PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2017, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (2): 207-218.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2017.02.007

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Progress and prospect of research on urban ecological space

Fuyuan WANG1,2,3(), Kaiyong WANG1,2,*(), Tian CHEN1,2, Ping LI1,2,3   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    2. Key Laboratory of Regional Sustainable Development Modeling, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    3. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Online:2017-02-20 Published:2017-02-20
  • Contact: Kaiyong WANG;
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41371178


Urban ecological space is a main part of urban space, which is the interdisciplinary research topic in the urban planning, ecology and geography domain. Based on the analysis of literature related to urban ecological space(UES) home and abroad, the paper defined the urban ecological space and summarized the advance and limitations of domestic studies, pointed out that the foreign studies made important progresses in the effects of UES on residents' well-being and its mechanism, the UES perception, use behaviors and its influencing factors, economic and socio-cultural impacts of UES, UES governance methods and principles, UES pattern and optimization guided by social justice concept. In addition, humanistic approaches were applied widely. Accordingly, the paper proposed that future researches should focus on residents' well-being and pay more attention to social-ecological interaction and its mechanism, and the governance of public available UES, promote UES pattern and planning research guided by the concept of justice. At the same time, the application of multidisciplinary cross methods (such as humanism and behaviorism methods) should be strengthened.

Key words: urbanized area, urban ecological space, domestic studies, foreign studies, research prospect