State-of-the-art studies

Mina Akhavan*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Port-cities are not only cities that exist on the shoreline, but economic centres, which are maritime-based by nature. These cities are thriving on maritime flows and connections to trade dynamics, which allow them to take advantage of their strategic location and commercial connections. Maritime ports and the cities hosting them, i.e. port-cities, have long fascinated scholars—geographers, economists, architects, urban planners, sociologists etc.—as they become centres of exchange where different social and urban environments meet, at the intersection between land and sea. This introductory chapter sets the foundation for the twofold argument of this book on port-city development trajectories throughout time, and the evolution of port geography, East versus the West.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology
ISSN (Print)2191-530X
ISSN (Electronic)2191-5318


  • Case-study approach
  • Port geography
  • Port-city literature


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