Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2013, Vol. 68 ›› Issue (10): 1307-1315.doi: 10.11821/dlxb201310001

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Characteristics of human geographical proposals of National Natural Science Foundation of China

LENG Shuying   

  1. National Natural Science Foundation of China, Beijing 100085, China
  • Received:2013-08-13 Revised:2013-09-13 Online:2013-10-20 Published:2013-11-20

Abstract: The article explores the characteristics of human geography of China in recent years, based on a study of human geographical proposals of National Natural Science Foundation of China from 2007 to 2011, which includes an analysis of application code, key research area and research contents of these proposals. The conclusions can be drawn as follows. (1) More complicated research issues and more interdisciplinary research projects make it difficult for us to distinguish human geography from other relevant disciplines; (2) research interest reflects the characteristics of the times and presents a balanced distribution in the number of disciplinary orientations; (3) more key words have appeared, but less disciplinary identity was shown in the representations; (4) topic selection is featured by local application, and the awareness of disciplinary system construction is increasing.

Key words: topic selection, National Natural Science Foundation, characteristics, human geography