Prof. dr. Ben Derudder

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Tenured Academic Staff (Part-time)
Research unit
Social and Economic Geography


Ben Derudder is a Professor of Urban Geography at the Department of Geography and a Visiting Professor at Shanghai Normal University. He is also an Associate Director of the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) research network, as well as an Editor of Regional Studies. Most of Ben’s research deals with the analysis of urban questions from a spatial perspective. To date, three recurring research themes have been the analysis of (1) city networks at the global scale, (2) urban polycentricity, and (3) the potential and limitations of the use of ‘urban big data’.