Journal of Geographical Sciences ›› 2021, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (9): 1349-1364.doi: 10.1007/s11442-021-1900-6

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A strategy of the rural governance for territorial spatial planning in China

GE Dazhuan(), LU Yuqi   

  1. Jiangsu Center for Collaborative Innovation in Geographical Information Resource Development and Application, School of Geography, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023, China
  • Received:2021-06-02 Accepted:2021-07-20 Online:2021-09-25 Published:2021-09-16
  • About author:Ge Dazhuan (1987-), PhD, specialized in rural spatial governance and spatial use regulation. E-mail:
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(41901204);China Postdoctoral Science Foundation(2019M660109);China Postdoctoral Science Foundation(2021T140303);The Foundation of Humanity and Social Sciences of the Ministry of Education of China(19YJCZH036);Jiangsu Provincial Science Foundation(BK20190717);Jiangsu Provincial Social Science Foundation(19GLC002)


Rural spatial governance has become an important part of the spatial governance system under the unified management of urban and rural spaces. In-depth theoretical and practical research on rural spatial governance in terms of promoting national spatial planning can help improve the planning and regulation system of rural space. Beginning with a description of rural spatial governance, this paper constructs a theoretical analysis framework of rural spatial governance based on the comprehensive perspective of spatial governance. The study also discusses the internal processes and feasible paths of rural spatial governance in territorial spatial planning and outlines the theoretical and practical research for enhancing rural spatial governance. The conclusions are as follows: (1) Rural spatial governance starts with the coordination theory of human-land relationships in the rural regional system. Through planning and negotiation, governance has effective regulation of rural space and allocates spatial rights in an orderly manner. Rural spatial governance highlights the comprehensive governance processes that combine “top-down” and “bottom-up” participation by multiple subjects. (2) Through the “action-efficiency-target” system, the comprehensive governance analysis framework of “matter-organization-ownership” in rural space provides an effective scheme for constructing rural spatial governance. Rural spatial governance is characterized by both rigidity and flexibility, the interaction between physical space and spatial relationships, and the superposition of spatial ownership and spatial organization. (3) The rural spatial governance features of interconnecting various scales (regional-village-plot) are conducive to improving the rural spatial governance system. (4) The governance means, participation modes, and value-sharing mechanisms of rural spatial governance help enrich the territorial spatial planning system, promote the integration of multiple regulations, refine the regulation of land use, and ensure good rural governance and ecological governance.

Key words: rural spatial restructuring, rural revitalization, spatial governance, village planning, territorial spatial planning