PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2016, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (6): 779-792.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2016.06.011

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Identification and change of research hotspots on rural space diversification

Juan ZHANG1,2(), Maojun WANG1,*()   

  1. 1. College of Resource, Environment and Tourism, Capital Normal University, Beijing 100048, China
    2. Research Center of Energy Economy, Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo 454000, Henan, China
  • Online:2016-06-30 Published:2016-06-28
  • Contact: Maojun WANG;
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41571154;National Science and Technology Support Program of China, No.2013BAJ10B01;Special Fund for Basic Scientific Research of Henan Polytechnic University, No.SKJYB2016-04


With the transformation of rural economy, society, and culture and other social aspects, capitalization and diversification of rural space including settlements, population, and agriculture have become apparent, therefore diversification of rural space has become a new focus in academic research. This article examined the research trends of rural space diversification using hotspot identification and change by CiteSpaceⅢ. In general, hotspots of international research on rural space diversification have been changing from agricultural production-oriented to consumer-oriented, and the research content is relatively mature, while in China, in a stage of rapid urbanization, research on rural space diversification has been of a relatively short history. The current research still concentrates on agricultural production and rural governance, and consumer-oriented research is in its infancy. In the future, important research areas in China should include multidimensional considerations of capitalization and diversification of rural space, their interaction with urban elements, and rural space diversification models and their identification.

Key words: rural space diversification, hotspots identification, hotspots change, orientation and prospect