About the expertPeter V Hall is Associate Dean, FASS and Professor of Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, where he teaches economic development, transportation geography and research methods. He received his doctorate in city and regional planning from the University of California at Berkeley, and he previously worked in local government in Durban, South Africa. His research examines the connections between port cities, seaports and logistics, as well as community, local economic, and employment development. His publications include the co-edited “Integrating Seaports and Trade Corridors” (Ashgate, 2011) and “Cities, Regions and Flow” (Routledge, 2013), as well as numerous journal articles, book chapters and reports. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Transport Geography, and director of the "Reclaiming the New Westminster Waterfront Research Partnership".
Ports and waterfronts are fascinating and important because they are places where communities, cities and regions meet global economic actors and forces