PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2011, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (10): 1298-1304.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2011.10.012

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Geographical Distribution and Regional Differentiation of Contemporary Geographical Professors and Researchers in China

LI Shuangshuang, YAN Junping   

  1. School of Tourism and Environment, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an 710062, China
  • Received:2011-03-01 Revised:2011-06-01 Online:2011-10-25 Published:2011-10-25

Abstract: There have been few studies on the talents with geographical background. Based on the statistical data, this article examines Chinese contemporary geographical professors and researchers in several aspects, including the number, age structure, native place, geographical distribution and regional differentiation, and reveals the reasons for regional differences and relevant influencing factors. The results show that there is greater regional differentiation in eastern China than in western China, and also greater in southern China than in northern China. A large number of geographical brains are concentrated in Shaanxi, Guangdong, Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces, while fewer professors and researchers are distributed in northwestern China. The regional differences, to a certain extent, have been formed due to the intrinsic factors of geographical scholars, while they are affected by some factors such as economic condition, politics, and culture.

Key words: China, geographical brain, professor, regional differentiation, researcher