Dr. César Ducruet is geographer and Research Director for the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) at the research laboratory UMR 8504 Géographie-Cités (Sorbonne University). His research interests include network analysis, urban & regional development, and spatial analysis, through the looking glass of ports and shipping networks, with a special focus on Europe and Asia. After being post-doctoral fellow in South Korea (KRIHS) and The Netherlands (Erasmus University), he worked as expert for various organisations (OECD, World Bank, Korea Maritime Institute, JETRO), guest lectured at several institutes (Chinese Academy of Sciences, ITMMA, HK PolyU, Ecole de Management de Normandie, NEOMA Business School, University of Catania, ENSTA Paris-Tech), and is a member of the STAR Alliance (HK), the GIS of Maritime History and Sciences (France), Chair of Regional Development for the World Transport Convention (China), and editorial board member of Journal of Transport Geography, Portus, and Mappemonde. He is currently Principal Investigator of the ERC Starting Grant "World Seastems" (2013-2019) research project analysing the evolution of global shipping networks since the late nineteenth century, and published two edited books on Maritime Networks (2015) and Shipping Data Analysis (2017) in the Routledge Studies in Transport Analysis. He has published more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 30 book chapters in the last 15 years or so.