Prof. Dr. Rudolf Juchelka | Economic Geography, esp. Transport and Logistics

Personal Details

Professor Juchelka was born in 1969 in Aachen. He studied geography, German language and literature, geographic economics, and education at the RWTH Aachen and the University of Bonn. He was awarded the BMW Scientific Award 1995. He received his Ph.D. from the RWTH Aachen in 1997 with a thesis on visitors to the inner city of Aachen and the traffic initiated by them. He earned his postdoctoral lecturer qualification from the Department of Mining, Metallurgy and Geosciences of the same university in 2004 with a thesis on “Added value by restructuring”. Since 1993, he worked as a lecturer in the Institute of Geography of the RWTH Aachen. In 2000, he has made a research stay for half a year in the Department of Applied Regional and Economic Geography of the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. Since 2007 he has been appointed as full professor at the University of Duisburg-Essen to hold the Chair of Economic Geography. The main research areas of Prof. Juchelka treat of transportation and logistics.


The University of Duisburg-Essen takes first place among the 50 bet logistics colleges of Germany. Most of the top students at its European competitors have enrolled at the University of Duisburg-Essen. This is the result of a comparative performance by the professional journal logistics within the university, which is printed in the topic issues. The Department of Economic Geography is involved with a module in the master study Logistics Management and Technical Logistics, offering courses in global economic geography, national transport policy, mobility management and sustainability issues in traffic.


The recent research focus of professor Juchelka and his group is on following problems:

  • Economic Geography in applied, empirical orientation
  • Traffic geography and logistics: passenger and cargo traffic, air traffic, border traffic, ports and hubs of the traffic
  • Combination of economic and traffic geography: airport-logistics-parks, traffic knots as economic centres (railway stations, airports, airport-cities)
  • Geography of the services: trade, real estate economy
  • Rail and air traffic with the focus on infrastructure nodes and their importance for socioeconomic development.

Selected recent research projects have been:

  • Prevention and conjunction in transportation sector at End-of-runway-Logistic-sites identification and evaluation of network potential at logistic sites of airport-bonded and –oriented traffic
  • Airports as office locations
  • Real estate location development area potential in city centres
  • Border-crossing rail traffic: Euregio railway – network expansion to Belgium
  • Transportation choice of the pupils at St. Ursula high school in Geilenkirchen
  • Structure of retail trade in Heimbach
  • Railway stations: hubs of the rail infrastructure, economic location and urban development factor (in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB and the Economics University of Vienna, applied regional and economic geography)

Professor Juchelka has authored numerous scientific publications which appeared in refereed journals like Geographic Review, Geography of the Maas-Rhine Euro-Region, Geography Today, Magazine for Applied Geography, National Map of Germany, Sustainable Mobility, Yearly Geographic Report on Austria and so on. His research is highly appreciated and financially supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) of Germany.