SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2023, Vol. 43 ›› Issue (4): 575-585.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2023.04.001

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Theoretical framework of spatial effect assessment of major trans-regional infrastructure

Wang Jiaoe1,2(), Zhang Pei1, Jiao Jingjuan3   

  1. 1. Key Laboratory of Regional Sustainable Development Modeling, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
    2. College of Resources and Environment, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
    3. School of Economics and Management, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044, China
  • Received:2022-05-04 Revised:2022-10-11 Online:2023-04-30 Published:2023-04-20
  • Supported by:
    Major Program of National Social Science Fundation of China(20&ZD099)


The construction of major trans-regional infrastructure is a reflection of national political, economic, social, and technological progress. It is also an important means of optimizing resource allocation, promoting coordinated socio-economic development, and optimizing the governance system of national territorial space. How to scientifically understand and evaluate its spatial effects has become a theoretical problem that the academic community needs to solve. The 'Five-in-One' economic, social, ecological, cultural, and political effects of major trans-regional infrastructure overlap and interact with each other. A reasonable evaluation of their comprehensive effects not only meets the needs of national regional development strategies, but also promotes the solution of practical problems. Against this background, based on the needs of decision-making for the construction and operation of major trans-regional infrastructure, this study systematically sorts out the connotation, types, and functions, as well as the development process of major trans-regional infrastructure in China, and analyzes the theoretical connotation, basic characteristics, and formation mechanism of the spatial effects of major trans-regional infrastructure from the perspectives of geography and economics, and studies the construction of its evaluation framework. The results show that although the theoretical connotation of the spatial effects of major trans-regional infrastructure is constantly expanding with the development of relevant theories, it presents obvious characteristics of comprehensiveness, regionality, and dynamics. Its formation mechanism mainly involves location creation, factor flow, and agglomeration effects. At the same time, considering that the comprehensive evaluation of the spatial effects of major trans-regional infrastructure needs to achieve multiple goals, and different goals often focus on different content and adopt different methods, the evaluation framework and method system should include three levels: evaluation goals, evaluation content, and evaluation methods. Therefore, it can provide practical guidance for the layout optimization of major trans-regional major infrastructure.

Key words: infrastructure, major project, spatial effect assessment, territorial space governance, regional coordination

CLC Number: 

  • F512.99