PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2012, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (2): 231-238.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2012.02.012

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Research Progress of Logistics Geography in China

ABUDUWEILI Maihepula1,2,3, YANG Degang1   

  1. 1. Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, CAS, Urumqi 830011, China;
    2. Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China;
    3. Xinjiang Academy of Social Sciences, Urumqi 830011, China
  • Received:2011-10-01 Revised:2012-01-01 Online:2012-02-25 Published:2012-02-25

Abstract: From a geographical perspective, the paper classifies the logistics study in China, aiming to built up its theoretical context. Based on the research which was done by Chinese researchers in 1990-2010, this paper introduces the stage of research progress on logistics geography, clarifies the academic bridging point between geography and logistics, and lists the representative documents by using the methods of literature research. The study shows that the geographical perspective of logistics study in China consists of three theoretical contexts: transportation geography, commercial geography and international logistics theory. Geographical studies, whether at the basic theoretical level, or at the methodological level, have affected the study of logistics activities profoundly, and made the logistics geography an important foundation and conditions for building a discipline system. Discipline discussion in logistics geography have focused on subject property, study object and methodology in China. The study also indicates that the China’s main research on logistics geography has placed much emphasis on transport geography, regional logistics, geographic information system of logistics and comprehensive methodology of logistics study. Then the paper summarizes the achievements and shortcomings of logistics geography study. Finally, based on current research and economic environment of China, the authors discusses the important research fields and developing trend of logistics geography in China.

Key words: geography, logistics, research progress