Walther, Olivier

Olivier J. Walther is an Associate Professor at the Department of Border Region Studies (IFG) at the University of Southern Denmark and a Visiting Professor at the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. Dr. Walther engages with the study of social actors whose main resource comes from the crossing of a national border, such as cross-border policy-makers, traders, and terrorists.  In Western Europe, his primary research interest lies in the comparative study of cross-border metropolitan regions.  He has studied the geography of cross-border labor markets and the structure of cross-border policy networks in four European regions. In West Africa, he studies how local entrepreneurs have successfully adapted to transformations affecting the global economy by developing flexible and informal networks.  His research also addresses the development of terrorist activities in the Sahel-Sahara. Over the last years, Dr. Walther's research has been funded by the National Research Fund of Luxembourg, the European Spatial Planning Observatory (ESPON), the European Commission, and the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD). His work combines geographic information systems, social network analysis, statistical analysis and qualitative interviews. Walther has traveled and conducted extensive surveys to such diverse locations as Luxembourg, France, Germany and Switzerland in Western Europe, and to Niger, Nigeria, Benin, Mali, Mauritania and Ghana in West Africa. He is also the Africa Editor of the Journal of Borderlands Studies. Dr. Walther presently teaches a course on European Integration and a course on Social Networks. He is the Africa Editor of the Journal of Borderlands Studies (Routledge).

Faculty Type: 
Department: 
Deparment of Border Region Studies - University of Southern Denmark
Title: 
Visiting Professor
Education: 
Ph.D. Geography, University of Lausanne

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