Progress of research on urban-rural transformation and rural development in China

 

Progress of research on urban-rural transformation and rural development in China in the past decade and future prospects

LIU Yansui1,2, LONG Hualou1, CHEN Yufu1, WANG Jieyong1,2, LI Yurui1,
LI Yuheng1, YANG Yuanyuan1,2, ZHOU Yang1,2
1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
2. Academy of Land and Urban-Rural Development, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China

Abstract: Urban-rural transformation and rural development are issues at the forefront of research on the topic of the urban-rural relationship in the field of geography, as well as important practical problems facing China’s new urbanization and overall planning of urban and rural development. The Center for Regional Agricultural and Rural Development, part of the
Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, was established in 2005. The Center has laid solid foundations for integrating research in the areas of agricultural geography and rural development in China over the past decade. The paper aims to review the major achievements in rural geographical research in China during the past decade, analyze innovative developments in relevant theories and methods, and suggest prospects and countermeasures for promoting comprehensive studies of urban-rural transformation and rural geography. The research shows that innovative achievements have been made in rural geography studies of China in the past decade as major national policy development, outputs of result and decision making support; new breakthroughs have been achieved in such major research projects as geographical integrated theory, land remediation projects and technology demonstration projects, new urbanization and urban-rural integration; significant progress has been made in actively expanding the frontiers of rural geography and pushing forward theoretical innovations in land and resource projects; and, with China’s development goals of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and achieving modernization in mind, future innovative developments
in agricultural and rural geography should aim to make research more strategic, systematic, scientific and security-oriented, with attention given to promoting systematic scientific research on international cooperation and global rural geography.

Citation: LIU Yansui, LONG Hualou, CHEN Yufu et al. Progress of research on urban-rural transformation and rural development in China in the past decade and future prospects. Journal of Geographical Sciences. 2016, 26(8): 1117-1132.