César Ducruet

Dr. César Ducruet, Ph.D., is a Research Director of Geography at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, France, since 2009. After graduating his PhD at Le Havre University in 2004, he had been post-doctoral researcher at the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) and at the Erasmus University (Rotterdam).

He has been invited to teach at various universities abroad (Inha, Catania, Erasmus, Antwerp, HK PolyU, Shanghai ECNU) or in France (Paris Sorbonne I and IV) and business schools in France, while he frequently works as an expert for local, national, and international organizations (World Bank, OECD).

His scientific research focuses on the following topics: a) economic, urban, and transport geography, b) territorial planning, c) ports and maritime transport, d) network analysis, e) regional science, f) Europe-Asia comparisons. In particular, he has been principal investigator of the European Research Council Starting Grant project “World Seastems” between 2013 and 2019 on the evolution of global maritime networks and port cities since the late 19th century, giving rise to numerous publications on the matter

(see https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/313847/results, scroll down & click on “Publications via OpenAire”).

Furthermore, he is associate member of the porteconomics.eu research network and reviews numerous articles from international journals. He is also editorial board member of Journal of Transport Geography.

His research has been published in high impact journals and is widely accepted by the scientific community. His most recent publications include, but are not limited to, the following:

Ducruet C. (2020) The geography of maritime networks: a critical review, Journal of Transport Geography, 88: 102824, Special issue “Integrating short and long distance perspectives on freight transportation” (https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-02922543).

Ducruet C., Wang L. (2018) China’s global shipping connectivity: internal and external dynamics in the contemporary era (1890–2016), Chinese Geographical Science, 28(2): 202-216, Special issue “The global inter-city relations of Chinese cities” (https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-01832319/).

Ducruet C., Itoh H. (2016) Regions and material flows: Investigating the regional branching and industry relatedness of port traffic in a global perspective, Journal of Economic Geography, 16(4): 805-830 (https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-01145663).

• Arvis J.F., Vesin V., Carruthers R., Ducruet C., De Langen P.W. (2019) Maritime Networks, Port Efficiency, and Hinterland Connectivity in the Mediterranean, World Bank Group, International Development in Focus, 139 p.


Ducruet C. (Ed.) (2017) Advances in Shipping Data Analysis and Modeling. Tracking and Mapping Maritime Flows in the Age of Big Data, Routledge Studies in Transport Analysis, London & New York: Routledge.

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