Port Economics, Management and Policy

Port Economics, Management, and Policy (PEMP) analyses the contemporary port industry and how ports are organized to serve the global economy and regional and local development needs. It uses a conceptual background supported by extensive fieldwork and empirical observations, such as analyzing flows, ports, and the strategies and policies articulating their dynamics. The port industry is comprehensively investigated in this unique compilation:

  • Multidisciplinary perspective on the port industry relying on economics, geography, management science, and engineering.
  • Abundance of graphic elements such as maps, figures, photos, and tables.
  • Focus on the latest trends impacting the industry, such as supply chain management, automation, digitalization, and sustainability.
  • Multisector analysis, including containers, bulk, break-bulk, and the cruise industry.


INTRODUCTION: A Multifaceted Approach to Seaports











The new book by Theo Notteboom, Thanos Pallis and Jean-Paul Rodrigue, provides the most comprehensive analysis of the current functioning of seaports for academics and port professionals. This publication is particularly relevant from a pedagogic perspective for anybody giving the first steps in the port and maritime world, but also for experienced scholars. For AIVP, the work from these authors is very valuable, since it addresses all port key topics, from terminal design, to the governance models and the port-city relationship. A key reference for future researchers.

Bruno Delsalle, General Manager, Association Internationale Villes Ports (AIVP)

One of the daily tasks of any Port Authority is to promote the port activity of all its stakeholders and to make known all the actors of the port-logistic chain and their great contribution to international foreign trade and job creation. This handbook touches on practically all aspects of our sector and is of great help to all of us involved in port promotion: a comprehensive and easy-to-use reference manual for any occasion.

Francesca Antonelli Ibáñez, Marketing & Cruises Manager, Commercial & Business Development, Port Authority of Valencia

Ports are very diverse, they are complex entities combining different tasks and have different responsibilities. At the centre of the economy and society and as engines of growth they are constantly changing and aim at responding to today’s challenges of energy transition and digitalisation. Understanding this complexity is not easy. Explaining this complexity and considering all facets of this complex but fascinating port ecosystem in a comprehensive but clear way is even more difficult. This book sets the bar high but succeeds in its purpose and is a must read for anyone who wants to discover the fascinating world of ports!

Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary General, European Sea Ports Organisation.

The Port Economics, Management and Policy is such an excellent source of knowledge about our cruise industry. We clearly see in a concise manner how we grew up and develop over the years but also the maps and graphs put the light from new perspectives.

Figen Ayan, MedCruise President, Galataport Istanbul Chief Port Officer

With the ongoing global supply chain crisis, accelerated digitalization, and the historical challenge of decarbonizing maritime transport, seaports have come to the forefront of the public debate. “Port Economics, Management and Policy” could not be more timely. The three authors – leading scholars in their field – have produced a magnificent book on the organization of seaports, and how port operation and governance can – and must – contribute to regional, national, and global trade-driven development.

Jan Hoffmann, Head, Trade Logistics Branch, UNCTAD

Port Economics, Management and Policy is a very insightful and valuable analysis of the different models of ports and how they are organized to serve the global economy, regional and local development needs. The book also provides an exhaustive overview of how port ecosystems are becoming logistic and industrial nodes in global supply chains and currently undergoing major transformations. A book to be read by all persons interested in ports and their future role

Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General, Federation of European Private Port Companies and Terminals

While the role of ports hasn’t changed significantly since the dawn of ocean-going trade, their impact and complexity parallel the expansion of globalization and technology. Port Economics, Management and Policy charts this evolution through a thorough, multidisciplinary and multisector review and analysis that deftly explains how supply chain management, automation, digitalization, and sustainability will shape ports of the future.

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor of The Journal of Commerce

Comprehensive in its coverage and thorough in its approach, this multi-disciplinary book has something for every reader. It will be easily understood by those new to the industry or citizens of the local port community, and yet contains nuggets of insight for the most seasoned port professionals. This book will assist those in local government make sense of what ports can do beyond their role as facilitators of trade, exploring their contribution as critical economic, social and environmental tools of development. The authors have not shied away from tackling the emerging trends in this global industry and provide six case studies to enhance our understanding of ports in the 2020s.

Mary R. Brooks, Professor Emerita, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

I warmly recommend ‘Port Economics, Management and Policy” by Theo Notteboom, Thanos Pallis and Jean-Paul Rodrigue. Having personally worked with the authors over many years, I have come to know them as anything but ‘ivory tower’ academics. They combine solid theoretical knowledge with a thorough understanding of how the port and maritime industry works. That is what makes this textbook so unique and a must-have for every port executive.

Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director, International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH)

Working with Theo Notteboom, Thanos Pallis and Jean-Paul Rodrigue is a very enriching and valuable collaboration. Taking advantage of opportunities on both sides, a full and accessible chapter on the topic of circular economy and port ecosystems was swiftly integrated into the online version of the book. We welcome this approach as it provides both an international reference and continuous updates for the benefit of port professionals, researchers and students. I look forward to the ongoing process of deepening the complex topic of circular economy and port ecosystems.

Walter Tempst, Facilitator Circular Economy, Circular Flanders / Circular Ports

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