PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2011, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (4): 433-441.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2011.04.006

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Review and Prospect of World Regional Studies

MAO Hanying   

  1. Key Laboratory of Regional Sustainable Development Modeling, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2010-10-01 Revised:2010-11-01 Online:2011-04-25 Published:2011-04-25

Abstract: In the 70 years after the founding of the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research of CAS, adhering to the principle of serving national political struggle and social economic construction, world regional studies have made a series of significant achievements, including the geopolitics and geo-economics, comprehensive study of national and regional geography, branches of geography and thematic studies, comparative studies between China and foreign countries, and popularization of world regional studies. There are some problems in the research work: lack of advance, non systematic work, backward research methods, single information source and shallow study depth. According to the demands for domestic and foreign political and economic development, the future world regional studies should take geopolitics and geo-economics as the main line, strengthening the major thematic studies of surrounding nations and regions, expanding the research on marine geography and maritime rights, facilitating the research team-building and innovation of research methods.

Key words: geopolitics and geo-economics, marine geography, national and regional geography, thematic studies, world regional studies