Urbanization, urban land expansion and environmental change in China

Original Paper


China’s economic reforms and unprecedented growth have generated many fascinating issues for scholarly research. An understanding of urbanization and land use change in China is required for appropriate strategies and policies to facilitate future sustainable development. This paper reviews the literature on urbanization, land use and sustainable development in China with a focus on land use change. We argue that land use and environmental research are embedded in the complex economic-geographical processes and multiple trajectories of development and urbanization in China. This paper highlights the important role of space–time modeling in a multi-disciplinary setting in the study of urbanization, land use and sustainable development. It also points out potential areas for future research.


Urbanization Land use Sustainable development Space–time modeling China 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geography and Institute of Public and International AffairsUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of Geography and Computational Social Science LabKent State UniversityKentUSA

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