BA (hons), MA (Manchester), PhD (Canterbury), Grad Cert Education (Cambridge), DLitt (ANU)
Human geography

Professor Peter Rimmer is an economic geographer who specialises in urban and regional development within the Asian-Pacific Rim with a particular emphasis on the role of communications and transport (road, rail, sea and air). He has undertaken research work in China, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. He has completed an economic history of Southeast Asia with Associate Professor Howard Dick (University of Melbourne) which has examined the impact of technological change on city systems and systems of cities within Southeast Asia since 1850. They have also collaborated on a second text on re-thinking the city in Southeast Asia which explores ways of moving beyond outmoded paradigm of the Third World City by examining patterns, processes and policy. Currently, he is working on a study of global and local logistics, with a particular emphasis on Asian-Pacific perspectives. This study stems from the period when he was resident in Korea as the Hanjin Shipping Chair Professor of Global Logistics in the Graduate School of Logistics at Inha University, Incheon.

In 2022 Professor Peter Rimmer received the J.P. Thomson Medal from the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland and gave the Oration on China's Geologistics. 

Howard Dick and Peter J. Rimmer (2003) Cities, Transport and Communications: The Integration of Southeast Asia since 1850. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Peter J. Rimmer and Howard Dick (2009) The City in Southeast Asia: Patterns, Processes and Policy. Singapore, NSU Press and Hawaii, University of Hawaii Press.


P.J. Rimmer (2018). 'Geopolitics and Geo-economics in Eurasia and the Into-Pacific Rim', in Shiping Hua (ed) Routledge Handbook on Comparative Asian Politics, Routledge: New York and London: 472-489 (Chapter 32).

P.J. Rimmer (2018). 'China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Underlying Economic and International Relations', Asian Pacific Economic Literature, 32 (2): 3-26.

P.J. Rimmer and C. Comtois (2018).' The Great Canadian Grain Logistics Crisis of 2013-14 and Its Aftermath', Journal of International Logistics and Trade, 16 (2): 57-73.

P.J. Rimmer and B.H. Kam (2018) Consumer Logistics: The Digital Wave, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing. pp. xii +182


P.J. Rimmer and H.W. Dick

'Gateways, Corridors and Peripheries', in Rita Padawangi (ed), Routledge Handbook on Urbanization in Southeast Asia, Routledge, London and New York. Pp. 9-30 (Chapter 1).

B.H. Kam and P.J. Rimmer (2022).  Configured by Consumption: How Consumption-Demand Will Reshape Supply Chain Operations (Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, MA, US: Edward Elgar Publishing. Pp. i-xi + 180.