SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2018, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (7): 1012-1022.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2018.07.002

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Retrospect and Prospect on Human Geography Research: In Honor of the 60th Anniversary of Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Pingyu Zhang(), Daqian Liu, Shiwei Liu   

  1. Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130102, Jilin, China
  • Received:2018-05-15 Revised:2018-06-30 Online:2018-07-20 Published:2018-07-20
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(41571152,41771161,41601124)


Human Geography is an essential branch of Geography and an indispensable aspect for regional geographical research. Since the founding of Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IGA) in 1958, Human Geography has become one of the major research areas in IGA and made remarkable progress. Our research has always adhered to a stable discipline orientation in the field of Human Geography with clear times characteristics for solving key issues on regional development in Northeast China. In discipline division, Human Geography research in IGA incorporate agricultural geography, industrial geography, urban geography and regional planning etc. In the past 60 years, human geography scholars have carried out a large number of basic and application research works in the fields of agricultural development and distribution, industrial development and layout, urbanization and urban development, regional sustainable development, and regional planning and so on. And based on these research works, fruitful achievements have been achieved, and these achievements played an important role to the economic and social development of the Northeast region. Especially since the beginning of the 21st century, the central government implemented the strategy of revitalizing Northeast China and other old industrial bases, IGA has undertaken a series of projects covering regional urbanization, city reconstruction and transformation, agricultural economy and commodity grain base layout, regional planning and sustainable development strategy etc.. In the field of human geography and regional development, our institute got 26 projects which granted by National Science Foundation of China. In 2007-2009, IGA researchers completed the Major Function Oriented Zoning for Jilin Province and Heilongjiang Province. Based on these projects, 10 books and more than 300 journal articles were published, and some research results have been used by governments at all levels. Facing the developing trend of human geography and the requirement of the national strategies in the future, the human geography research will still focus on the theme of revitalizing the old industrial bases and sustainable development in Northeast China. The major research will be oriented to modern agriculture and rural revitalization, new-type urbanization and urban transformation, industrial adjustment and layout optimization, territory spatial planning and regional governance, cross-border economic cooperation, resources-environment and sustainable development and so forth. It is very needed to further explore the evolutionary pattern of human-earth interaction system in the Northeast old industrial base and uphold the research feature of human geography. In order to improve the capability to serve the national socioeconomic development, human geographical research should keep developing the theory and pursuing more advanced methodology and strengthen the academic team.

Key words: Human Geography, regional development, discipline construction, Northeast China, IGA CAS

CLC Number: 

  • K901