PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2011, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (12): 1488-1497.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2011.12.004

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Progress of Urban Geography in China (2006-2011)

YU Taofang1, LU Lachang2, LIU Yungang3, SUN Bindong4, WANG Mingfeng4   

  1. 1. Institute of Architecture and Urban Research, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China;
    2. School of Geographical Science, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou 510006, China;
    3. School of Geography and Planning, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China;
    4. The Center for Modern Chinese City Studies, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China
  • Received:2011-11-01 Revised:2011-11-01 Online:2011-12-25 Published:2011-12-25

Abstract: Urban geography is a major branch of numan geography, and is also important for urban studies. In China, the progress of urban feography is closely related to the rapid urbanization process. Generally, urban geography in China has the following features during the past few years. Firstly, the major topics mainly focused on the research of urbanization, urban systems or urban agglomerations, which played important roles for the national development in the social and economic fields. During this period, urban geographers took active part in the strategic decisions for the governments and also for the construction of cities or city-regions. For this, quantitative methods are often adopted. At the same time, new forces or persons are united together worldwide, and new fields of study broadened from the current demands of the society to the long-term need of human beings. Compared with foreign countries, the discipline of urban geography in China has already had its systematic theory such as those associated to urbanization and urban system issues, and most importantly, they are highly practical. In the future, on the one hand, urban geographers in China should continue their theoretical and practical exploration under the long-run urbanization context; on the other hand, they should do more for the current need of urban development.

Key words: China, research progress, urban geography, urbanization