PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2018, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (2): 276-286.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2018.02.010

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Influence of ICT on housing and employment related migration space of residents in urban villages: A case study of five urban villages in Beijing

Wensheng LIN1(), Jian FENG1,*, Ye LI2   

  1. 1. College of Urban and Environmental Science, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
    2. China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, Beijing 100871, China;
  • Received:2017-07-27 Revised:2017-11-21 Online:2018-02-28 Published:2018-02-28
  • Contact: Jian FENG
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41671157


In recent years, China's Internet-based information and communication technology (ICT) has experienced rapid development, influencing the economic activities, lifestyle, and other aspects of daily life of rural and urban residents. In this study we surveyed five typical urban villages in Beijing with questionnaire and WeChat interviews, and used an unordered multi-class logistic regression model to verify the influence of information sources on housing and employment related migration space of residents in urban villages. The results show that due to the informal nature of housing market in urban villages that prevents residents from gathering housing information from the Internet, information source has no significant effect on housing related migration distance of residents in urban villages; due to "employment anchor point," "distance attenuation law," and the informal economy, information source has no significant effect on short-distance employment related migration of residents in urban villages, but in a larger spatial scope, residents in urban villages can get employment information through recruitment websites, social networks, and other online sources. The rapid development of ICT enriches their information source, enlarging employment space choices. This study extended our understanding about the influence of ICT on daily activity space of urban residents and the relationship between technology and equality. It also enriches research on spatial behavior of residents.

Key words: ICT, housing related migration space, employment related migration space, informal economy, searching space, urban village in Beijing