Journal of Geographical Sciences ›› 2017, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (12): 1556-1576.doi: 10.1007/s11442-017-1452-y

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Review of and prospects for China’s human and economic geography

Mingxing CHEN(), Hualou LONG, Chengjin WANG, Jinchuan HUANG, Fangqu NIU*()   

  1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    Key Laboratory of Regional Sustainable Development Modeling, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2017-06-21 Accepted:2017-08-10 Online:2017-12-10 Published:2017-12-10
  • Contact: Fangqu NIU;niufq@lreis.
  • About author:

    Author: Chen Mingxing, PhD and Associate Professor, E-mail:

  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41671125, No.41101119, No.41530634;National Key Research and Development Plan, No.2016YFC0503506


The “High-Level Forum of the Development of China’s Human Geography Under the Background of Change” was held in Beijing on January 22-23, 2016. More than 30 professors attended this forum. At this conference, they discussed the major progress made towards developing China’s human geography, as well as the existing problems, limiting factors, opportunities, international collaborations, emerging directions, and prospects in the development of this discipline. In recent years human geography has boomed, generating many important opportunities for its development. Establishing an academic community for joint research on major research issues and collaborative innovation is a promising and important route to take. We should embrace both domestic and international characteristics, to promote China’s human geography onto the world stage. Meanwhile, the cultivation of various scholarly talents is also of great value to enrich and advance the discipline.

Key words: human and economic geography, research review, prospects, High-Level Forum