PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2011, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (12): 1459-1469.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2011.12.001

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Recent Progress and Outlook of Human-Economic Geography in China

FAN Jie1,2, SUNWei1,2   

  1. 1. Key Laboratory of Regional Sustainable Development Modeling, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
    2. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2011-03-01 Revised:2011-06-01 Online:2011-12-25 Published:2011-12-25

Abstract: The past five years is an important period for the development of human-economic geography in China. Led by the social demand of sound urbanization and regional sustainable development in China, human-economic geography has played a leading role in the important national regional planning and strategy consultation, a series of important research results have been adopted by the Central Government and had a favorable impact on the society. Human-economic geographers have made considerable progress in theory and methods construction. There have been great breakthroughs in the National Key Technology R&D Program and the key projects supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China and National Social Science Foundation of China. the quantity and quality of papers and academic books, the scientific reward, the construction of Provincial and Ministerial Key Laboratories and Key Disciplines. In recent years, the development of human-economic geography in China presents the following characteristics: the orientation of interdisciplinary sciences and the value of applied basic research hace been further clarified, the combination of“human geography + economic geography” as the framework of human-economic geography has been formed, the application field based on the man-earth system research has been expanding, the new subject direction and fields geared to the social and cultural development have been strengthened, and the technology of GIS has received more and more attention. Compared with that of foreign countries, human-economic geography in China is lack of a humanization tendency. Although Chinese scholars are good at providing scientific proposals for government decision-makers, they have not reached the required levels of international communication, frontier academic thought and the systemic theoretical originality. In the years to come, the human-economic geography research in China should concentrate on and make breakthroughs in the interdisciplinary research, the theoretical foundation construction and disciplinary framework optimization, and the methods of data acquisition and spatial simulation.

Key words: China, development trend, discipline progress, human-economic geography, interdisciplinary science