PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2021, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (1): 95-103.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2021.01.009

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A logical framework of rural-urban governance from the perspective of social-ecological resilience

LIU Zhimin(), YE Chao*()   

  1. School of Geographic Sciences, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241, China
  • Received:2020-10-12 Revised:2020-11-19 Online:2021-01-28 Published:2021-03-28
  • Contact: YE Chao;
  • Supported by:
    Major Program of National Social Science Foundation of China(19ZDA086)


Along with the rapid progress of urbanization, dramatic changes in the ecological environment and profound changes in the social and economic systems have made issues related to China's urban and rural development more prominent. Urban and rural governance faces new challenges. The concept of social-ecological resilience may shed some light on changes in the practice of rural-urban governance, but there is a lack of research on the relationship between them. Focusing on major issues of urban and rural development in China, this study clarified the relationship between social-ecological resilience and urban and rural development, and constructed a logical framework of rural-urban governance from the perspective of social-ecological resilience. The framework aims to promote urban and rural integration and sustainable development by introducing the key characteristics of social-ecological resilience (coupling, self-organization, and learning) into rural-urban governance mechanisms (planning, participation, and policy). In the future, social and ecological issues should be taken into overall consideration in rural-urban governance, with the idea of human-earth system coupling. A multiple-tiered network of coordinated rural-urban governance should be established. Attention should be paid to the cultivation of cooperation and innovation of the participants at different scales, especially to the construction of learning and adaptability of urban and rural communities. In practice, it is necessary to make full use of spatial planning, to incorporate ecosystem services into rural-urban spatial governance and take them as a priority. The goal of enhancing the resilience and adaptive capacity of urban and rural areas to uncertain challenges will be achieved by coordinating the relationship between ecosystem services and human well-being.

Key words: social-ecological systems, resilience, human-environment coupling, self-organization, adaptive governance