PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2018, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (3): 309-316.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2018.03.001

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Integration and innovation paths of human geography

Fengjun JIN1,2(), Haitao JIN1,2,3,*()   

  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
    3. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Received:2018-02-04 Revised:2018-02-25 Online:2018-03-28 Published:2018-03-28
  • Contact: Haitao JIN;
  • Supported by:
    Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.XDA19040403;National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41771134


This article addresses the complexity of human geography, which is comprehensive and frequently interactive with other scientific disciplines. Economic, social, and ecological issues are core subjects in the development of human geography discipline, with technological drivers as one of its new features. Sustainability concerned and technology-oriented are two new characters of human geography in a fast-changing world, and the discipline is being reshaped by advanced technologies. Under the background of rapid economic and social changes and technological development, human geography will interact more with issues of industrial location, social equity, ecological factors, as well as information technologies. Future developments may include: theoretical innovations that give individuals more central place than before; technological innovations based on spatial data analyses; new application models that integrate emerging industries; and conceptual innovations that that place great emphases on ecological and environmental factors. Proposals on how to realize these changes are also presented, with new approaches to neo-location theory, spatial and space customization, and geographical format introduced.

Key words: human geography, innovation of human geography, neo-location theory, spatial and space regulation and customization, geographical format