PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2015, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (8): 1019-1030.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2015.08.009

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Research progress and prospect of rural transformation and reconstruction in China: paradigms and main content

YANG Ren1(), LIU Yansui2,3,*(), LONG Hualou2, ZHANG Yijun1   

  1. 1. School of Geography and Planning, Sun Yat- Sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
    2. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    3. School of Resource Science, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
  • Online:2015-08-25 Published:2015-08-25
  • Contact: LIU Yansui;


Rural transformation is a leading human process accompanying urban-rural development and the transformation of economic development mode, under the background of rapid urbanization in the past few decades in China. In the study of rural transformation process, spatial reconstruction mechanism and optimal rural spatial reconstruction are of great significant. Using the theory of human-nature relationship in the territorial system, the process of rural transformation and interaction mechanism between this process and land use transformation should be analyzed in future studies to examine the mechanism of rural spatial reconstruction and the pattern of optimal spatial reorganization that affect the process of rural transformation. The integration of remote sensing and GIS and sampling survey and modeling methods should be used to: (1) analyze the process and dynamic patterns of rural transformation and its geographical types; (2) explore the collaborative mechanism between rural transformation and land use transformation; (3) establish models for optimal spatial reorganization that affects rural transformation; (4) identify typical patterns of rural transformation and land use allocation that affect rural spatial reconstruction indifferent functional types; and (5) systematically analyze the mechanism of different rural development patterns and the main regional geographical features. Combined with empirical studies, this research compares and analyzes typical development patterns in terms of the evolution process and interaction mechanism among various factors, to explore geographical patterns and methods for rural spatial reconstruction.

Key words: rural system, rural transformation, rural spatial reconstruction, rural geography