HR Prof. h.c. Univ.-Doz. Dr.

Peter Jordan

Retired staff member

T +43 1 51581 - 3539


Born 1949 in Hermagor/Carinthia [Kärnten], Austria; studied geography and ethnology at the Vienna University, PhD 1979; 1998 habilitation at the Klagenfurt University; 1977-1988 map editor at the Atlas of the Danubian Countries; 1989-2014 editor-in-chief, Atlas of Eastern and Southeastern Europe with 30 instalments published; 1994-1998 project manager, Resources and Environment - World Atlas; 1997-2001 deputy director, 2002-2005 director, Austrian Institute of East and Southeast European Studies; from 2007 at the Institute of Urban and Regional Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences. Research fields: Cultural and Political geography of eastern Europe, geography of tourism, toponomastics, geolinguistics, geography of transportation, atlas cartography, theoretical cartography. Teaches at the universities of Vienna, Klagenfurt and Cluj-Napoca (Romania); more than 350 scientific publications and 340 paper presentations.

Areas of Research

  • Cultural and Political geography of eastern Europe
  • Toponomastics
  • Geolinguistics
  • Geography of tourism
  • Geography of transportation
  • Atlas cartography
  • Theoretical cartography


  • ICA Chair, Joint ICA/IGU Commission on Toponymy
  • Corresponding Member, Permanent Committee on Geographical Names (StAGN)
  • Member, Executive Board, Austrian Geographical Society (ÖGG)
  • Editor (together with Paul Woodman) of the toponymic book series „Name & Place. Contributions to Toponymic Literature and Research“, Verlag Dr. Kovač, Hamburg, so far 8 volumes published

Editorial board member with the periodicals


  • 1978
    Dr. Adolf Schärf Award
  • 1995
    Honorary Member, Croatian Geographical Society
  • 2006
    Honorary Member, Hungarian Geographical Society
  • 2007
    Honorary Professor, Babes Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • 2014
    Honorary Member, Czech Geographical Society
    Honorary Member, Moldavian Society for Geography and Ethnology
    Great Distinction for Merits for the Republic of Austria
  • 2015
    Honorary Member, Austrian Geographical Society
    Honorary Member, Romanian Geographical Society
  • 2017
    Honorary Member, Association of Slovenian Geographers
    Research Fellow, University of the Free State, Südafrika
    United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names, Certificate of Commendation
  • 2018
    Honorary Member, Polish Geographical Society
  • 2019
    Einspieler Award for special merits for the Slovenian ethnic group in Austria

Recent Publications

JORDAN, Peter (2019), Languages and Space-Related Identity: The Rise and Fall of Serbo-Croatian. In: BRUNN, Stanley D.; KEHREIN, Roland (Hg.): Handbook of the Changing World Language Map, S. 541-561. Cham, Springer Nature Switzerland AG Onlineausgabe 2019, Druckausgabe 2020.

JORDAN, Peter (2019), The endonym/exonym divide from a cultural-geographical perspective. In: Language and Society, 10, 2019, S. 5-21.