Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2017, Vol. 72 ›› Issue (11): 1952-1973.doi: 10.11821/dlxb201711004

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Development and innovations in the human geography discipline at Peking University

Changchun FENG(), Canfei HE, Hui DENG, Jian LIN, Guangzhong CAO, Yanwei CHAI, Bihu WU, Yanguang CHEN, Jian FENG, Pengjun ZHAO, Feng SONG, Linlin DAI, Shengjun ZHU   

  1. College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
  • Received:2017-10-25 Revised:2017-11-05 Online:2017-11-20 Published:2017-11-16
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Funds for Distinguished Young Scholar, No.41425001;National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41371534, No.41571147


The Human Geography Discipline at Peking University (PKU) originated from the Economic Geography Discipline at the Geology and Geography Department which was established in 1955. The department is the first comprehensive teaching and research institute which has teaching, research, and practice activities in the Human Geography Discipline in China. Over the past 60 years, the Human Geography Discipline at PKU has been emphasizing the importance of both teaching and research, and giving priority to practice over theory. It has been experiencing a shift from focusing on the basic theory of the Human Geography Discipline to integrating both basic and applied research. Both an interdisciplinary way of research thinking and an interdisciplinary subject of human geography have been formed with a coordination between liberal arts, sciences and engineering. The Human Geography Discipline is operated together by the Department of Urban and Economic Geography, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and the Research Institute of Historical Geography. In the past 60 years, the Human Geography Discipline at PKU has achieved a series of well-recognized, innovative and high impact research outputs in both domestic and overseas in the fields of urbanization, urban system, urban and regional planning, land use assessment and planning, industrial location and regional industry evolvement, industrial clusters and innovation network, housing and real estate economy, scenic areas and world heritage, village and township development planning, urban social geography, time geography and behavior geography, historical geography, tourism geography research and planning, quantitative geography, transport geography and transport planning. These research outputs provide important scientific and technological supports to the national social and economic development, and have significant contributions to sustainable development of the society, the economic system and the urban-rural areas. In the future, the Human Geography Discipline at PKU will be engaged in servicing the national strategies and commit itself to pioneer the discipline development. It will continue to grow with a stress on communications and collaborations between disciplinary subjects. It will enhance its capability to serve the decision making for national strategy, and increase its reputation and influences in the field of human geography research in the world.

Key words: Peking University, human geography, urban and regional planning, historical geography, innovation and prospect