PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2020, Vol. 39 ›› Issue (2): 298-309.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2020.02.011

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Research progress and prospect of land-use conflicts in China

ZOU Lilin1,2, LIU Yansui2,*(), WANG Yongsheng2   

  1. 1. School of Political Science and Public Administration / Center for Political Development and Public Governance Research, Huaqiao University, Quanzhou 362021, Fujian, China
    2. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2019-03-12 Revised:2019-06-17 Online:2020-02-28 Published:2020-04-28
  • Contact: LIU Yansui
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(41601599);China Postdoctoral Science Foundation(2019M650826)


China is in a critical period of economic transformation and social development, which brings great pressure and challenges to land use. Therefore, imbalanced land-use structure and conflicting land utilization become more common, which result in more attention to land-use conflicts and thus increasingly more related studies has appeared, but there is a lack of systematic review and compilation of existing research. This study examined the research related to land-use conflicts in China through literature analysis and comparative analysis, and identified the research trends. First, this article points out that land-use conflict refers to the phenomenon of spatial competition and conflicting interests between people and land caused by the way and structure of land use by stakeholders in the process of land use, which was defined by the comparison and identification among relevant concepts related to land-use conflicts in the existing literature. Second, the Chinese land-use conflict research results were summarized and elaborated from six aspects, including the theoretical basis of land-use conflicts, the stakeholders in land-use conflicts, the identification and intensity diagnosis of land-use conflicts, the forms and classification of land-use conflicts, the evolution of land-use conflicts and its driving mechanisms, and the reconciliation program of land-use conflicts. Finally, through reviewing and comparing Chinese and international research results, this article puts forward the future direction of China's land-use conflict research: 1) Complement and improvement of land-use conflicts theoretical system under the background of economic and social transformation. 2) Content expansion and paradigm innovation of land-use conflict research considering the global scale. 3) Spatial justice and efficiency of land-use conflict resolution in the context of rural revitalization strategy. 4) Quantitative and precision management of land-use conflicts with the support of participatory GIS. 5) Coordination and trade-off of land-use conflict resolution under the integration of national spatial planning systems. 6) Comprehensive analysis and results application of land-use conflicts from the perspective of multidisciplinary integration.

Key words: land-use conflicts, research progress, prospect, China