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Commission Chair Peter Jordan, PhD., Associate and Honorary Professor

Editor-in-chief, Atlas of Eastern and Southeastern Europe
Chair, Austrian Board on Geographical Names

Mailing address:
Austrian Academy of Sciences
Institute of Urban and Regional Research
Postgasse 7/4/2
A-1010 Wien

Phone: + 43 (1) 51 581 – 3539
Fax: + 43 (1) 51 581 – 3533

e-mail: Peter.Jordan@oeaw.ac.at
homepage: www.oeaw.ac.at/isr

Personal data

Date of birth: 15th November 1949
Birth place: Hermagor/Carinthia, Austria
Family status: Married, two children

Academic education

Studied geography (with a specialisation on cartography) and ethnology at the University of Vienna (PhD 9/7/1979, doctor thesis on "The Problem of International Symbol Standardisation in Cartography" supervised by Erik Arnberger)

25/5/1998 Venia legendi (habilitation) at the University of Klagenfurt for "Geography with special regard to regional geography and cartography" after having submitted the research work "Contributions to the geography of tourism of the northern Croatian coast".

Professional career

Started 1977 as a map editor of the Atlas of the Danubian Countries under Josef Breu as the editor-in-chief;

since 1989 editor-in-chief of a new map series titled Atlas of Eastern and Southeastern Europe (link to publisher), geographical editor of Oesterreichische Osthefte (till 2002), head, Geographical Department of the Austrian Institute of East and Southeast European Studies (AIESEES); research in tourism geography of the northern Croatian coast; publications, partly also research projects on cultural, political, tourism, transportation and regional geography of Central and Southeast Europe as well as on cartographic semiotics and toponomastics;

1994-1998 project management and cartographic editing of the "Resources and Environment. World Atlas"; co-operated in the Austrian Board on Geographic Names (AKO), of which he became deputy chair in 2002;

member of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN), since 2004 co-convenor of its Working Group on Exonyms; became in 1997 deputy director of AIESEES; started teaching courses in geography at the universities of Klagenfurt (1996), Vienna (2001), Rijeka (2003) and Cluj-Napoca (2004); 2001-2005 director of AIESEES (2001-2002 together with Josef Vogl);

since 2007 at the Institute of Urban and Regional Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences; 235 scientific publications and more than 200 presentations of scientific papers in Austria and abroad.

Main fields of research

Geography of tourism, Political and cultural geography of eastern Europe with a regional focus on the successor states of Yugoslavia and on Romania
Atlas cartography, cartographic methods, toponomastics

Functions in scientific boards and organisations

Chair, Austrian Board on Geographical Names
Board member, Austrian Geographical Society (ÖGG)

Other countries
Member, Atlas Commission, German Cartographical Society (DGfK)
Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Institut für donauschwäbische Geschichte und Landeskunde in Tübingen
Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft, München

Chair, International Cartographic Association (ICA), Commission on National and Regional Atlases
Austrian Delegate, United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN)
Co-convenor; Working Group on Exonyms, United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names
Chair, Dutch and German Speaking Division (DGSD), United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names
Permanent Member, Permanent Committee on Geographical Names (StAGN)

Membership in editorial boards

"Turizam/Tourism" (Zagreb)
"Tourism and Hospitality Management" (Opatija/Wien)
"Hrvatski geografski glasnik" (Zagreb)
"Romanian Review of Regional Studies" (Cluj-Napoca)
"Review of Historical Geography and Toponomastics" (Timişoara)
"Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic series" (Toruń)


Dr. Adolf Schaerf Award

Honorary Member, Croatian Geographical Society

Honorary Member, Hungarian Geographical Society

Professor honoris causa, Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca