Transport and Economic Geography

  • Basic theories of transport and economic geography (including regulation theory, demographic transition, centrality and spatial models, innovation/diffusion).
  • Economic geographic framework (globalization, slowbalization, de-globalization)
  • Europe in an economic and transport geographic overview
  • Global trade and goods flows/transport modes
  • Socio-economic development of the main economic powers (EU/USA/China) and sustainability
  • Trends of digitalization in the logistics and transport sector
  • Main traffic and transport routes (worldwide/Europe/Austria)
  • Europe in the Triad and other leading economic regions
  • Location theories - Austria/Vienna as a location for multinational (regional) headquarters
  • Boom areas of the world economy (Central and Eastern Europe, Asia -focus on China (Belt and Road Initiative)

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

Breinbauer, A.: Skriptum Verkehrs- und Wirtschaftsgeografie (wird in der LV zur Verfügung gestellt).
Breinbauer, A. Brennan, L., Jäger, J. Nachbagauer, A.G.M. u. Nölke, A. (Hrsg.) (2019): Emerging Market Multinationals and Europe. Challenges and Strategies. Springer.
Bathelt, H./Glücker, J. (2018): Wirtschaftsgeografie. Ökonomische Beziehungen in räumlicher Perspektive, utb, Stuttgart, 4. Auflage.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture and reflection, discussion of current topics

Assessment methods and criteria

  • Written exam (100%): this includes a test of students' ability to apply theories and discuss fact-based transportation and economic geography problems using specific questions with regional implications
  • Formal criteria: completeness of answers, linguistic complexity, and independence of results presentation

Prerequisites and co-requisites



Degree programme

Logistics & Transport Management (Bachelor)



ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



1 WS



Learning outcome

Upon successful completion of the course students can

  • present the basic economic and transport geographic theories (1) and apply them to specific regions of the world, especially in the expansion markets that are important for the Austrian economy (especially BRIC countries, Central and Eastern Europe, Black Sea region) (3)
  • present essential developments of digitalization in the global transport and logistics segment (1)
  • explain the connection between socio-economic developments of major economic geographic regions and sustainability aspects (2)
  • to specify the development of logistics and supply chain management in the context of the dynamic development of global socio-economic processes, such as globalization (hyperglobalization, slowbalization, de-globalization) (2)
  • to explain (2), assess (4) and evaluate (5) systemic interrelationships in traffic and transport systems
  • classify these interrelationships in global, supranational, and regional economic and transport geographic frameworks (2)

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