Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2020, Vol. 75 ›› Issue (2): 226-239.doi: 10.11821/dlxb202002002

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Research progress and prospect on development geography

DENG Xiangzheng1,2,3, JIN Gui4, HE Shujin1, WANG Chengxin5, LI Zhaohua6, WANG Zhanqi7, SONG Malin8, YANG Qingyuan9, ZHANG Anlu10, CHEN Jiancheng11   

  1. 1. Key Laboratory of Land Surface Pattern and Simulation, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    2. Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
    3. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
    4. School of Urban and Environmental Science, Central China Normal University, Wuhan 430079, China
    5. School of Geography and Environment, Shandong Normal University, Jinan 250358, China
    6. Faculty of Resources and Environmental Science, Hubei University, Wuhan 430062, China
    7. School of Public Administration, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan 430074, China
    8. School of Statistics and Applied Mathematics, Anhui University of Finance and Economics, Bengbu 233030, Anhui, China
    9. School of Geographical Sciences, Southwestern University, Chongqing 400715, China
    10. College of Land Management, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China
    11. Economy and Management College, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing 100083, China
  • Received:2019-06-30 Revised:2020-01-07 Online:2020-02-25 Published:2020-04-25
  • Supported by:
    Key Program of National Natural Science Foundation of China(71533004)


In this paper, we review and sort out research progress on development geography since the 20th century, involving its connotation and theory, fields and methods, and development trends in this paper. Specifically, we systematically reviewed the research and application of development geography in the fields such as in the convergence of underdeveloped countries or regions, the convergence in the process of improving the quality of life in developed countries or regions. Then, in line with the analysis of the research progress on development geography in foreign countries, we indicate the development conditions and disciplinary advantages of development geography in China. Further, we pointed that future development geography research in China should focus more on the latest international academic frontier research and national macro-strategic needs. The future research of development geography should be guided by the theory of sustainable development, with the core of improving the sustainable livelihood capacity and regional green development level in underdeveloped areas, and aiming at constructing industrial policy and development geography theory and interdisciplinary integrated research system, and focusing on research on the spatial pattern, diffusion characteristics and convergence mechanism of regional development, to explore the regulatory policies and scientific paths that serve regional economic construction and industrial development.

Key words: development geography, development paths, sustainable development, growth convergence, regiona development, environmental sustainability