Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2021, Vol. 76 ›› Issue (8): 1815-1834.doi: 10.11821/dlxb202108001

• Industrial and Regional Development •     Next Articles

The inheritance, development and transformation of industrial geography in China: Based on analysis of articles published in Acta Geographica Sinica during 1934-2019

HE Canfei1,2(), WANG Wenyu1, GUO Qi3   

  1. 1. School of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
    2. Peking University-Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy, Beijing 100871, China
    3. College of Economic and Social Development, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071, China
  • Received:2020-05-26 Revised:2021-04-27 Online:2021-08-25 Published:2021-10-25
  • Supported by:
    Major Program of National Natural Science Foundation of China(41731278);Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities(499/63172068)


It is very important to summarize the research, understand the development process and direction of industrial geography in China scientifically under the context of the development of international industrial geography. Based on 154 papers on industrial geography published in Acta Geographica Sinica from 1934-2019, this paper reviewed the development process of industrial geography in China and the progress of research in major fields. This paper showed that China's industrial geography is a unique theoretical system based on the integration of Western industrial geography theory and Soviet-style industrial geography theory, under the tasks of theory development and practices. Going through exploration, growth, perspective changing and deepening, industrial geography is gradually brought into line with the international researches on the content and paradigm. The development of discipline needs to meet the national strategic demand, raise theoretical innovation capacity, strengthen the application of new methods and techniques, and develop theories of industrial geography with the Chinese institutional context.

Key words: China, industrial geography, Acta Geographica Sinica, development process, research progress