. Dr. Rodrigue's research interests mainly cover the fields of transportation and economics as they relate to logistics and global freight distribution. Area interests involve North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, and East and Southeast Asia. Specific topics over which he has published extensively cover maritime transport systems and logistics, global supply chains and production networks, gateways and transport corridors. He has authored 3 books (plus 2 forthcoming), 25 book chapters, more than 40 peer reviewed papers, numerous reports, and delivered more than 125 conferences and seminar presentations, mostly at the international level.
Dr. Rodrigue developed a widely used online reference source about transportation which became a textbook, The Geography of Transport Systems, with its third edition expected in 2013. He is also on the international editorial board of the Journal of Transport Geography, the Journal of Transport and Land Use, the Cahiers Scientifiques du Transport, acts as the Van Horne Researcher in Transportation and Logistics (University of Calgary) and is a member of the PortEconomics.eu initiative regrouping the world’s leading maritime transport academics. He regularly performs advisory and consulting assignments for international organizations and corporations. Dr. Rodrigue is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Advanced Manufacturing (2011-2013). He was recently commissioned by UN-HABITAT to write a chapter about urban freight distribution for the 2013 Global Report on Human Settlements mandated by the United Nations General Assembly.
Personal page: http://people.hofstra.edu/Jean-paul_Rodrigue/
Geography of Transport Systems: http://people.hofstra.edu/geotrans/
Sponsored By: Civil and Environmental Engineering
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